Depending on the subject matter and student, different methods are obviously necessary. For foreign languages, what has helped me and others is incorporating something fun with the technical aspects (i.e., songs or video clips). Grammar and vocabulary can be tedious, but when shown systematically in recognizable patterns or presented in a way that can be easily drawn on (i.e., rhyming verbs that are irregular), it generally enables the student to recall them more easily.
As for reading and literature, it is a matter of interest and effort. Thinking analytically is not only for scientific subjects, but in the literary field as well, and this is quite useful when looking at texts or preparing essays/papers.
*Just general examples of what I have seen working in classrooms from my personal experiences in high school and college, as well as with classmates and acquaintances.
French - fluent
Japanese - intermediate
Korean - conversational
Chinese - basic
Prior to foreign language and literature study, I was an engineering major for 3 years which satisfied my constant and genuine interest in math and chemistry. The appreciation hasn't been lost and though I was encouraged to continue, I found that I had a natural preference for and excelled even more in picking up and retaining languages rather quickly. This ultimately sealed my decision for my degree and I have been quite content since. Though, I must say that I still do math problems and scientific reading each day and help out when necessary within my own family and circle of friends.
Looking forward to working with you!
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