Updated: Aug 5, 2022
What does this mean?
For this learning style, "fluency" is about having work-related communication and comprehension skills in the language you're learning.
Whether you will need these skills for a promotion, an important business meeting, or for other work-related agendas, focusing on topics related to your line of work is the end goal here.
This goal mainly focuses on being proficient in the business-related language skills. It might not include everyday conversational skills.
To learn more about how this relates to your language goals, keep reading!
- are learning this language for the first time and need to learn it for your job or to better your career prospects.
- are already familiar with the language and want to level up your language skills to include specific business topics.
Suggestions for reaching "fluency":
Developing this definition of fluency depends on how in-depth you want your conversational / comprehension skills to be.
Think about this:
Are you a big picture person or a detail-oriented person?
This can help you be even more specific about how much you want or need to learn.
Especially if you are learning this language for the first time and want to build skills for work reasons, consistency will be crucial for you. This doesn’t mean that you have to study for hours and hours every day!
Word of advice? Pace yourself.
Unless you have a specific reason to have a shorter deadline, 3 months is the absolute minimum we would recommend for the time aspect of your ultimate goal(s). If you’re more of a detail-oriented person, then you might want to give yourself somewhere between 3-6 months to account for flexibility in your study plan.
S.M.A.R.T. Goal Outlines:
Here are some outlines you can use to build your own goals using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym. Choose a couple or use this as inspiration to make your own from scratch:
1. By [date], I will have a strong [language] foundation in the following topics: [list of topics you want to study]. I will measure my progress on [date] by [your method or methods of checking your progress].
2. By [date], I will be able to have a [time] minute conversation in [language] with a native speaker and get their feedback to measure my progress.
3. I will complete [resource or resources of choice] by [date] to build a stronger foundation in [language].
4. I will be able to write, read, and/or memorize scripts in the following topics by [date]: [list of topics you want to study].
5. I will apply for [position, promotion, etc.] by [date] with [proof of my fluency level] to measure my progress.
Pro tip: Pair this with your results from our other quizzes to help set more specific goals, such as how often a week/month you should do study sessions!
Learning a language can teach you so many things about yourself and the world around you. Treat this wonderful opportunity like you would treat any other hobby; avoid thinking of studying as a chore.
Once you've decided on your goals, find activities that combine your interests with your needs so you can enjoy the learning process.
More about S.M.A.R.T. Goals:
Learn more about S.M.A.R.T. goals here!
That's all for this one!! Check out our other blog posts to learn even more about creating goals and solid study plans!!
Need more? Check out our resources for PDFs, resource instructions, and a sneak peak of the content in our Spade Language Playing Cards!
Ok, now it's really done! Happy learning!
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