How to Create a Language Learning Plan

Do you want to know how to build a language study plan that actually works?

Do you want to know how to start learning a new language?

Create your own plan based on your needs following this step-by-step guide.

What is a Language Learning Plan?

A language learning plan is a structure of activities and procedures that help someone to accomplish a goal.

In this case, creating a plan for our language learning process can help us to decide what should be our next step when we sit down to study it.

It’s super important to have a plan before starting any long process because you don’t lose your

What is your motivation to start learning a new language?

Motivation can be defined as the process that initiates, guides, and mantians goal-oriented behaviors. So, when I say that having motivation to learn a languages is the key, I really mean it. However, motivation is not the most important one.

If you’re still thinking about learning a foreign language and you’re not sure about it, check out these 15 reasons why you should learn a new language this year.

Find motivation and have perseverance

Motivation Perseverance
It will help you to start the journey of learning a new language. It will help you to keep learning the language even when you don’t want to.

With this said, we can now be sure about the importance of both terms. Our ability to stick with our tasks that will leads us to reach our goals is essential. So, be patient and always have perseverance.

Because, if one day, you feel that you don’t want to even think about studying the language, perseverance will make its job.

How to Build a Language Study Plan That Actually Works

Some time ago, I created a guideline to finally create my own language plan. I wasn’t really sure about the effectiveness of the guideline, but now that I’ve been working on it, I know that we can all make some progress in our language journey.

This is a guideline that works for every language, so it doesn’t matter what language you are learning. You’ll be able to see progress anyway.

Please, keep in mind that not everyone learns new things in the same way, so try to use this guideline or change it based on your own goals.

Set realistic goals

You’re probably thinking ‘how do I know what are the realistic goals and which don’t?’.

Well, in this case, you have to ask yourself:

‘What is my current mindset, motivation level, timeframe, skills, and abilities?’

Realistic goals are those that will be accomplished because of your current situation. I cannot say that I’m going do 100 push-ups in one minute because my physical condition is not that good.

  • An unrealistic goal about languages would be ‘Be able to talk about advance topics in one month’ if I haven’t even study the simple present.
  • A realistic goal would be ‘Be able to create basic sentences using the verb to be in English’. That’s a basic content that you can truly learn in a short period of time (a month, for example).

You can find more information about setting goals for learning languages in this video.

Choose a notebook

This notebook will be mainly used for writing vocabulary, grammar notes, activities, and things related to your target language. Also, another benefit of having a specific notebook for your language notes is that it’s going to be easier to find what you’ve studied. Keeping things organized is a MUST for a language learner.

Find resources for each skill of the language

The components of the languages are listening, writing, speaking, reading, vocabulary, and I would also say grammar. Therefore, remember that we need to work every skill of the language in order to learn it.

In the video I posted in this article, you can find some resources that I normally use to practice English at home. Some examples are:

  • Listening to podcasts
  • Journaling
  • Re-writing paragraphs

Choose the activities to study the language

The activities that you select for your plan must spark joy to you. Those are the things that you’ll do to make progress, so you need to enjoy the time you spend doing that. Some of the activities that I love to do are:

  • Journaling
  • Watching youtubers
  • Reading short stories
  • Listening to podcasts

Organize the activities in your calendar

I’m a big fan of calendars and planning. I feel that when I write activities in my calendar or bullet journal, it forces me to actually do the things.

In this part, I recommend setting a specific time and place for each activity. When you know when and where are you going to do something, it creates a habit.

Do weekly revisions

For me, at least, the best day to do weekly revisions is on Sundays because I organize my whole week that day. So, I try to do everything related to planning and revisions together.

You can check what goals you accomplished the previous week and consider the ones that weren’t accomplish to be worked the next week.

These are all the things that I do when I create new language learning plans for English or Korean. Now that you know the tricks, I would like to tell you my two biggest suggestions:

  • Do not stress or overwhelm. Remember that this process should be fun because it’s something you want to do.
  • Start small. Small steps can make a huge difference.

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