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1. The words and phrases below are all from the article. Try to work out what

they mean. Consult a dictionary if necessary.

a learning mindset to think both ways full brain potential

to use “whole” brain to define one’s mind to gain knowledge

to discard thoughts to hold true for smth/smb to sketch smth

to feed one’s brain to embark one’s path benefits

2. Look back in the text and find the words that have a similar meaning to:

o fast (paragraph 1) o to be successful (paragraph 1)
o very important (paragraph 2) o starting dealing with (paragraph 2)
o ability (paragraph 3) o communicating (paragraph Comprehension check 5)
o saying (paragraph 5) o to get (paragraph 6)
o remove (paragraph 6) o a lot of (paragraph 6)

What do you think?

Ø Comment on the saying “garbage in, garbage out”. Does it always hold true?

Ø Are you a left- or right-brained person?

Ø Which way of learning do you prefer?

Ø What do you think are the qualities of a good language learner? Work with a partner. Choose 5-10 most important qualities from the list below and explain your choice:

enthusiastic independent responsible intelligent

cautious attentive persistent risk taking

hard working systematic self monitoring confident

talkative accurate sociable flexible

Ø Do these qualities help students in their studies? Give Comprehension check your own examples.

There are no “ideal learners”. The important thing is to understand what kind of learner you are, develop your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. Knowing your learning style will help you develop coping strategies to compensate for your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths.

Get real

Carry out some self exploratory work. Choose one of the sites to read about learning styles. Take the test on Learning Styles and find out your style and learning preferences. Report back to the class.

Useful sites to search Comprehension check/lsweb/fourls.htm

Divide into groups according to your learning styles. Work out the strategies that will help you to achieve good results in English language learning. Discuss your strategies in class. Examples:

Group 1

Visual learners: When trying to remember things, close your eyes to get a “picture” or image of the information to help recall or use flash cards with limited

information so that you can "picture" details and concepts.

Group 2

Tactile learners: Be directly engaged; move and act things out

Group 3

Auditory learners: When studying by yourself, talk out and read your notes and textbook out loud. Get yourself in Comprehension check a room where you won't be bothering anyone.


Copy this mind map and complete it for yourself. Use this information to write the story of your English language learning.

Managing your learning: Mind maps 1 Mind mapping is a good way to organize ideas before writing. 1. Write down the most important word or short phrase in the centre. 2. Post other important concepts and their words in the circles. 3. Add other key words and ideas. 4. As you expand your map, tend to become more specific or detailed

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