13 commonly made mistakes in Modern Language Instruction | Gianfranco Conti, Phd (Applied Linguistics), MA (TEFL), MA (English Lit.), PGCE (Modern Languages and P.E.)

1. Too much zooming in not enough zooming out

The acquisition of a phoneme, lexical item, grammar structure or learning strategy is a very long and pain-staking process involving lots of exposure and practice and much trial and error that may last months or even years. Moreover, a big obstacle to long-term retention is the fact that the human brain forgets at a ridiculously high rate;  nearly 48 % of what we learn is usually lost within 20 minutes from first memorizing it, 70 % after 9 hours and 80 % after one week without consolidation (see figure 1 below)

Figure 1 – Rate of human…

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