It´s been a while since I´ve been thinking about this topic. It really puzzles me the thought that we´ve all been born absolutely unique and it is a fact that no two brains are the same, and yet, very little is explored about this uniqueness and its potential.
For a couple of years now I´ve been asking people if they knew how they learnt better… and it has been very interesting to witness most people's reactions as it seems they had never been asked before.
And I must admit that until not that long ago, I hadn't gone into this topic deep enough myself despite being in the language learning and teaching field for 20 years… And that just seems crazy!
I knew about different learning styles and multiple intelligences to take them into account and incorporate them into my planning. But to actually really reflect on me as a learner throughout my life and try to make connections, discover learning patterns and what has helped me learn and what...
When I stumbled trying to speak English in the States, I was desperate to find a new way. I knew it had to be possible...
But I was also TERRIFIED.
My failed attempts to communicate successfully to a number of people had left me totally demoralised (like the time when I was at a bank counter trying to explain that the cash machine had swallowed my bank card, and the lady at the window running out of patience and seeing that the queue behind me had started to build, looked over me and said “next”!)
However, despite the negative experiences, here are some of the things I’ve come to find out and appreciate: