Studying a language in the country where it’s spoken has huge advantages compared to studying it at home. You will learn tons in your classes, and you’ll get to practice even more after school when you use the language for real – like when you buy ice cream, talk to your classmates, or play beach volleyball.
Our basic idea is to help you grow both linguistically and as a person, while you get to experience an incredible summer through your language trip. Once you’re back home after your time abroad with us, you will realize that your trip has given you more than just improved language skills. This trip will also lead you to grow as a person, and it will give you new perspectives on the future.
Your teachers are carefully selected and all teaching is conducted by qualified teachers who speak the language natively and have extensive experience. Lessons are held in a classroom chosen to fit the small group size that is typical of our classes. You may live a bus ride away from the school or you might be within walking distance. You will ride or walk to school with your new friends and talk to them on your way there. Your host family or leader will give you directions to school on your first day.
Before your arrival or on the first day of your language trip, you will take a test to determine your current skills. Based on the result, you will be placed with a group of students at the same linguistic level. Your teachers will often bring some of the local culture into the classroom – a unique chance for you to learn even more. After the class, you will be surprised at how much you’ve actually enhanced your skills. After the final test, you’ll get a course completion certificate as proof of your improvement.
On our language trips, we focus more on learning than teaching. Your language skills will quickly improve through fast-paced lessons, group projects and various role-playing games. Conversations and interactions are important, but so are grammar, vocabulary, and reading and listening comprehension.
Good language skills and cultural awareness are more important than ever and living where you will meet and talk to locals will help you learn efficiently. You’ll get to practice the language daily, both in the classroom and during all your activities. You will learn expressions and phrases that will be useful in future. By studying a language abroad, you also learn about cultural similarities and differences, while being motivated to learn, because you will immediately be able to use your new skills!
But your learning doesn’t end just because you’ve left the classroom or finished class for the day. You will have constant opportunities to practice the language when talking to shopkeepers, spending time with your host family, or hanging out with your international friends.