FSI Language Difficulty Ranking – Don’t Let it Put You Off

The Foreign Services Institute (FSI) has developed a difficulty ranking of languages based on the time it will take an English speaker to learn the different languages. You can see the ranking here: https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-training/ It ranks the languages on their similarity to English. For example, Spanish and Swedish are in category 1, requiring an average […]

Comprehensible reading material for language learners

Reading is one of the most important elements of language learning. While speaking may be a priority for many, before long, reading ability becomes a necessity, especially if you live in a country where that language is dominant. When I moved to Japan in 2000, not being able to read was a source of great […]

Extensive reading – Who chooses the books? Teacher? Or Student?

Extensive reading, in which one reads books graded to one’s level, is an important element of foreign language study. Students should be able to read the book easily without a dictionary. One of the ten principles of extensive reading (Day and Bamford – Reading in a Foreign Language, Volume 14, No. 2 October 2002) is […]