November 13 2020

Language tips

Let´s take it to the next level!

Help me to help you! Como el Ayúdame a ayudarte de Jerry McGuire.

Learning a language is an activity that not only allows you to expand your frontiers of knowledge and experiences, but also makes you know and better understand the rules of your own language. When we decide to start the adventure of entering a new language with enthusiasm, motivation and dedication, we obtain in a short time, the reward of communication.

Sometimes the most effective way to demonstrate our level of Spanish is through official exams that certify having passed the level in the four main skills. To face the official exams, we recommend taking into account the following tips:

  1. Take time to get to know the structure of the exam. Do not go directly and anxiously into the content. Many times it helps us more to know the exam technique than to know what it asks itself. Decide with your teacher what is the appropriate level to test and focus your first efforts on mastering the tests. Not in the realization, yet in its structure.
  2. Organize your work at home in such a way that the time you are in class with your Spanish teacher can resolve all the doubts that have arisen during your independent work.
  3. Ask the teacher for extra material to practice what you have done in class. In this way you can be sure to consolidate the contents with more practice.
  4. Don't focus exclusively on grammar rules. A language is full of words that are not just tenses. Try to enjoy movies, radio shows, news, podcast ... Any material that motivates you at different times and expands your vocabulary.
  5. Take advantage of any opportunity that arises to practice what you have learned. Do not hide. Be brave! The basis of learning is in error. Practice, use the words you already know to come up with a difficult concept. In no time you will be filled with faith in yourself.
  6. Don't forget that passing the tests depends on different skills. No matter how comfortable you feel with any of them, try practicing activities of all kinds. Try to locate your weaknesses and take advantage of the time with your teacher to help you master them.
  7. When you do mock exams in class with your Spanish teacher, imagine yourself at the time of the exam. Don't say and do things that you wouldn't do with the examiner. This will make it more practical for you.
  8. Frequently review the Spanish vocabulary. Try to use a new word every day so that it is in your repertoire.
  9. Be flexible with your organization and study. Don't set yourself too strict goals. If you do, you will end up not complying with them. We always start something very motivated and as it becomes more difficult for us, we put it aside. Be constant, but at the same time allow flexibility.
  10. One day before the Spanish test, take time to assess all that you have achieved. It seemed impossible, but with your effort you have achieved a lot. Visualize how your level was when you decided to take the test and how you feel now. You will get it!

Beatriz Garcia - Spanish Teacher UPB