Unlike riding a bicycle, speaking a foreign language is a skill that will be lost without practice.Regular study sessions are essential, and they can be short enough to fit into a busy schedule.Daily content must be enjoyable in order to encourage long-term study, hence the need for fresh content.
What is the connection between content and motivation?
Language instruction programs almost always use pre-packaged content designed to either (i): mimic real-life situations or (ii): reference historical events.
The trouble with (i) is that these situations are inherently artificial, so learners are not actually interested in discovering what happens.For example, a lesson about Bob and Jane's trip to Jamaica has little appeal since the learner knows that it is purely fictional.The student isn't necessarily interested in what happens to them on their trip.
The trouble with (ii) is that the parts of history interesting to one learner can be completely dull to another.If (i) and (ii) are unappealing, learners can easily lose motivation and quit before they reach a meaningful level of proficiency.
Nulu overcomes these issues by using current news stories, from which learners can choose what to read.The appeal for fresh information is universal.A small number of stories can interest a huge number of people, as long as those people are given a choice of what to read.
Nulu essentially allows users to create their own "textbooks" with content that personally appeals to them, instead of settling for what someone else decided would be equally interesting for everyone.Nulu makes learning English, Spanish, and other languages an individualized experience.
Why is it important to learn language in the context of a story?
Isolated sentences, even ones about interesting topics, are severely limited in the amount of attention they can generate.Language programs built around lists of words or sentences fail to keep learners' interest, while the story-based Nulu can.
Nulu's personalized story-based learning maximizes user interest, allowing learners to stay motivated when learning English, Spanish, or any other language, and continue to expand their linguistic repertoire.