It’s a method that language teachers have used for several years but it’s also great to know how it works as a student. Knowing it not only helps you understand what is expected of you at each stage in the language learning process but also helps you with your self study plans. And what is the method? PPP! Presentation, practice, production.
Presentation can take many forms. Essentially this should involve exposure to the target language in one form or another. This can be a text, an audio, a list, really anything that makes it clear what you will be learning. If you wish to do this yourself, all you need to do is make a short outline of what you want to learn. For the purposes of this article, lets say that you want to learn food vocabulary. Simply research a list of terms which you would like to learn.
Practice is the second step. This will be the bulk of any lesson and can take on a number of forms. Exercises in your book, speaking with other students (with the help of your notes) and a number of activities facilitated by the teacher constitute the practice element. In reference to the example, this is where you could use flashcards to try and practice learning the food vocabulary. What is critical to remember is that you will make mistakes at this stage and it’s fine to use a few notes or prompts here.
The final stage is production. This is where you try and use the language you have learned in a real-life scenario, or a recreation of one, without the aid of notes or prompts. Now you can try and use the vocabulary you have learned in sentences and put it into use. Following these steps is a great way to make the most of your self study.