Cactus Language offers beginners immersion language courses for more than 20 languages across the world. If you’re thinking about taking an immersion course abroad for beginners then there are a couple of questions you can ask yourself before getting started:
If you already have some knowledge of the language, learned it at school, or have already been exposed to it, you may be wondering whether you are a complete beginner or not. Our partner schools always ensure that students of a similar level are placed in the same group. On your first day at the school, you will usually take a placement test and be placed in a group with other students of the same level. While Elementary and above levels can start any Monday, the Beginners courses usually have set start dates throughout the year, so that all the complete beginners can start together.
If you know you are a complete beginner then you can choose your start date for a Beginners course, you do not need to take the level test. If, however, you do know a little of the language then it is always best to take our free online level test to check which level programme you should book.
Taking a course with a language school is a different experience from classic language courses you may have attended at school or university. Language schools follow the communicative approach: students are given an opportunity to discover the mean and use of language through tasks and activities, rather than explanations from the teacher. This is achieved through lots of pair-work and group-work, which allows students to learn through doing and maximise their speaking practice. Be ready to actively participate in the lesson! Making mistakes is perfectly normal and expected; this is essential to your progression. The teacher will create a relaxed and friendly environment in which you feel comfortable using the language. All courses are immersive, and the teacher will only use the language that you are learning. If you feel lost or stuck, your teacher will be happy to clarify and make sure you understand by using visuals, gestures and examples.
Being in the country where the language is spoken, you will be fully immersed in the language. This is a fantastic opportunity to put what you learn in the classroom into practice outside of the classroom: not only you will benefit from the course itself, but you will also progress by using the language on a daily basis. It’s a great idea to practice the language outside the classroom as much as possible, and to try using what you have learned during your stay. Interacting with the locals is the best way to experience the culture first-hand. Speaking the local language is a sign of respect and it will always be appreciated when you try to use it, even if your knowledge of the language is still limited.
Your progression will vary depending on: the similarities between your mother tongue and the language you are learning, if you have experience of learning other languages, and of course, your own learning pace. If you attend all your classes, actively participate, and interact with the locals outside the classroom, you will be surprised by the progress that you make.
Most of our partner schools offer language courses for complete beginners starting on the first Monday of each month. To find out more information about any of our courses or to book simply contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.