Language immersion is a method of learning a new language by surrounding yourself with it in your daily life. This often means travelling to a country where the language is spoken, getting to know the locals, and familiarising yourself with the culture. Completing simple activities such as going to the supermarket or the gym are then beneficial, as they push you out of your comfort zone and force you to learn the language in a way that’s applicable to your everyday life.
Research has found that due to the way our brains process grammar, learning a second language through immersion is likely more effective. Studies from Georgetown University Medical Centre showed that those who learned a language through immersion processed grammar in the same way native speakers did, whereas those who learnt in a classroom did not.
Other research has shown that students involved in immersion programs perform at least as well, and often better than their non-immersion peers on English tests, after English has been introduced into the curriculum for a couple of years. This demonstrates an improved ability to speak the language through immersion as opposed to more traditional means.
Research on language immersion education has also demonstrated benefits such as higher academic achievement, improved literacy development, and improved functioning of cognitive skills. This is particularly valuable in children in enhancing their performance in other areas of life.
Immersion programmes to learn English are often intensive and involve learning the language for several hours per day, which means there are no breaks in between session in which to forget vocabulary. Newbury Hall offers an intensive programme for Young Learners allowing students the opportunity to prepare for life personally and professionally through learning a wide range of subjects and developing language fluency.
No safety net
Not having the safety net of slipping back into your native language when conversation becomes difficult forces you to persevere.
Easy access to practice
Speaking with the locals will help to build your confidence in real life situations, such as in a restaurant, when purchasing item in a shop or asking for directions
Accent and colloquialisms
Learning the English language through chatting to native speakers provides an opportunity for learners to become familiarised improve their accent and become familiarised with slang. This is beneficial as understanding a language only when correct grammar is used is limiting in terms of real world applications.
Surrounding yourself with other people with the same goal as you motivates you to succeed and offers opportunities for you to help each other in your learning.
Learning about the customs and traditions of other cultures helps promote open mindedness, as developing personal relationships with people whose lifestyle differs from your own helps you consider the perspectives and opinions of others. Experiencing new foods and activities is also beneficial in enhancing your own lifestyle. Our Young Learnerand Professional Homestay and Residential options help promote this.
Our immersion courses are perfect for highly motivated individuals who want to learn to speak English, as well as absorb the culture and have fun in the process. Immersion courses offer significant benefits to your work and personal life, and life-enriching cultural experiences.