Remember the days of elementary school when the teacher would call on you to read out loud? There’s a reason for that, and teachers know it well: It Works! Think about it… this was one of the most effective tools you used to learn your own language, and it can be just as effective for learning a foreign language.
Foreign Language Self-Study
You don’t have to be in a classroom to use a dual language reader. The internet has made it possible for you to connect with other foreign language learners, anywhere in the World! For instance, if you want to study the Russian language you can connect with someone in Russia who wants to learn English, then communicate via Skype for Free! When you meet up to talk and chat, try reading a dual language book and then you can help & correct one another right there on the spot. This language learning technique is called “language exchange” (learn more about it: here).
A couple of places you can begin looking for “connections” with someone who speaks the language you want to learn (and in exchange, you help them learn your language) are:
You can also join a foreign language group in your hometown (or start your own). Implement the same exercise discussed above, at group meetings: take turns reading aloud from a dual language reader or foreign language text. To find, or start, a foreign language group in your city, check out:
Foreign Language Study in the Classroom
When we began creating Dual Language Books, the reading aloud exercise was one of the many ways we contemplated they might be used. We were very pleased to discover that college & university professors have incorporated our Dual Language Readers into their classes to supplement foreign language instruction.
If you’re a teacher, professor, student, or self-study language learner, we’d love to hear about your experience with our dual language books. Let Us Know! Your feedback will be used to improve future dual language readers.