Language learning skills

The four traditional language skills are: (i) reading, (ii) listening, (iii) writing and (iv) speaking.  Reading and listening are examples of passive skills because they require the language learner to respond to input.  Writing and speaking are examples of active skills because they require the language learner to produce output.  The biggest problem with learning a language at school is that your passive knowledge (i.e. what you know about the language) tends to exceed your active knowledge (i.e. what you can actually say or write) by quite a margin.  Read the full PDF here: Language learning skills

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