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How to learn a language
How to learn a language

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Week 1: Your motivation and goals


This week of the course is written by Tita Beaven.

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Figure 1 Tita Beaven, author of Week 1.

Welcome to Week 1 of this free badged course, How to learn a language.

This week you will think about your reasons and your goals for learning a language, and you’ll explore what the possible barriers to you accomplishing your goals might be, and what you can do about it.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • visualise your ‘future language self’ and set SMART goals
  • think about how realistic your aims are, map your journey and consider how long it will take
  • understand possible barriers to your success, and how to deal with them.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.