To practice a language where it’s spoken has great advantages compared to studying it back home. You learn lots in class, but the best practice comes after school when you actually use it. Maybe when buying ice-cream or playing beach volleyball.
The method STS uses is Progressive Learning, which combines learning and fun. Our lessons are full of engaging exercises and role play, mixed with group projects in town and sometimes field trips. This is how it works:
We have high demands of all language teachers we recruit. All teachers are properly qualified and can speak English to a native level. Many teachers are also your activity leaders. It’s possible you’ll be taught by different nationalities, but at least one third of your education will be with a native speaker.
Our lessons take place in light and modern classrooms, selected to fit the small groups that are typical for our courses. In some cases you live only a short bus trip away from school, in other cases it’s walking distance. Either way, you go to school with your new friends and will make conversation along the way. Your host family or leader will show you the route on your first day.
There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world (nobody knows for sure how many), much more than you can learn. But to master one or two languages, besides your mother, tongue is a really good idea. It’s an asset for your future career, for when you want to travel and for understanding other cultures.
The fact that the learning takes place in an environment where the language is spoken is a big advantage. You live with the language around the clock and can practice what you’ve studied.