Typical language courses and language classes can be if you tend to be quiet and less talkative. I hope there are some rather shy language enthusiasts out there I can help out with these strategies I have discovered for myself!
1. Be extra prepared
As a shy person, you might have to work just that little bit harder than those who have no problem speaking up in class. Be sure to complete your homework every week, make notes, prepare your question beforehand and if you know which topic you are going to discuss during your next session, make time to practice at home, doing a couple trial runs, which will boost your confidence!
2. Comfort is key
Sometimes life does not begin at the end, but at the entrance to your comfort zone! I have found that in the realm of language learning feeling comfortable in your learning environment is imperative. Find a one-on-one tutor if it makes you feel less overwhelmed, sit with a classmate you get along well with or stick with a certain teacher if you appreciate their approach and their teaching methods.
3. Pick the right seat
It might sound contradictory, but we have to face it: sometimes we still have to push ourselves to attain our goals. Remember it is your time and your money you are investing in a class or a course. Try and set the goal of speaking up at least once every lesson. I personally have discovered that sitting in the front row makes me feel less self-conscious and more ready to speak up!
4. Stop being underestimated
As someone who has sat through semesters full of uncomfortable language classes that had me face some rather tragicomical situations, I tell you that being vocal about your preferences is worth it. Try to find an opportunity to communicate to your teacher that you are just plain shy or less talkative, because teachers tend to misinterpret shyness as being indifferent, unmotivated or simply unprepared.