Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.

You might also be interested in A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009. and A Look Back: 2010’s Best Posts From This Blog.

In 2011, I posted The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.

In it, I listed the qualities that researchers have found most important in…successful language learners, and included short videos illustrating each one. I use them in lessons that can be found in my books on teaching English Language Learners.

Here are the qualities, along with an example of a video on the list demonstrating perseverance:

An appetite for learning, perseverance

Being willing to take risks

Being willing to make mistakes and learn from them

Wants to help and teach others

We all need to be like Gus in this video: