Publicly declaring your goals is an idea that I’ve spoken about before. Therefore I’ve decided to set myself language challenges to improve various but specific areas of knowledge of my foreign languages. For those of you who don’t know what SMART goals are here’s a quick run down:
SMART stands for:
- S: Specific. A specific, targeted thing you want to achieve.
- M: Measurable. A way to measure progress, such as attaching a number to the amount of words you want to learn.
- A: Ambitious. It should really feel like a challenge so that you get the most of it.
- R: Realistic. Know your schedule and commitments, but challenge yourself. Combined with Ambitious.
- T: Time bound. It should have a finish date to work towards.
For the last point, Time bound, I’m going to be using Olly Richards (from http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com) suggestion of following the software development technique of sprints whereby in a short space of time (this is subjective but ranges from a week to a month). You can read it here: http://www.fluentin3months.com/sprint-goal/. In the article, it talks about categories of language learners. I’m definitely in the category of starting something but often not following through because I have so much I want to learn. So these challenges will be as much about sticking to the task is it is about the results. Positive habits are harder to create than negative ones.
I’m excited to level-up my language learning and share it with you guys!
SMART goals for language learning: http://www.5minutelanguage.com/how-to-set-smart-goals-for-language-learning/