In this episode, I share some important advice for anyone wanting or planning to go on a language immersion trip abroad in order to get the most out of the trip.
- “Necessity” is key. You’re much more likely to succeed if you need a language as opposed to just wanting it.
- Put yourself in places that will make necessity more likely.
- Don’t study while you’re on an immersion trip. Do that at home.
- Take advantage of the language that’s alive all around you.
- Don’t associate with expats or foreigners (speakers of your language). If you must, make sure you always include the target language community in outings.
- Homestays are excellent (living with a target language family). Especially if members of the family can’t speak English.
- Hang out in places where you’re the only foreigner. Be intentional about where you spend your time.
- Keep a notebook and pen on you at all times.
- Find a teacher who uses a communicative teaching methodology.
- Volunteer to teach English while you’re there – it’s a great way to make friends and also to exchange languages.
Related blog post:
Read my article on 8 things you should do on an immersion trip to get the most out of it.