Resources for Self-Directed Language Learning

Students taking African 670: Theories and Methods of Learning a Less Commonly Taught Language write critical reviews of books related to independent language learning.

Paul Pimsleur. How to Learn a Foreign Language. Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 1980.

Na’im Muhammad. How to Learn Languages: 7 Steps to Fluency [Kindle version]. Self-published, 2016.

Barbara F. Freed, ed. Second Language Acquisition in a Study Abroad Context. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1995.

Ron Gullekson. Language Master Key: How to Unlock Your Brain’s Ability to Learn Any Language. Cypress Dome Publishing, 2014. Kindle.

Benny Lewis. Fluent in 3 months: How Anyone at Any Age, Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2014.

Nate Nicholson. How to Learn Any Language in a Few Months While Enjoying Yourself: 45 Proven Tips for Language Learners, 2nd Edition. Blue Sky Publishing, 2014.

Eric Bodnar. The Immersion Method: How to Learn Any Language from What You Love [Kindle version]. Self-published, 2017.

Tony Brown and Jennifer Brown. Teaching Advanced Language Skills through Global Debate: Theory and Practice. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2014.

Barry Farber. How to Learn Any Language. New York, NY: Barnes and Noble, 1991.

Kató Lomb. Polyglot: How I Learn Languages. Berkeley: TESL-EJ, 2008.

Leslie Dickinson. Self-instruction in Language Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Terry Doyle and Paul Meara. Li’ngō!: How to Learn a Language. London: BBC Books, 1991.

Richard M. Roberts and Roger J. Kreuz. Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015.