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1st Edition

Success with Languages

ISBN 9780415368377
Published August 24, 2005 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Success with Languages is designed to help all students develop the skills they need to become an effective language learner and to make the most of language study.

Written by experienced language teachers at the Open University, this book offers undergraduates and postgraduates crucial and practical advice on important areas such as:

  • choosing a language and study programme
  • setting personal goals for language learning and monitoring progress
  • using ICT to support language learning.

Each of the ten chapters features a number of exercises in order to help students assess the ways they learn and consider where improvements can be made, making the most of the media available and how to use resources effectively.

Table of Contents

1. Language Learning and Language Learners  2. Getting Started  3. Becoming an Effective Learner  4. Reflection and Self-Evaluation  5. Developing Competence in the Language (1): Reading and Listening Skills  6. Developing Competence in the Language (2): Writing and Speaking Skills  7. The World as a Classroom   8. Using ICT to Support your Language Learning  9. Assessment  10. Making the Most of Support

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Stella Hurd is Senior Lecturer and Linda Murphy is a Staff Tutor in the Department of Languages at The Open University, UK.


'Whatever your motivation or goals, this book will help you to realize your potential and gain access to new cultures, peoples and their heritage.'

-Association of Language Learning

'Its is clear that this book is the result of years of experience, coupled with unmistakeable concern for and sensitivity to the particular needs of the adult learner.' - Association of Language Learning


'A first-rate general introduction to all known learning techniques and discussions, but even better in my view is it's refreshing tang of lived experience from the contributors.' -  Richard Oates, Sherborne School