I have been asked many times, what is the best method of learning? Frankly speaking, an ideal method does not exist! Why? Because every student is different, has different needs, expectations and personal styles of learning.
If “visual” intelligence predominates your life, you “see” language like you see other things. In this case, it will be easier for you to remember words you have seen written. You probably like working with texts, presentations, photos, movies, schemas, diagrams, lists of words and pictures. It is also possible that you do not like to talk too much an in your language you use expressions like“ I don’t see ”, “show me”, “ let’s imagine” and “ this is clear”.
If you learn the language by listening, than you would prefer attending lectures instead of making notes. You probably would like to repeat new words and expressions aloud and discuss problem with others to find solution. It is possible that you would use expressions like “listen, I am talking to you”, “ it sounds bizarre”, “I have a question”.
If your “channel” of experiencing the language is though emotion, movement, and touch, then you learn language by action, doing things, experimenting, and role-playing. You probably tend to use a lot of gestures, like to move, and maybe have some spelling problems. Expression you would like to use would include “ to take something”, “ I don’t feel like…” “to hold fast”, “to touch upon an important question”. Many times you can be “visual” and “emotional” at the same time!
Knowing your type will help you in a process of learning and will make it more pleasurable and fun. Nothing will be too difficult.
Based on this knowledge above, you can choose between individual lessons, group courses, tandem courses or e-learning that follows your preferred method.
During the individual lesson your teacher can concentrate only on you and your needs so the time can be used very effectively.
If you choose to study in a group because you like to meet other people and you prefer group learning, it can either speed-up or slow-down your process depending the group you are in. The collective motivation plays a big role in a group learning as well. When choosing groups, we should not forget about self-learning after classes.
The teacher can help you a lot guiding this process but a lot of work you must do alone to master a language.
As a complement to the information above, I would like to recommend a very good way of learning foreign languages called “tandem language learning”. A lot of language schools and universities are using this method. From my experience it is a very effective and pleasant tactic based on language exchange between two native speakers, each wanting to learn the other’s language.