Alphabet of Success in
Abecedario del éxito en la clase de Español
Avoid heavy reliance on a dictionary.
Observe the context of
the situation or written work.
Make and take
opportunities to use the
communication both inside and outside of class.
Compensate for any lack of linguistic ability by:
Asking for help
(repeat, clarify, slow down, give examples, etc.),
Using mime and gesture,
Describing the concept for which you lack a word,
Using hesitation fillers when you need to think, and
Practice out-loud daily, occasionally in front of a
Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Evaluate your own progress.
Forget about your age or aptitude when learning a
Guess when in doubt.
Hypothesize. Before you read a grammar rule, try
to formulate it yourself by
analyzing the examples.
When reading, read on and guess the meaning
of difficult words and
concepts before resorting to a dictionary.
If you don't understand, just say so!
Just be persistent.
Keep a language diary.
Limit your expectations to those
that are reasonable and
attainable. Be patient!
Memorize creatively using images,
Never give up!
Open your mind and develop a better attitude
toward the teacher,
native speakers and the Hispanic culture.
Open your mind to new
concepts and to new ways of learning.
Practice with a partner. Practice daily.
Praise yourself and then practice more.
Quit making excuses.
If you are not making
improvements in the foreign language,
before you blame your
teacher or textbook,
ask yourself if you are
using the strategies of a good language learner.
Relax before you go to class and
before doing homework
Take a deep breath
before doing something challenging.
Study with a partner.
Try not to translate in your head
when speaking. Instead,
try to speak spontaneously.
Use this alphabetized list and refer to it
verb conjugations and grammar rules in a notebook
-- but do it
systematically. Also, put these same items
on 3 x 5 cards for easy
review and memorization.
Wear your successes and reward them.
your own language learning strategies,
problems, successes, and
and talk about them with
Also, learn from the
successes of your classmates.
Yesterday's material should be reviewed
systematically and regularly.
Wake up! Don't sleep in class. Perform every class
your success happen!