4 easy steps to set goals and become a successful language learner
In today’s video I explain language goals: what are they, why you need them, and how to set great goals which make you a successful language learner. Watch it here, or read the summary below.
What are language goals?
A language goal is something you want to achieve in your language study.
It can be anything from “learn 5 new words everyday” to “ pass a C1 exam at the end of the year.
Why set language goals?
- Give a direction to your study and help you stay motivated and consistent.
- You don't have to share them with anyone, but if you do, you will get an accountability boost, and increase your chances of reaching them.
- setting and periodically reviewing your goals helps you track your progress.
- SMARTER goals ensure you keep studying and that your study is moving in the right direction. You avoid the risk of studying "the wrong way" and not getting the expected results.
- Achieving your goals give you a self-confidence boost. Make sure to set goals which are challenging yet achievable. By regularly setting and achieving your goals, you become very confident in your ability to succeed.
How to set language goals?
It is a simple four steps process:
1- Know why you want to study this language
2- Since you know the reasons behind your study, you must have a rough idea of what the outcome of your study should be. Get clear on this outcome. Do you want to be able to speak French on holidays? Or write work emails in Spanish? Or have conversations with your in-laws in their language? Determine the ideal outcome of your study. This is your big goal.
3 - Scale your big goals down to create goals which are smaller and easier to reach in a short span of time. I recommend setting monthly goals, weekly goals and even daily goals. This helps keeping you motivated and beating procrastination. What can you do this month to move closer to your goal? What can you do this week? And what can you do today?
4 - Make them specific. You want to make sure it is super easy to know when your goal is achieved. What will you do exactly, and when? Give them a deadline.
And that’s it, you have your goals. Write them down so you can review them later, and start learning.
If you’d like a more detailed version of this process, I recommend the ebook: SMARTER language goals, setting yourself for success in four easy steps.
What are your language goals? Do you use a different process to set them? Please share your goals and/or your process in the comments below.