Commitment and Persistence

The intentional act of binding or uniting oneself to a particular course of action, program, institution, or association is referred to as ‘commitment.’ When commitment endures for a long period of time, it transcends periods of negative attitude, helps elevate levels of motivation, and further increases the probability of goal-attainment. ‘Persistence’ is the sum of intentional actions which lead to goal-attainment. In essence, persistence is ‘not giving up.’

Engaging in the Learning Process

When an individual or group fully engages in the learning process, they actively seek out new information from multiple sources on the given subject matter, beyond the information being dispensed at the moment by the instructor or what is written in a textbook. Becoming fully-engaged in the learning process is referred to as ‘active learning,’ or the state in which the learner: sets her or his own goals; develops their own learning strategies; recognizes when they misunderstand something; recognizes when they understand a concept, phrase, or word; collaborates with others for further intellectual and linguistic growth. Active learning is a vital shared goal of each Lingo4all instructor and successful student.

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Motivation and Attitude is everything

The desire of an individual or group to make an intentional effort toward achieving one or more goals is referred to as ‘motivation.’ There are two basic types of motivation: Extrinsic and Intrinsic: the former type being associated with the desire for some type of external reward, such as a new car, a house, a professional distinction, or perhaps job security; the latter type is associated with the desire for some sort of internal reward, such as the feeling that may develop inside oneself when that person comes to the aid or otherwise helps another individual or group, or such as when an individual with a debilitating mental illness is motivated toward obtaining and engaging in therapeutic interventions and subsequent inner-peace.

Every learner of a foreign language should self-assess their motivation. Please remember that extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation are not mutually exclusive; in fact, the two forms of motivation often work very well together, providing increased probability of goal-attainment.

The way an individual or group is currently thinking about themselves and their surroundings is referred to as ‘attitude.’ Some people possess a very stable attitude, while the attitudes of others can fluctuate dramatically and often. Attitudes may be either positive or negative, but they are rarely neutral. Developing and maintaining a positive attitude with regards to language acquisition is critical: the learner must believe in her- or him-self and the program in which they are enrolled. Your instructors at Lingo4all can help you develop a ‘can do’ attitude!

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Benefits of Learning a Second Language

The findings of numerous research studies, in conjunction with decades of instructor-observations in primary, secondary, and higher education classroom settings, reveal several measurable benefits of learning a second language.
According to Notre Dame University (USA), these benefits include:
● Increased self-awareness
● Increased awareness of others
● The development of new and lasting friendships
● The development of better interpersonal skills
● Becoming more informed of various stereotypes and prejudices, along with how to challenge and overcome or mitigate them
● The increased ability to promote social healing and enhance harmony between groups
● The probable increase of knowledge and wisdom that enables the multi-lingual individual to become better equipped to live in a multicultural world

According to research conducted by The University of the Potomac (USA), the benefits of second language acquisition also include:
● Increased brain stimulation
● Improved attention span
● Enhanced creativity
● Improvement in memory
● Slowing of cognitive decline
● Improved self-esteem
● The development or strengthening of multitasking skills
● Tends to enable more and better career options
● Improvement in the use and understanding of the learner’s primary or mother language

According to research conducted at Brigham Young University (USA), additional benefits of second language acquisition include:
● Significantly improved study habits
● New and/or improved memorization skills
● Markedly improved reading ability
● Improved problem-solving skills
● A correlation with higher standardized test scores
● Increased self-confidence
● Global and cultural empathy

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