Creating an Interactive Language Learning Notebook

Want to learn a new language in a more creative way? You could choose from a Bullet Journal or an interactive language notebook, but what’s the difference? 

Bullet Journaling for languages.  Bullet Journals are described as being the bridge between mindfulness and productivity. A system that can be adapted to your learning and life in general. It’s Perfect for the list builders and those that want to be more organized and strategic in their learning. For more information on bullet journaling check out 10 Ways to use a bullet journal in language learning.

Interactive Notebooks. Popular in schools and colleges the purpose of the interactive notebook is to enable students to be more creative and independent in their learning. I personally would say that interactive notebooks as a cross between a journal and a scrapbook! The interactive notebook will prove an invaluable tool in your quest to meet your language learning goals in a more creative, fun and exciting way.

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Interactive language learning notebooks are a cross between a bullet journal and a scrapbook!

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The Benefits of an Interactive Language Learning Notebook

  • Can be used as a personalized diary of language learning.
  • The notebook requires you to use both the left and right hemispheres of your brain, thus forming the creation of new neural networks.
  • Record and respond to information in a manner that is organized, systematic, personal, and intentional, the setup of the notebook enables you to refer to that information more quickly and to apply it more effectively using a style that suits you!
  • Because it provides a structure in which there is room for creative variation the notebook provides opportunities for you to use multiple intelligences and learning styles.
  • Identify and respond to strengths and weaknesses, to practice and develop critical, creative and goal-oriented thinking skills, to develop vocabulary, to articulate and work toward personal goals.
  • A make-it-yourself study guide to language learning!
  • Set goals and monitor your growth
  • An organizational tool that gives you creative control of your language learning.
  • Writers and scientists use notebooks! such as J K Rowling and Einstein!

Important Information

Be COLOURFUL  & LOVE ❤️ your notebook! – Research has shown that colour can enable the brain to acquire and organize information much more efficiently.

Recommended MaterialsInteractive Language Learning Notebook

Templates and Resources 

You can check out all of our free templates and resources here. Visit regularly as more to be added shortly or download our Daily Planner Template.

Organizing Your Interactive Language Learning Notebook

📓 Affix a label the front cover of your notebook and write your name, language you are learning, current level and the level you would like to be.

📓 Number the pages of your interactive notebook in the upper, exterior corner of each page.  Number the pages on the left even and the pages on the right odd.  Use a bright-colored pen (not blue or black) to number the pages and as you do so say them out loud in your target language.

📓 Count five lines from the bottom on every odd-numbered page (every page on the right).  Neatly trace the fifth line from the bottom with the same bright-colored pen you used to number the pages.  This space is reserved for new vocabulary words ONLY. Words that you may learn via language tutorials, courses or study sessions.

📓 Don’t forget to leave some room for a table of contents at the beginning. This can be updated as you go and help keep your notebook super organized!

📓 Ensure you can read your own handwriting!

📓Be clear and consistent in all your efforts.

The Right and the Left-Side…

📓 The right-side or odd-numbered pages of your notebook will serve as your library, i.e. your storehouse of awesome knowledge.

📓 The left-side or even-numbered pages serve as your laboratory for personalizing knowledge and for reflection and as a means to enable a growth mindset. Here you will record what is called active learning, productive learning, or output, i.e. your active, personal, creative, and self-directed interaction response to information that comes from external sources.

📓 Incorporate visual devices, e.g. graphic organizers and diagrams, in your written notes or for the technology lovers print out QR codes and link with interactive online features!

📓 Include white space and boxes, circles or even fluffy clouds around texts for the better visual organization of information.

📓 Revisit, review, and summarize your daily notes as soon after class as possible.  The sooner you return to your notes, the more useful they will be, and the better able you will be to clarify and make corrections to your notes.

📓 Develop your own personalized system of notation, including abbreviations and symbols, and use it consistently throughout your notes.  Make notations in the left margin of the page.   You should add to and refine this list of suggestions to fit your personal needs.

Other, generalized activities include:

  • Spider diagrams
  • Cultural notes and traditional
  • Informative illustrations
  • Flowcharts
  • Motivational quotes, kudos if they are written in your target language!
  • Cartoons or comic clips in the target language.
  • Poetry, original or borrowed, that is relevant to other texts, along with reflection
  • Song lyrics
  • Graphic organizers and diagrams that you generate or borrow
  • Mnemonic devices
  • Pictures
  • Concept maps
  • Weekly Topic Prompts.


Once a month revisit and review the content of your interactive notebook. Reflect on your strengths and what you feel you may need to work on. Note achievements and set goals. The SMARTT system is a popular method for goal setting.

Meaningful, authentic, and articulate reflection includes consideration of your work in many or all of the following terms.

1.      What you learned?

2.      How you learned?

3.      Any Strengths?

4.      What you would do differently in the future and why?

5.      The extent to which, why, and how the study sessions have made an impact upon your understanding of the target language.

Reflection is an important part of an interactive learning notebook or journal. It will give an account of your growth as an independent learner.

This is your chance to be more creative!

Share your AWESOME interactive notebook designs and help inspire others!

Share your designs with us on our social media pages. I will select the best (with your permission) and use them as examples on this page and our official Pinterest Page.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with…

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