Intensive Vs. Extensive: How to read effectively in your target language

Reading is an essential, but sometimes overlooked, component to language learning.  As language learners, we tend to put a lot of emphasis on speaking and rightfully so, as the goal for most of us is to be able to converse with other people.  But what if you could boost your vocabulary and help solidify grammar without doing endless drills.  Creating a habit of reading in your target language can help you do just that. Continue reading “Intensive Vs. Extensive: How to read effectively in your target language”

Step-by-step guide to the Goldlist Method

The Goldlist method, developed by David J. James, allows you to commit a large amount of vocabulary to your long-term memory through a relaxed and stress free process.  This concept is based on the theory that small blocks of study time (approximately 20 minutes) separated by short breaks (about 10 minutes) used in conjunction with spaced repetition will allow you to bypass your short term memory and learn large quantities of vocabulary with relatively little effort. Continue reading “Step-by-step guide to the Goldlist Method”