There cannot be many language experts who disagree that immersion is the best way to learn a language. Studies have proved time and time again that this is the most effective way of learning a new language. It’s how children learn their native language and it is by far the quickest way to make that push forward and progress.
It is very scary to leave your home and your family and friends to try and do something new in a place that you don’t know. At inlingua Cheltenham, we do everything we can to try and make those first few days as easy as possible. Whether it is our open door policy for talking to someone, free WiFi in the school to WhatsApp your friends and family at home or a friendly and kind host family to help you feel at home.
If the idea of a full immersion course in another country excites, but scares you too, then take a look at everything there is to be gained below:
1. Self Confidence
When you do something that scares you and you didn’t think you could do, it boosts your confidence and it helps you to realise that perhaps, if you are capable of this, you are capable of anything. The resilience, the strength that you will gain from succeeding in what is really quite a tough situation – you will feel like you have superpowers when you come home!
2. You will make friends for life
From lots of different countries… If you make friends from your own country, that is fine and dandy, but why would you travel thousands of miles to meet someone who you could have met at your local café? With an international mix of friends, wherever life takes you, because you have been through the experience together, you will have a friend for life. In fact, many of our students who studied together meet up at each other’s countries – what an experience!
3. English is everywhere
It’s the international business language. If you want to have more opportunities from your career, learn as much as you can as soon as you can – preferably before your university demands it of you to finish your degree!
4. It doesn’t just end when you go home
You will keep your hand in with your skills, whether it be by TV and music or talking to your new friends online when you have all gone home. Maybe you need it for your studies or job or you meet a lost English speaking tourist. No one knows what the future will bring and to add to your skillset will give you every possible chance of a successful and interesting life.
If you have already undertaken an immersion course – what was the best benefit to you? Tell us in the comments below.