Flow greatly facilitates language learning
The term flux is fairly new, but the nuns who created the Regina Coeli Method had had the intuition years ago that learning is best done when people feel comfortable, are not distracted, and are learning exactly what they need for real life at the right level.
Much has been said and written about stress, which is why we know that stress can be of great help in certain situations, such as when a tiger is about to pounce on you. In general, however, as humans, we prefer to avoid stressful situations, especially when it comes to learning. When you are stressed, your brain blocks new information and you cannot learn.
We prefer to strive for a state of flux. Hungarian professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “flow”. It simply means immersing yourself in an activity that takes place in the present. When you are in a state of flux, your brain is receptive to absorbing new information and making connections with all the things you already know.
How to achieve fluency in learning
There are three conditions that must be met to achieve fluency in learning:
1. There must be a match with your skills
The level of difficulty of what you are learning has to be right if you are to achieve fluency. It shouldn’t be too difficult, nor too easy. Entering a stream is impossible if, for example, you are reading a text or watching a movie and cannot follow the basic storyline. The same is true if you start studying those all too familiar rows of French verbs or German cases again after many years with the aim of picking up the language once more. You need a challenge at the appropriate level. This is why private lessons are so important.
2. You need immediate feedback
Immediate feedback is essential. This prevents doubt from seeping in and prevents you from seeing certain things as meaningless. Learning a language on your own is very difficult for this reason. At the very least, you need someone who nods with understanding when you say something. Hearing that you are on the right track is extremely motivating and helps you move forward.
3. You are able to concentrate without distraction
You reach a state of flux when you are not distracted and can concentrate fully.
Language learning … pretty scary!
In a good language course, teachers should try to help students get into a flow as quickly as possible because they know better than anyone that a student can then achieve the best results.
Many students feel a little tense when they start their first day of training. Thoughts like, “Can I do this? “,” I don’t have the head for languages! “,” Will the teachers be too strict? Running through their heads. It’s completely understandable – speaking a foreign language can be quite stressful! The mere thought of having a conversation in French or giving a presentation in English can make you sweat. Fortunately, good language teachers can always ease this tension quickly.
Some things that Regina Coeli done to create and maintain a flow:
- They develop tailor-made training, with clear objectives that allow effective learning.
- A language trainer gives you immediate feedback, so that your confidence grows when you are with them.
- Their location allows you to fully focus on learning the language – you’ll experience peace and quiet, a set daily pace with lessons and breaks, and little to no distractions.
- You will be fully taken care of by their friendly catering staff – hunger and thirst (stress!) Are not even in their vocabulary!