Posted by: lyonenglishnetwork | November 2, 2011

“There’s method in my madness!”

“There’s method in my madness!” is an English expression which means that even though it might seem that what I’m doing is in no particular order, there is in fact a reason and a particular way in which I’m doing it.

Every student that goes through a course with me gets a copy of the European framework for languages to understand what language learning is about. They also get a copy of the levels that are on wikipedia, here:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadre_européen_commun_de_référence_pour_les_langues

That way, they can see how to go about improving and what their next objective is.

They can see what is the next piece of the puzzle.

So, even though it seems that language acquisition is not a very structured process, it doesn’t have to be. The European framework is a fantastic tool for language learners.

A checklist is available here where you can tick off what you can do and what you can’t do. (at the bottom of this page, in English and French);

http://www.coe.int/t/DG4/Portfolio/?M=/main_pages/levels.html

It’s a swiss version but it’s still valid, and you’re perfectly entitled to put it on your CV. So, if you tick off that you can do most things on A2 level for example, you can put A2 level on your CV. There’s no longer any real need to do a TOEIC or a TOEFL unless you’ve been asked to by an employer.

Paul

Lyon English Network

Lyon Lingua – Learn English Naturally

paul@lyonlingua.com


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