DIALOGUE JOURNAL 2014 - 2015
INSIST ON A TRUE
Learning a language without immersion can feel like an illusion. You make a lot of effort and spend a lot of time learning the language, and you're disappointed: the results do not meet your expectations.
You have decided to learn a language without immersing yourself in it. This could easily lead to disappointment. Many methods, on the Internet or elsewhere, promise you bells and whistles. Watch out: You do not really learn a language except in immersion. Why?
On the Internet or elsewhere, you can improve your grammar, your vocabulary, your reading comprehension and your writing. Unfortunately, you will not make much progress in mastering the language. It is difficult, even impossible, to improve your pronunciation, your oral expression or your listening comprehension.
If you have had Skype lessons, you will have noticed this yourself. Furthermore, language patterns are so varied and complex that separating the language into distinct areas (vocabulary, grammar etc.) is doomed to failure.
We often forget that although each area of learning, vocabulary for example, is quite autonomous, unfortunately progress made in one specific area does not necessarily lead to progress in others, and notably not in speaking and listening. Of course, we make progress in that area, but our global performance and our mastery of the language shows little and slow progress.
To really learn a language in a very short time, and to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves, we need to use and practise this language as often as possible. This is only made possible by complete immersion.
AVOID CENTRES THAT TEACH SEVERAL LANGUAGES
It is best not to choose a centre that offers different languages. Generally, the common language becomes English or the language of the host country. There will be few opportunities to practise the language that we are learning. In addition, the switching between our target language and English (or our mother tongue) will take up a lot of energy and quickly tire us out. We will run the risk of getting lazy outside lessons and using a different language to the one we are learning. What a waste of time!
AVOID CENTRES LOCATED IN A REGION WHERE OUR TARGET LANGUAGE IS NOT SPOKEN
AVOID CENTRES WHERE IMMERSION ENDS BEFORE DINNER
AVOID CENTRES WHERE THERE ARE MORE THAN 6 STUDENTS
CHOOSE ROUND-THE-CLOCK IMMERSION
Only true and complete round-the-clock immersion allows the brain to harmonise the activities of its different 'language acquisition' zones. Only this type of immersion allows us to absorb the culture of the language. At night, our brain continues to work, to live and to dream in that language. We do not only learn when we concentrate. We also learn, and possibly learn more, unconsciously, in the same way that we have learned our mother tongue. If we have very little time, we must insist on true round-the-clock immersion. That is the only way to guarantee that we will achieve our objectives, even the most ambitious ones, rapidly and easily.
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new DialoguE Centre in Maastricht on 1st April 2015.
Visit the 'DialoguE Languages Netherlands' website
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