Learn a foreign language while doing cultural activities

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)