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AN ACHIEVABLE TARGET

The main purpose of these courses is to help students break down all linguistic barriers and grow confidence, either improve or correct pronunciation for better understanding, both when speaking and when listening.

Other very important aspects of the language are idioms and phrasal verbs, all those essential expressions of the language that enable students to increase understanding and confidence when interacting with native speakers.

As for fluency such target can be achieved after improving pronunciation, learning the strategies for linking words correctly and increasing vocabulary.

Before starting any of the listed courses the students will also be given the “Setting on target” to help them clarify what they want to achieve and understand how important keeping motivation high is together with learning how to overcome frustration and avoiding giving in.

Learning a language is a long process and students should never try to rush it. Just think about how long it takes a child who spends 2-3 years just listening to people. The second step is repeating sounds without any kind of connection to letters.

Each object, idea, feeling is connected to a sound and not to words and letters.

Once a child starts going to school he/she will also learn to associate the sounds to letters, that is words.

For some languages, for example Italian, the association between words (letters) and sounds is easy as there is a natural correspondence between the letters and sounds themselves.

As for English there is no such association, therefore after learning how to pronounce words they must learn how to spell them and such process takes time.

Always keep in mind that learning a language is not difficult but different. Once students learn to accept such differences the learning process will become less analytical and easier to manage.