Are you struggling with establishing your language learning routine? That means you need a weekly study schedule!
Having a weekly language learning schedule will help you have a clearer vision of your goal and the steps necessary to accomplish it. It’s also an excellent way to establish an effective study routine and track your activities.
It’s time to get in charge of your progress!
How to create your weekly language learning schedule
Focus on your goals
First, you should take a moment to reflect on your goals. You need to take into account the bigger picture.
What is it that you actually want to achieve?
The best way to set up your goals is by using the SMART technique.
All of your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
You can read a more in-depth explanation of how to do that in my post about setting SMART language goals.
It’s worth trying, cause this technique is a real game-changer!
Take a moment to set your SMART goals and come back once you’re ready.
Break down your goal into actionable steps
Alright! So you have a clear vision of what you actually want to achieve in the long term. Now you need to think about all the steps that will lead you there.
When you look at your big goal, you can feel a bit overwhelmed. That’s why you need to break down your goal into smaller and actionable steps.
It takes time to get there, but if you make sure that you complete a couple of tasks every day, you will surely make progress. And you will get a bit better every day.
Find the right time for your daily study
Ask yourself what time during the day you are the most productive. You need to take your daily responsibilities, your personal situation, and your lifestyle into account.
Try to find a moment in your day when you can focus entirely on your language learning.
If that’s not possible, try to divide your learning activities into quick sessions. Fitting language learning into a busy schedule can be challenging, but it’s doable.
Sometimes you just need to be creative.
For example, if you want to work on your listening skills, you can listen to a podcast while you are doing other things, such as cleaning or cooking. Or you can listen to an audiobook when you are on your way to work.
As with anything in life, in order to succeed, you need to be consistent. That’s where the weekly language learning schedule comes in handy.
It allows you to see all the things you need to do in the week ahead. Then, you can easily plan when can you work on each activity.
Try not to miss any day. Even if it’s just 5 minutes to review the vocabulary – it also counts!
Make it your own
The schedule you’re about to create should fit your personal needs.
You know best which skills you need to work on more, what type of vocabulary you need to enrich.
Chose the topics and resources that you genuinely are interested in. The more enjoyable will be the process of studying, the more you will remember.
Include all the language skills
When you plan out your weekly study, be sure to include all the language skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. You need to work on all of them if you want to become fluent in your target language.
It doesn’t mean that you have to dedicate the same amount of time to each of them.
However, most of the time, our passive skills (reading and listening) are much better than those related to the active production of a language (writing and speaking).
If that is your case, too, it would be a smart move to spend more time practicing those skills.
Practice a different skill every day
One way to plan your weekly studying is to dedicate each day to practice a different skill. This can help you organize your study better and be sure you don’t neglect any skills.
For example, you can practice reading on Monday, writing on Tuesday, listening on Wednesday, speaking on Thursday, etc.
Theme your week!
Another idea that you might consider is assigning a theme to each week. This can help you arrange better the material you need to study.
Think of 10 topics that are the most important to you. For example, the topics you enjoy talking about or that are related to you personally.
If you’re a beginner, I would suggest that the first topics cover the basics like daily routine, time, food, weather, etc.
You will see significant progress in your comprehension as well as in your ability to express yourself in a matter of weeks.
I am scheduling my French learning this way, and it really helped me improve my level. The key is to study what is actually important and useful to you.
Use the authentic materials
Examples of authentic resources that you can use for your study are books, articles, stories, YouTube videos, movies, songs, etc.
Using this type of material will allow you to learn all the new information within the context.
It will guarantee a much better and deeper understanding of the material.
It’s also much more interesting to study this way. And way more useful, because you are learning the expressions that are actually used by the native speakers.
When you plan out your tasks for the week, be as precise as you can.
Instead of naming your task “listening practice” write down something like “Listen to an episode of XYZ podcast”. Instead of scheduling a task “read something in French” decide to read a chapter of a specific book or an article you’ve saved the previous day.
You know what I mean? You need to know exactly what you are supposed to do.
Remember why you started
The best motivation to keep going is to know why you are doing it. It’s normal to feel lazy on some days. Nobody is always full of energy and enthusiasm. But don’t let this stop you!
In the moments of weakness – remember why you started this journey. Imagine how it would feel to already have accomplished that goal.
This should boost your motivation immediately!
Track your progress
Another way to stay motivated is by tracking your progress. Sometimes we feel like we are not improving enough. I am often feeling like I am not making any progress, but often times it’s not true.
Looking back at what you have already accomplished, can make you realize that you are actually doing better than you thought.
This can give you the energy to keep going!
Review your goal and modify your schedule
Take some time every month to review your goals and your progress. See what works well and what needs to be modified.
Update your schedule so that you can be more effective. You don’t need to stick it if you’re not satisfied. After all, it is a tool that is supposed to serve you.
How to actually create your language learning schedule?
You can simply use any notebook for that purpose. Just take a pen and plan out your weekly schedule.
If you prefer digital options – there are two ways you can do it.
You can use an app such as Trello or Notion to create your weekly schedule.
I personally use Notion to organize my entire life, so I will use my Notion setup as an example.
This is how my typical weekly French study routine looks like.
Another way to prepare your schedule is to use a ready-to-fill-in template like the one you see below.
I prepared 3 FREE weekly schedule templates for you to plan your own study schedule.
Simply subscribe to my website using the form down below. You will receive an email with a link to download the PDF files with 3 different schedule designs.
Avoid the burnout
The main goal of creating a study schedule is to help you become more productive.
However, you cannot neglect the importance of rest. That’s why you should also include the time to relax into your weekly schedule.
It’s also a good idea to mix the activities that require more effort with the lighter ones, such as watching your favorite TV series in your target language.
This way you will keep the energy to continue.
Okay, so now you know why you need to have a weekly language learning schedule, how to create it and how to stick to it. Now it’s time you actually take some action!
I know, I know… I love reading about HOW I should do things instead of actually doing them, too. But trust me, this will not get you anywhere.
You already know what to do. It’s okay if your plan is not perfect. Honestly – an imperfect plan is better than no plan at all. We learn things by doing them.
So just do it, girl! You can always adjust things once you’ve figured out what works best for you.
Download my templates and give it a try!