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How to Be a More Successful Language Learner (Teaching Methods) Paperback – January 31, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0838447345 ISBN-10: 0838447341 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Teaching Methods
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (January 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838447341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838447345
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part I: BEFORE YOU BEGIN. 1. You, the Language Learner. 2. The Language Learning Process. 3. Clarifying Your Objectives. 4. Planning Your Language Study. 5. The Communication Process. 6. The Nature of Learning. 7. Language Learning Resources. Part II: ONCE YOU BEGIN. 8. Take Charge of Your Learning. 9. What You Know Can Help You. 10. Assessment of Strategy Use. 11. Vocabulary and Grammar. 12. Listening. 13. Reading. 14. Speaking. 15. Writing.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Stickles on May 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
The book is designed to cover the "psychological, linguistic, and practical matters surrounding the successful acquisition of a new language." It covers the first two quite well, but the presentation of "practical matters" often falls short in providing nuts-and-bolts ideas with sufficient examples to help you implement them.
A much better book for most aspiring language learners looking for a how-to guide is Graham Fuller's "How to Learn a Foreign Language". It is less academic and more practical in tone, providing many suggestions with plenty of examples. The only practical things I saw in Rubin and Thompson's book which Fuller's did not have are (a) a self-test to help you identify your weak spots in language-learning skills, and (b) a section to help you clarify your objectives in learning a new language.
If you like the academic approach, this may be a good book for you. If you prefer a more familiar tone with a "hands-on" emphasis, get Fuller's book instead.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GBoomer on March 10, 2003
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I wish I had this book 20 some years ago when I began learning Chinese. Although I have many years of language study behind me (including a degree in Chinese language and literature), I still found helpful, new ideas in this book when I bought it two years ago. And I continue to refer to it occassionaly for reminders and inspiration.

Many language teachers do not teach well HOW to be a student of the foreign language that they teach. Many are native speakers and never themselves had to think about how they learned the language they teach.

Also inspiring is the latest research and theory about language learning presented here. When I began foreign language learning, it was an accepted "fact" that adults (like me) could not learn languages as well as children. It is a suprise and relief to read in this book that research now debunks this myth.

I was suprised to see the other reviews of this book here on Amazon and to see that they were negative. I have found it to be a very helpful, well researched and well written book and an important reference in my continuing language studies.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Kelly on April 20, 2000
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This book offers little information that a chat with any trained, competent language teacher wouldn't offer. Do you need to buy a book to tell you that you should learn something new everyday or be an organized student?
There are a few extras like a diagram showing the levels of fluency in learning a language, but that's not worth the price of the book. Save your money and get a good dictionary or other supplement for the language you wish to learn.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2000
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We are using this book, believe it or not, as a required text in an intermediate level French course. I would not recommend it. Almost everything in this book is simply common sense. The information is too general to be useful - it would be much more helpful simply to learn about the language you are studying. The writing is rather simplistic. The only people who might find it useful are those who have never studied a foreign language. If you are already learning one, you know everything in this book that applies to you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luis de Almagro on December 19, 2004
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Certainly this book is a "must". It's a little bit more practical than "How to learn any language". I can't understand why people who wrote some of the reviews on this page don't like it.

This is one of the few books written in English focused on this subject. For Instance, If you have difficulties learning pronunciation it helps you how to improve your performance at that point giving you a lot of originals tips and so on with the others items of the language learning (reading, oral comprehension vocabulary, etc).

This is a special book. A veritable treasure.
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