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How to learn a language

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Interested in learning a second language but don't know where to start? Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully in this free course, How to learn a language.

This course will introduce you to the skills and strategies you need for language learning. You will be encouraged to set realistic goals when learning a language, and you will be given advice on how to keep motivated to achieve these goals. You will practise speaking skills and vocabulary learning strategies.

You will watch videos featuring other language learners to learn from their experience and the three course authors will share their top tips on how to successfully learn another language.

Watch the following video in which one of the authors, Open University academic Fernando Rosell-Aguilar, introduces the course further.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

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