It’s been a long year and the whole family is eager to enjoy summer and make the most of it. At this stage it’s probably not what anyone wants to hear, but your summer break could be costing you and your family – who wants to come out of summer with fewer skills?
This phenomenon is known as the Summer Learning Loss, and it is a proven observation that a summer break can lead to a month or more of lost learning. The idea of a Summer Learning Loss is not a new one and shouldn’t necessarily be surprising. If we know about it, why don’t we do anything about it? Probably because no-one wants to spend the best months of the year with their head in a book!
Understandably parents and language learners give this topic a lot of thought and I am often asked ‘How can I stop this loss of progress?’
The good news is that you don’t need to spend a month studying to make up for losing a month. Research suggests that between two and three hours a week over the summer can prevent the learning loss from taking place at all, although there are some variables such as the age of the learner, or the specific field that’s being studied. If you or your family are learning a language, for example, then the bad news is that the learning loss is most pronounced among language learners where constant practice is required.
All is not lost though, there are summer courses out there and increasingly, as with many other aspects of our lives, the internet is helping to make learning more flexible and in many ways more enjoyable. In fact, summer can be a good time for studying: for those who find their lives less busy and stressful over the summer you may find that you have more time available to devote to your studies and more daylight hours may put you more in the mood for studying and even help you to develop your knowledge further than at other times of the year.
ETI have a variety of language and other training courses available throughout the summer and the rest of the year. Our approach to curriculum and scheduling is tailored as much as possible to your needs.We can provide face-to-face and classes over skype (or similar) as well as some online study options that will let you enjoy your summer without having to worry about where your education will be when you come back to it!
Visit our website to find out more or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Kemsley Dugladze has been providing language training and business consultancy services in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan for more than twenty years.