How To Use A Portuguese Textbook
Using a Portuguese textbook can be a great way to improve your Portuguese. Textbooks often have the major grammar structures and learning points for each stage of your learning and you can go through them at a pace that works for you.
However there are ways you can use your textbook in order to get the most out of your learning. People who buy a textbook and pick it up once a month aren’t going to get a lot out of their learning. Here are some of the things you can do to make the most out of your Portuguese textbook.
Study From Your Textbook Every Single Day
Even if it’s just a small amount, studying from your textbook every single day can make a huge difference to your learning. If you leave all of your studying until the weekend you’ll find you remember less and it’s a bit more difficult. But if you study every day you’ll pick up a lot more and will remember more between studying sessions.
Choose A Textbook With Exercises
One of the best things you can do is to select a textbook with exercises. It’s not enough to just read material in a textbook. You won’t get the most out of your learning unless you also have the chance to check your progress and see how you’re doing. Exercises are an excellent way to do this.
The best textbooks are the ones where one page is set to explanation of grammar then the next page has a set of exercises to make sure you’ve understood what you’re just read.
Mark Your Exercises Right Away
Another thing you can do to optimise your learning is to mark your exercises right away. That way you can get immediate feedback and see where you went wrong. If you do exercises and think I’ll just correct them later, you’re much more likely to forget why you chose certain answers and the feedback will mean less to you.
When you set aside time to do your exercises make sure you set aside time to mark your work as well.
Pick A Textbook With Audio Exercises
It’s not enough to just get a textbook where you’ll be doing grammar drills. It’s important to practise all your skills and with that in mind you should select a book that also has audio exercises so you can practise your listening skills as well as the other skills.
Don’t Forget That A Textbook Alone Won’t Teach You A Foreign Language
As great as textbooks are, they really aren’t enough to fully teach you a language. You need to be doing other activities to complement your learning. Make sure you’re listening to Portuguese, reading Portuguese and that you have opportunities to speak Portuguese. This is the only way you’ll truly learn the language. Textbooks are amazing but they’re not the answer to everything.
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