Several times each year, italki organizes a Language Challenge to encourage students, new and old, to buckle down and get to work. Many students say that the Language Challenge was just want they needed to help motivate them and focus them on working towards a goal within a deadline. We believe that if you put in the time to learn a language, you will see the results - but you have to be able to commit the time! It’s good for students who want to finally reach their goals and good for teachers who want to find new students.
The Diversity Language Challenge contains a special challenge! We are encouraging students to try at least one hour of a language from a list of featured languages that are not studied very often. We hope this encourages Challengers to learn about a new language and culture that perhaps they have never heard of before.
If you teach one of these featured languages, please understand that many students may be only expecting to take one hour of lessons to learn some basics about the language. You may want to ask the student ahead of time if they would be interested in taking more lessons in the future or if they only plan to learn for one hour in order to earn their language challenge reward.
Watch the Diversity Language Challenge Video to learn more about the importance of learning and teaching all languages.
You can direct students to find answers to their questions here:
If students ask questions and you are not sure, please ask the student to contact italki Support:
Encourage students to purchase and plan their sessions in advance through packages, and let students know that they can get discounts by booking a package instead of taking individual sessions (exact discounts will depend on the prices you set, of course). Booking a package will also make it easier for them to keep track of their time; three or four lessons a week makes for a busy schedule so it's best to make time in advance! Update your Quick Introduction to let students know you can support them in the Language Challenge.
It's no secret that students are more likely to succeed if they are prepared to get started right away when the Challenge begins! We strongly recommend that students know which teacher(s) they will work with before the Challenge start date.
Encourage students who are interested in the Language Challenge and looking for a teacher to take trial sessions and decide on a teacher BEFORE the Challenge start date. It will really help them get off to a good start!
Students who book their lessons ahead of time are far more likely to make it to their scheduled lesson! Remind your students that all they have to do to win is put in the time. Scheduling time in advance (instead of putting it off) is a great way to do that! Whether it's with you or with other teachers as well, encourage your students commit to a schedule in advance. Package sessions are a great way to do this.
Successful Challengers say that one thing that really helped them was having clearly-defined goals. Ask students if they are planning to participate in the Language Challenge. If so, ask them what their goal for improvement is and their plan for reaching that goal. If they aren’t sure, coach them in setting a good goal and making a plan for achieving it. Check out these tips: FAQ: How do I set good language learning goals?
Here’s a great post by Olly Richards on how to succeed at Language Challenges: “How NOT to suck at language challenges: 9 Keys to Success”
From previous challenges, we know that students who announce their goal and get support from friends are more likely to achieve it!
What else would you like to know about the Language Challenge?
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