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Language School

Language school is the best option for those who want to learn a new language or to take a refresher course in a language they might have learned in high school.

There are many well-established language schools around the world, and you can find intensive courses, night courses, and total immersion programs in the country of your choice.

Going to language school is a better option than learning at home with books and tapes, because receiving instruction from a native speaker, face to face, is a more effective method of learning a language than learning prepared words and phrases. Good language courses will encourage you to create your own dialogue and to learn to express yourself in the language you wish to learn.

There are many reasons a person may want to attend language school., and learning a language is a useful for:

  • Travel
  • Business
  • School
  • Pleasure

You can easily find intensive classes for business, which are useful if, for example, you are being relocated in a certain country. Many of these courses allow you to obtain basic proficiency in a language after a few weeks or months of study, but real fluency comes with actually living in the country or interacting with the natives.

One advantage of going to language school rather than learning on your own, is that you can practice speaking the language with your classmates outside of class.

Many language schools have language labs that are available for students to use almost any time. These language labs usually contain tapes, books, magazines and newspapers, and you can get extra practice through using these materials.

If you have some time on your hands, and want to obtain maximum proficiency in the language of your choice, it is a good idea to investigate total immersion courses that are available in many countries. Many of these schools have dormitories or placement with families. Through these programs, you will be able actually live in the language while you are dwelling in the country.

The classes are conducted entirely in the language and cultural events are usually included in the program, such as trips, weekend excursions and festivals. Many of these programs last from a 4 to 6 weeks, and are usually available over the summer, but some programs are open several times a year.

These programs are ideal for students or a teachers, who have a long summer breaks. Since businesses are looking more toward international commerce, it is possible that a company will offer a leave of absence to an employee who wishes to add another language to his or her skills.

For those who are taking day or evening courses at a language school, there are usually placement exams offered before the course begins. These tests are designed to determine the student’s skill level, and whether he or she should attend beginning, intermediate or advanced courses.

Placement exams may be oral or written, but are usually a combination of both. Once you are placed in a course in language school, you can expect to do a large portion of your learning in the classroom, but for learning a language, a lot of practice is required, so you will also do a substantial amount of work outside of the classroom.

Textbooks are used, but many language teachers encourage their students to watch films to read newspapers, magazines, books and other materials written or produced in the language. The more interaction one has with a language, the easier it will be to learn, so coursework in language school is only one part of learning a language.

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