Language Learning Goals – How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
Do you want to learn Spanish fast too? How long does it take to learn Spanish? That depends on your language learning goals.
Everyone wants fast (and free) ways to learn Spanish. That might be the only way for some learners to get started. But you get what you pay for – quick and free failure.
Success is the better option. A solid study plan will help you accomplish your Spanish learning goals. I’m here to help you get off to a good start with a Skill Building framework.
You need a plan for success with meaningful goals for language learners.
Setting Goals for Language Learning
Goal Setting Supplies List
For your planning session, you’ll need a few basic supplies for setting and tracking goals.
The Spanish Skills Booster planner helps you set your Spanish skills goals — to listen, speak, read, and write Spanish — as part of your practice routine and track your progress. Look inside.
Download the Spanish Skills Booster.
Writing your ideas on sticky notes makes it really easy to categorize and organize your thoughts.
Color coding is a helpful learning strategy for many language learners. For example, the parts of speech can each have their own color when labeling sentences. They are ideal for tracking the totals over the year.
Writing down your plans and scheduling your study time makes it three times more likely you’ll accomplish your goals. Pick a calendar in Spanish as another learning opportunity.
Language Learning Goals – Your Big Purpose
We have all learned one language, our native language. If you are anything like me, you’re greedy and you want more languages. I wanted to be able to talk to my mother-in-law, now ex-mother-in-law. For me, connection and relationship were what I wanted. Your reasons will be different from mine. But the overall objective is the same.
The Motivation Behind Learning A Second Language
- Personal / “I love how Spanish sounds”
- Career / “Communicating in English and Spanish pays better”
- Cultural / “Don Quijote is hilarious”
- Travel / “I need directions”
- Relationship / “I want to talk to you in Spanish”
- Heritage / “I can spell hay right”
- Health / “I need to exercise my brain”
Your reasons why are really important. These are the benefits you expect to enjoy in the future. They keep you motivated through the thick and thin of language learning.
What is the goal of learning a language?
For any language learning goal, the main objective is to be able to communicate in that language. This includes speech and or print.
Language Learning Goals Examples
This main goal to communicate in Spanish gets broken down into different skills goals. These are measurable and time driven. The important thing is to keep track of your progress.
Setting Spanish Skills Goals
There are four language skills:
Listening / understanding spoken Spanish
Reading / understanding Spanish in print
Speaking / expressing yourself in spoken Spanish
Writing / expressing yourself in Spanish in print
Each skill needs a minimum of 15 minutes of practice time daily.
To get a measure of your current skills experience, take the beginners’ skill assessment. This will help you see where you are at with each skill. The assessment provides milestones to bring each skill to the basic level. You can use this to track your progress and know exactly what’s next.
Skill building begins with exposure and reaches fluency at the end of the learning process.
How much time do you need to practice?
The skills require practice to develop. The amount of practice time varies based on your personal experience and learning abilities.
The amount of time you dedicate to practice will directly affect how quickly your abilities increase. For faster results, spend at least 15 minutes on the most important skill each day. The more the better.
There are a lot of different ways you can practice the skills on your own.
How to accomplish your Spanish skills goals.
Setting Spanish Vocabulary Goals
Everything in language learning comes down to words. Learning Spanish vocabulary is how well you understand and express words from memory. This is measured with a word count.
How many words do you need in your Spanish vocabulary?
For your vocabulary goal over the next year, you need:
Beginner / 500 words
Conversational / 1,000 words
Advanced / 3,000 words
Fluent / 5,000 words
Native / 10,000+ words
How to accomplish your Spanish vocabulary goals.
Setting Spanish Grammar Goals
The next level of Spanish learning comes down to how you put the words together.
How many words, phrases, and sentences do you need to analyze?
For your grammar goal over the next year, you need:
- 250 words (5 per week)
- 100 phrases (2 per week)
- 50 sentences (1 per week)
How to accomplish your Spanish grammar goals.
Download the Ultimate Spanish Study System to set all your Spanish learning goals and achieve them.
Again, a focused plan will accomplish your goals much faster than a one size fits all approach. You’ll make quick progress by having specific goals for each skill area. No need to waste your time and energy on free but empty promises. You got this!
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