The importance of real activities

Theory

  • You need to use and experience English in real situations (Paradis, 2004 and Ellis, 2011, as cited in Netten & Germain, 2012).
  • This type of experience is essential in order to naturally identify the underlying rules of the language and for these rules to be recorded by your procedural memory. Both of which are necessary for spontaneous and natural communication.
  • To create procedural memory you can’t simply memorize dialogues. You have to communicate in the language and read and listen to it in real contexts (Ellis, 2011 as cited in Netten & Germain, 2012).
  • Also, cognitive neuroscience has shown that when you have real communication there is a more complex involvement of different centres in your brain, such as those related to motivation. Motivation is central in language learning (Paradis, 2004).

Practice

Don’t just learn English, USE it.

  • Use English to communicate in real situations.
  • Use English as a tool to achieve other goals that you have in your life.

Take a look at some of our ideas for this real practice of English.