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Get ready for beginners’ French
Get ready for beginners’ French

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6 Your goals

Before you embark on your language learning journey, think about what it will entail, and consider your goals.

What will you find challenging? For example, you might have negative memories from school about learning vocabulary and dread the thought of memorising long lists of words. Of course, learning a new language will inevitably involve remembering words and phrases – but you will receive some practical tips and advice which can help with that. As you work through this course, you will discover that there’s more to learning French than simply recalling vocabulary, and there are plenty of other aspects that will make your studies interesting and rewarding.

Learning French will take some time and commitment, so it’s important to maintain your enthusiasm and motivation. Keep sight of your personal goals while studying, and the situations in which you could use your French. Whether you just want to learn a few words and facts about France, or you’re aiming to become fluent and move to a French-speaking country, there is no such thing as a bad reason to learn French!

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Figure 6 Where will French take you?

To finish off this first week of study, take some time to recap and think ahead in more detail about your own goals and challenges.

Activity 4 Your learning journey

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Consider the following questions about your goals and the journey to get there. Note down any thoughts in the box below.

  • Why am I going to learn French?

  • What will I be good at?

  • What might I find challenging?

  • How will I make the time?

  • What will keep me motivated?

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