The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Enhancing Language Acquisition Through Self-Learning and Self-Assessment

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Pub. Date : Dec, 2019
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSS21912
Author Name : H Makwana Pradeep
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Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 9



Learning is a lifelong process. One can learn using different methods, but self-learning is effectively used today. With the surge of the Internet and e-devices, students have implemented self-learning through YouTube tutorials, quiz, online MCQs, flashcards or games. Moreover, enhancing language and improving LSRW skills through self-learning and selfassessment is the major focus of this paper. Students tend to learn through mobile or any Internet source which gradually helps them to enhance learning. This paper focuses on maieutic approach and mimetic approach towards language acquisition. In maieutic method, the students ask questions and play the role of teacher. It helps in unveiling the latent knowledge and skills one already has. To simplify, one tries to know what they know but think that they do not know. It is self-administered learning: Asking questions and answering oneself. On the other hand, mimesis or mimetic method is recognizing established models of learning and imitating them accurately. Mimesis means imitation with creativity. Thus, imitating established language structures gives confidence and motivation and helps to enhance language acquisition. It is not merely rote learning but creative imitation and implementation in a given situation. For example, conversation at a railway station, how to book a flight ticket, talking at the restaurant, etc. Such imitation can boost language through self-learning. Self-learning when combined with self-assessment leads to lifelong learning, skill development, knowledge accuracy and language enhancement.


Learning does not happen in classrooms only. The statement reveals that every moment of life teaches us something. What we need is keen observation, intense curiosity, profound grasp and comprehensive reception of everything. To simplify, one has to be a child again. Children observe, then keep on asking to satiate their curiosity and imitate what they learn. As John Locke, an English philosopher and Enlightenment thinker, stated, all are born with a clean slate: tabula rasa. We acquire knowledge through senses and experience. Thus, the learning process is closely interconnected with observation, reception, experimentation, and evaluation.


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