Choosing to learn at a language school abroad is one of the most effective ways to fully appreciate the language. Plus, by learning a language on location, it is much easier to understand the cultural insights of the locals. Language schools can be set-up to teach a casual learner to the serious student, so it benefits to carefully research the different schools to make sure you use the right teaching environment. Also, the teaching can vary from one or two-hour lessons, full day teaching, or a full-featured service (social gatherings, school activities, weekends away, student tours, etc).
Here are several points to consider when searching the right location for the language school:
The actual location of the teaching institute can have a significant impact on the ability to learn, the expense, and overall enjoyment. A school set in a tourist town is practical for those wishing to pick up the new language skills while also being able to meet up with other students and travelers. A further benefit of schools in tourist towns is the wide range of extracurricular activities that will be popular in the local area.
Before signing up with one of the language schools make sure to investigate the published fees per hour of study. The most expensive fees quoted for lessons are usually in the big tourist cities. Plus, the accommodation in these areas is usually equally as high.
There are a variety of benefits that come from signing up for a language school in a non-tourist area. A significant benefit is the more affordable rates for the lessons and accommodation. Also, when you are away from the touristy areas there is a greater possibility of being forced to speak the new language. Many of the tourist-friendly destinations will have people who are able to speak the native language which doesn’t help in the long-term. It is more helpful to seek out a destination that will force you to put your new language skills to more use.
Certain schools might actually provide accommodation while others leave the students to find their own. This could leave the student living in a hostel or hotel, which could have a noticeable impact on the study costs.
A great accommodate option is to take the homestay, which gives the opportunity to rent a room from a local family. Renting a room with locals can further help to pick up the new language and get a better appreciation of the location, food, and culture.