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Building Fluency: Can You Learn A Language In Six Months?

These materials below will help you to prepare for fluency building lessons on the topic: Can You Learn A Language In Six Months.

How to use the materials:

Firstly, look at the topic questions - we will start the lesson by answering these. Then look at the materials that I have chosen to help you to start building your vocabulary and ideas around the topic and to answer the questions. Each material has been given an approximate difficulty level to understand which will suit you best.

The main focus of individual lessons is to use the materials as the basis of natural conversation about the topic to give you the opportunity to really develop your speaking skills, identify missing vocabulary, correct grammatical and pronunciation errors and actively teach you skills that will bring your English forwards.

When using the materials, write down any new vocabulary that you think you would need to talk about the topic - Any new vocabulary can be learnt most effectively using Anki flashcards. If you find a lot of new vocabulary, set a limit to how much you want to learn and only learn what you think is most relevant for yourself. Also, make a note of any questions that you have about the language or grammar used in the materials to discuss together.


Can You Learn A Language In Six Months


  1. What do you think is the best way of learning a language?

  2. If you started to learn a new language from today, from scratch, how would you do it?

  3. What do you think are the biggest differences between your native language and English, that make English harder to learn?


Chris Lonsdale, who has developed "a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time", gave a really interesting Tedx Talk on this very topic - what are his 5 Principles and 7 Actions? (C1 - C2)

FluentU, which is an excellent resource for English learners, published a post entitled How to Learn a Language in 6 Months According to the Experts, in which they consider the opinions of several experts, including Chris Lonsdale above. (B1-B2)

Lastly, on the Indy100 website, there is an interesting post called The 12 most difficult parts of learning English, according to non-English speakers. Watch out for the hundreds of adverts, and see how many of these difficulties you can identify with yourself. What would you add to the list? (B1-B2)

Over to you

Having thought about the topic questions to answer and looked through some of the materials you are ready to talk about this topic for some excellent speaking practice and to activate any new language you have learnt!

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