Lessons from the Anita Wenden Reading

Lessons from the Anita Wenden Reading

Lessonsfrom the Anita Wenden Reading

Ihonestly look forward to learning languages and effectively applythem in my daily life. Therefore, the article I chose for theassignment is “How to Become a Successful Language Leaner” byAnita Wenden. Because of my passion for languages, the title of thearticle caught my attention. As an international student in theUnited States, I yearn to know how to become a successful languageleaner more effective. By reading this article, I practically learnedthe ideals of learning a language and the optimal strategies ofacquiring language skills.

Inthe article,Anita Wenden takes three perspectives of how students can learnEnglish by evaluating several students.To do this, she interviewed students by dividing them into threegroups.The topic of first group was the use the language.And they summarize five points: learning the natural way,practicing speech,thinking in the second language,living in the language’s environment and not worrying about themistakes(Wenden 20).Thetopic of the second group is learning about the language.The main content of this topic is learning grammar and vocabulary,taking a formal course,learning from one’s mistakes and being mentally active.The topic of the third group is that personal factors are important.This topic includes the emotional aspects,a person’s self-concept and the aptitude for learning.

Inthe article, Wenden cites examples that highlight views of learning alanguage.In my opinion, I agree three groups present different methods thatare effective to learn English.In my case,I usually study English by learning the natural way,learning grammar and vocabulary.In learning this language, I am not afraid of making mistakes, if Iwill learn from them.However, thinking in my second language is a good way that I learnedto study English.

Wendenargues that people personal factors are important influences inlearning of a language(Wenden 23).Inmy case, I knew that the switching between the languages was apersonal factor. I identify with this because I always had to switchthe two languages in my thought.When I first came to America to study,I felt as if I could not adapt to the new environment and culture.For example,I found it challenging to determine when to use English and when touse Chinese, because the latter came to mind at the first time. I hadto learn how to change my mind from speaking Chinese to English, justbefore I spoke out.It was particularly challenging because was used to always think inChinese.After reading the article, I find the way to solve it.

Wendenalso teaches that language learners should first build up thevocabulary.She further argues thatlearners need todescribe the environment around them(Wenden 21).Forexample,learners can use new vocabulary and syntactic structure to describethings morespecifically.Wenden further argues that learners of English should communicatewith the native students and ask questions when in need ofclarification.Wenden explains that thinkingin the language they are learning is not easy,but it’s something that can be practiced at any time (Wenden 21).However,she recommends it as the best achievement in learning a language. Tostress this, she says, “If you have to think in English,you speak better” (Wenden 21).

Allin all,all suggestions the article offers a wealth of knowledge tointernational students to learn English as their second language. Inmy opinion practiceand thinkingin the second language offers the best lessons for learning alanguage. This is because I identify with this as an internationalstudent who tries to switch between Chinese and English in my mind.In addition, Wenden offers a lesson to learners to avoid being afraidto make mistakes. I think this is important as I practice learningwhile making mistakes.My English is not best in the university,but I believe my efforts to learn will get me the best results.