We all need some wise words to give us a little boost at the start of a new week, which is why we continue to bring you our Motivational Monday posts; a collection of quotes and ideas to provide inspiration for whatever goals we have ahead, as well as how they might apply to teaching and learning English.
The lesson: It’s important to think of English language learning as more than a literal translating of words and phrases. It’s about understanding and being understood, and about broadening your horizons via widening your methods of communication.
2. “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” – Mark Van Doren
The lesson: Teaching is about opening the minds of others, but can also teach you a lot about yourself – as these first-hand accounts for people who have taught in Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Nepal, illustrate.
3. “You cannot open a book without learning something” – Confucius
The lesson: Even if opening a course text highlights how little you know about a subject that you thought you were competent in, that is helpful.
4. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen” – Ernest Hemingway
The lesson: When learning any language, listening is vital. A natural part of learning is spending time in the native country of the language you’re learning, practicing your spoken and written language, but also listening to what people are saying to you, and how they say it.
5. “There are no short cuts to any place worth going” – Beverly Stills
The lesson: As this thought-leadership article from Mike Mayor explains, improving your proficiency in the four skills in a new language – listening, reading, speaking and writing – can be difficult and time-consuming. In other words, there are no shortcuts to proficiency; we must map out a personalised path to it.