Blocks which may prevent language learning
Each student is an individual person and can be influenced in certain way to become a successful learner of any language. But not everyone is very lucky in receiving new information. A problem is in a variety of personalities and in different forms of study. Everyone has a different skills for different activities. It is up to each student to get to know which form of study suits him or her the best.
On the other hand, if we already know our way of learning, we still can be influenced, guided or interrupted by another factors. These factors can be external and internal. We can consider a self-esteem, a concentration and an intrinsic motivation as internal factors. External factors can vary from family background to teacher and experience from previous language lessons or other life situations. Here are few examples:
Self-esteem is important especially within the activities, where the performance of the students is necessary. If the student is afraid to talk, we will never know what his or her level of spoken English is. As well as they will not know what mistakes they can be doing and not knowing about them. We must make sure that students will trust us.
Concentration is another factor not very often mentioned together with the subject of successful learning. It can be considered as a strict selection of our interests and concentration on their most important parts. If we want our students to fully concentrate we have to eliminate all interruptions. Very often happens that students are in the classroom but their mind is somewhere else.
Intrinsic motivation – if the students are intrinsically motivated then they are more likely to engage themselves in the tasks willingly. They are willing to improve their skills and increase their capabilities. Students will be more intrinsically motivated if they are interested in topic, not just in receiving a good grades.