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Quiero un consejo ?

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I am currently at the university in the career of Language Pedagogy.
I like languages, but I'm not good at English, every semester I find it harder with my studies. I make an effort in studying pedagogy and learning English, but my academic performance in English subjects has low marks because it makes it difficult for me to understand the classes and perform the tasks. I do my best. But what can I do. I'm not making progress.
Every semester I find it difficult to understand the subjects.

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Natassia鈥檚 Answer

Hi Sara. First of all, forgive me for my Spanish, which is not the best. I am from Brazil and have lived in the United States for almost 9 years. I also learned English as my second language, but today I speak it fluently. I'm sure you can too! I have a diploma in English, and I have taught English as a second language for over 15 years. Perhaps the way the language is taught at your university is not the most appropriate for you; we all have different ways of learning. The first thing to do is to find out what kind of student she is, that is, what strategies help her learn, and what are the things she is missing. Know yourself. For example, do you like to read? Listen to music? Do you like to learn the grammar of a language more directly (by reading the rules, for example) or do you prefer to understand them through a text? After you understand what works for you as a language learner, you need to start using the techniques that are useful to you. You have two options here: try learning on your own, looking for the materials yourself, but following the techniques that you know are good for you, or finding a tutor. If you decide to look for a tutor, you have to make it very clear what are the things that help you, and which hinder your learning. I recommend that you find a tutor, at least for a short time (a few months maybe), and then you can continue on your own. Finally, I also suggest that you look for someone who can practice English with you (you can find a person online). A "conversation partner," perhaps someone who is learning Spanish and is fluent in English. Then you can help each other. Luck!

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Fernando鈥檚 Answer

If the difficulty is the English language some tutorials would help with that. Organize your time in such a way that it gives you free time to practice English with an instructor. Universities often offer free or low-cost tutoring. There are also online programs that offer you help with multiple languages.

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Rebecca鈥檚 Answer

Is you lessons on Pedagogy is conducted in English that affecting your learning process or you would like to practice Pedagogy in English?
For earlier case, have your ever explored any other courses in other languages ? If you really do not have any other choices, you may need to spend more time on learning English. Practice like reading and speaking is the most more important to learn a language. You can try to read more English books and any chance to speak English, e.g. Find a part time job that needs to speak English. If it really does not help, you may consider to suspend your tertiary study for a while, focus on improving your English first.
For 2nd case, would you consider to practice Pedagogy in other languages? It may make your life easier.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!

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Guy鈥檚 Answer


learning a foreign languages is not always an easy step, especially if this is a general difficulty for you to learn other languages.
By experience , I have learned 3 other languages (mother tong French, and I learned English, German and Dutch).
I succeed in English and German but not really in Dutch.
One of the best way to learn a foreign language is first to study on a regular (daily) basis vocabulary (I made even some recording in the 2 directions) this will help you to have a set of words in your mind for any conversation.
Second, practice , practice and practice, i.e. you need to find someone who is willing to speak with you on a very regular basis and only in the foreign language. Don't try to translate in your mother tong, but find other words to express what you want to say.
Listen to also to Television (without text translation) - I didn't made it so often, but it helps you also to gain some vocabulary