Islandhoppers

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languist
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Islandhoppers

Postby languist » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:54 am

/@ mods - I wasn't sure whether to post this in challenges or groups (as it isn't for a specific language), but opted for groups as it's intended to be a study space for those so inclined to widen their vocabulary through a range of prompts and mini-challenges, rather than a specific challenge with a set timeframe/quota etc, but I understand if you decide to move it/

Find yourself repeating the same tired old vocab again and again?
Or taking the time to learn new words and then hardly getting a chance to put them into action?
Looking to widen your vocabulary but need that extra little push in the right direction? Unsure of where your gaps are?
Then you're in the right place !

Welcome to Islandhoppers : a group for prompts and mini-challenges !

Sometimes, we need a little extra guidance or external inspiration to open up new doors.

I found myself thinking about how we acquired vocabulary at school, and while many of the teaching methods were flawed, the way we learnt new words was very effective. First, pick a theme. Next, gather a list of related words. Now memorise them through tests and repetition (nowadays we use srs). Finally, write a paragraph using them in context. Simple, thorough, reliable.

Through this method, we can form many "language islands" upon which to build the foundations of our communication. However, language courses won't cover every topic, and as much as we must all be self-directed learners, we can't always know exactly what we don't know !

In this group, the aim is to offer mini prompts and tasks to inspire vocab acquisition and creative output in your target language.

Each week, there will be a theme and related prompt, ideally one each for beginners and those more advanced. I have ideas for different styles of activities which we can explore if people are interested. This concept is based on something I used to do for learners of English, and I hope that people may find it useful here too.

If you'd like to join us, let us know and we'll begin ! :)
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby languist » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:55 am

/reserved in the event that ppl are into it: prompts of the week will be posted here/
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languist
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby languist » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:56 am

/reserved for old prompts etc etc. done now, hope this is okay/
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Brun Ugle
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby Brun Ugle » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:57 am

I’ve actually been toying with the idea of doing something like this on my own, but I love the idea of doing it as part of a group and having a bit of guidance. I’m in.
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tiia
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby tiia » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:15 pm

Sounds definitely interesting. I cannot yet say for sure I'm in, but I'll keep an eye on this group and how it's developing. Maybe I'll just pick out a challenge every now and then.

Do you think it would be possible to take part with several languages like doing one week language X and next week doing a task in language Y?
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anamsc
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby anamsc » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:03 pm

I'm interested as well. Great idea!
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby Spoonary » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:51 pm

Count me in! :)
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby Maiwenn » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:08 pm

I love this idea! I'm in. :)
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tiia
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby tiia » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:44 pm

When do we start with the first task? I'm just too curious...
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Re: Islandhoppers

Postby Systematiker » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 pm

I'd like to do this, too
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