(Maintain Your) Language skills guide
(WORKBOOK + activity list)
To Ultimate Guide to Maintaining You After Abroad Language Skills is a comprehensive workbook for people who built their language skills while abroad, but need help figuring out how to use them in the future.
Do you have a language plan, now that you're back from abroad?
For the vast majority of people, the answer to that question is a resounding "Wait. What's a language plan?" So if that thought popped into your head, you're in good company.
This workbook has questionnaires, checklists, and guided exercises to help you tailor exactly how you'll use your language skills in the future.
It'll walk you step-by-step through everything you need to come up with the perfect after abroad language plan from scratch.
Get this workbook if, you want...
- a step-by-step process for keeping up your language skills
- tips and good practices to boost your confidence and make language maintenance less of a chore
- a heads up about common pitfalls (and myths) that stop most people from putting in the work to use their skills
- a thorough explanation of the kinds of activities and resources you can do to build up specific skills
- an easy way to tailor your language activities to the things you're interested in
- and more...
Create your after study abroad language learning plan today.
take a look inside:
67% of study abroad returnees lose their language skills
You can beat the statistic! Do the exercises, set up your plan, and stay fluent for years to come.
step 1: Focus on your actual goals
Whether you want to use your language skills to get a job, to travel, to connect with family... or whatever reason, this workbook can help you. It has strategies for the Top 10 reasons students choose to maintain their language skills.
We'll help figure out WHY you want to keep up your language skills (aka what motivates you). Then we'll walk you through the rest. You’ll get a framework and question prompts along the way. No judgment, just support.
step 2: consider your *unique* language needs
Everyone has different reasons for learning a language. That also means you have specific needs. For example: Someone who wants to be a Japanese comic book writing is going to need a different strategy than someone who wants to be a broadcast journalist in Guinea.
We understand that some people need more work on their reading and writing. Others need more work on their listening and speaking. You can craft your language strategy based on what you need.
step 3: tailor your strategies to your specific language
Mandarin Chinese (from Taiwan) is different than Spanish (from Argentina). Each language has its unique quirks. Not to mention that books, movies, and other materials aren't as easily accessible for all languages.
We take that into consideration when we work through your language plan. The workbook doesn't try to steer you towards a specific outcome or assume anything about what you need or want. You get to decide.
step 4: choose Language Activities that you'll enjoy
There are more than 100+ activities in The Language Guide. Each activity can help you work out any one of 18 language “skills.” There’s also tips for you if you’re a heritage learner (you speak a language because of your family or ethnic background). And there are tips for people who are interested in more specific language skills like sign language or characters or translating.
All of the activities are designed to make sense, fit easily in your life, and be fun!
You don't have to study language 24/7 as a chore. You should enjoy picking up where you need to learn.