Why you should do cultural activities to learn a foreign language?

by / Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Learning a language is more than what your text book focuses on, for example, learning about structures, pronunciation and practice for an exam.  Language is also about learning the culture, how the native speakers interact and everyday language use.

As a learner in a class, you should always make sure you are learning the language aspects that books don’t provide.

Cultural activities help you become more motivated towards learning the language, it breaks stereotypes, and you can use the language in context.

Some of the cultural activities you can do as a learner are:  going to restaurants where they speak the language, going to festivals, reading books, watching TV shows in the target language, being actively involved in different social network groups among other things.

“Acquisition requires meaningful interaction in the target language – natural communication – in which speakers are concerned not with the form of their utterances but with the messages they are conveying and understanding.” (Stephen Krashen)

2 Responses to “Why you should do cultural activities to learn a foreign language?”

  1. Emad Mousa says : Reply

    It is a wonderful idea.but
    Where about we can practice these activities?

    • livelanguage says : Reply

      Thank you for your comment!
      There are a lot of options for students:
      1. going to festivals: You can join the school’s Social Programme or check what’s on in Glasgow (http://peoplemakeglasgow.com/what%27s-on/ )
      2. reading books: Join one of the libraries in Glasgow. You can borrow 12 books for free and you can also join reading clubs
      3. Being involved in the community: You can join the International Welcome Club (poster on Social Programme board) or do some volunteering as part of Globaliveation.
      If you need some more ideas, let me know.