Many people who struggle with issues of self-confidence find the thought of having to speak a new language terrifying. Thoughts like “what if I sound stupid, or say something wrong?” plague their minds. For some people, it’s a very difficult hurdle to overcome, even more so when you struggle with extreme shyness. We suggest that you be brave and dive into this new language with your whole heart and mind. In other words, immerse yourself in the language!
What is Immersion in a new language?
We would argue that the most effective way to learn a new language is through immersion. In essence, immersion means going to a country or area that speaks the language you want to learn and staying there for a while – not just 2 weeks. So everything in your life happens in English.
But can’t you learn a language in a classroom in your own country? Well, of course you can. And depending on the teacher you have and how long you learn for, you may learn a fair bit. For many people, this is the only option they have due to a lack of time and resources (financial, for example) or other obligations (such as families). And there are also many online, free resources to help you speed up your progress.
Why is Immersion in a new language better?
But, unfortunately, progress will never be as fast as when you actually immerse yourself in the language, and you will also be missing out on a lot about the language and especially all those things that native speakers actually say in real life when they are using their language, that don’t appear in text books.
It’s like learning to bake a chocolate cake. If you stay at home and learn the language in a classroom, you may learn to bake a fairly good, but very plain sponge. But if you go abroad and immerse yourself in the language, you are going to learn not only how to make a phenomenal cake, but how to fill it, layer it and decorate it. And then eat it!
If you join us to learn English at UCT’s dedicated language school then not only will you have the chance of being immersed in an English speaking environment, but you will have the opportunity to be taught by some of the best teachers in the industry. Our Social Programme is superb and presents a great opportunity to practise your English.
To see what immersion in Cape Town looks like, check out our YouTube videos.
Contact us for more information. We look forward to being a part of your English language learning journey in spectacular Cape Town.