Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Learning English!



“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That’s why goal-setting is so important. The types of goals you set can also decide your success or failure when learning another language.

I forgot to define “RELEVANT” near the start of my video. Relevant means being sure your goals are important to what you ultimately want to be able to achieve.

In the video, I said that trying to learn 100 words a day is not achievable for most people. Actually, it’s not impossible, but only if by “learn” you mean, “passively understand.” If you want to be able to speak and write in English, you need to “actively understand”; you need to be able to use new vocabulary easily without triggers or prompts (such as dictionaries). However, especially for beginners, INPUT from reading and listening is important. Your passive understanding of vocabulary is always going to be much higher than your active vocabulary. So perhaps you can passively learn 100 words a day!

Here are examples of some questions you can ask yourself to find out if your goal is S.M.A.R.T.:

Specific:
What goal will you accomplish?
How and why will you accomplish it?

Achievable:
Is it possible?
Have others done it successfully?
Do you have the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal?
Will meeting the goal challenge you without making you feel frustrated?

Relevant:
Is goal helpful and/or important to you?
What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal?
What is the result of the goal?

Measurable:
How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached (at least two ways to measure is ideal)?

Time-based:
What is the completion date of the goal?
Does that date make you want to take action right away?

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