Kaufmann: Learning How to Learn: A Polyglot's Opinion

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Kaufmann: Learning How to Learn: A Polyglot's Opinion

Postby Kraut » Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:46 am


Learning How to Learn: A Polyglot's Opinion

In order to be successful language learners, it can help to have some sense of the learning process, what is actually going on in our brains. This can determine our learning activities and our expectations of ourselves. 0:00​ - How the reading I have done about the brain has helped my learning. 1:06​ - What I think you need to do in order to be a successful learner. 2:55​ - How I applied my knowledge of how to learn to studying languages. 4:54​ - Learning is about change. 7:40​ - A big part of the process is learning to trust your brain. 8:48​ - You need to have a vision of yourself as a learner to succeed.

Enjoy reading and let the brain do its work.
What about putting in a lot of effort? He quotes Spitzer but not Dehaene.
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Re: Kaufmann: Learning How to Learn: A Polyglot's Opinion

Postby Steve » Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:54 pm

Back when I first joined HTLAL and discovered the world of independent language learners, I was rather confused at the lack of agreement on materials and methods that worked. After awhile, I noticed a few principles that seemed to apply to all successful learners. The materials and methods chosen by successful language leaners at various stages of progress were both enjoyable and effective for them. I then spent a long time trying to figure out what made things effective.

Over the years I finally settled on three main things. The first was brain function, the second was related to Deming's views on quality and systems in contrast to Taylor's Scientific Management views that have dominated US thought in business and education, and the third is research showing how individual people have different traits (e.g. Gallup's Strengths research). To the extent the materials and methods used build appropriate brain structures that empower skills, they are effective. To the extent that materials and methods follow Deming's more holistic views on continuous improvement and growth of an entire process (vs. Taylor's views on splitting a process into small independent tasks that experts determine how best to do), they are effective. To the extent they are adapted to individual differences, they are effective. I've found that this empowers learning anything and not just languages.
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