Section 1: An Introduction to Self-Access Listening and Speaking Materials:

Activity 2: Setting Goals
and Making a Personal Learning Contract

All levels
Setting goals and making a personal learning contract
  • To set learning goals based on specific needs and leraning styles
  • To define how these goals will be met
Printout of worksheet (provided below)
30-45 minutes


Now that you are more aware of what it is you want to improve, and how you learn best, it is time to set goals that are useful and realistic, and to write a plan for how you will accomplish these goals (your "Personal Learning Contract").

Step 1. Setting goals. Look again at your academic language-learning needs (the "needs analysis" worksheet from Activity 1). Based on those needs, write at least three specific goals that you can pursue by working with these self-access modules. For example:

If you need extra help creating your goals, we recommend a very helpful book, How to be a More Successful Language Learner, by Joan Rubin and Irene Thompson (especially Chapter 3, "Clarifying your Objectives").

The most important thing to remember is that the clearer and more specific your goals, the more effective your independent study will be.

Step 2. Making a Personal Learning Contract. Now that you have written down your goals, you are ready to decide how much time and energy you will devote. Click here to download a "Personal Learning Contract." Write each of your goals on the contract. Then look again at the "learning styles" worksheet from Activity 1, and think about your goals. How much time per week do you want to devote to independent study to help you achieve your goals?

Finish filling out the contract, then sign it and write the date. Keep your Personal Learning Contract in a place where you can see it often, to remind yourself that you are serious about achieving your goals.


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