Immersion has been found to be one of the most effective ways to learn a new language. Some of the benefits include increased academic achievement, language and literacy development, and cognitive skills. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Let’s go into more detail as to what to expect as well as more benefits of immersion learning in China.
Meet New People
Perhaps the biggest benefit lies in your ability to mingle with the locals. What better way to understand and practice the local language than by jumping in with two feet? Practicing with real locals is crucial in fine tuning your Mandarin Chinese skills, offering many more advantages than simply sitting in a classroom conjugating verbs. Not only can you meet local people, you can also meet people from all over the world in your travels, expanding your view even more.
Exposure to Culture
There’s only so much you can learn about the local culture from books in a classroom or even online. Through immersion, you can practice your language skills every single day and get immediate feedback from others. You’re also exposed to the favorite local TV shows, social media sites, books and gathering spots for entertainment. That element is something you just can’t get when learning from afar.
Building off the above advantage, students of immersion learning can converse with others in a meaningful, real-world way – not just through speech but also through culture, art and music exposure. This places less importance on book learning that depends on rote vocab memorization and more on interactive learning that will benefit them in real-world applications.
Learning a language where you are thrust into real daily life in that country can boost your brain power – literally. Studies have shown that immersion learning students are better able to break apart words, identify sounds, and listen more intently. In fact, bilinguals have been shown to out-perform monolinguals in crucial decision-making areas.
When a teacher asks a student to answer a language question in a classroom, the student either knows it or doesn’t. Out in the real world immersed in other people speaking native Mandarin Chinese, they learn how to get over their stumbling blocks even if they don’t know how to express themselves in words, using visual cues, gestures, context and cultural elements to get their point across successfully.
Learn Mandarin in China
BRIC Language Systems offers many immersion trips to China as part of their innovative programs that are based out of Shanghai. Travel in groups, venture around the city, and learn from the locals. There’s no better way to learn the local culture, cuisine, and history, all while making new friends in the process!