Students learning a new language relish the opportunity to grow their skills. A classroom setting only goes so far to impart confidence in speaking a second language. The interactions students engage in with instructors often don’t allow for regional expressions and the accents of native speakers.
Walking into a boulangerie in Paris and ordering a baguette is very different from telling the teacher “bonjour”, for example.
As a seasoned Tour Escort, I’ve traveled with student groups all over the world. One of the most attractive aspects for me is observing students getting their wings abroad and using their classroom language skills in the field. It’s exciting to watch them learn.
If you’re an educator who’d like to see students speaking their chosen languages in native settings, I’ve selected several top destinations for your language skills. These are personal favorites, due to their accessibility and the availability of English speakers, once the group has reached “parlez-vous” saturation, at day’s end.
The mythical City of Lights is a wonderful proving ground for students of French and one of my top destinations for your language skills. Its rich history, culinary traditions, and stunning landmarks provide an exciting backdrop for a linguistic experience your students will never forget.
Oaxaca City, Mexico.
Home to many ex-patriots from Europe, Oaxaca City is located in southwestern Mexico, in Oaxaca state. While English speakers can be found here, Oaxaca provides an opportunity for students to give their Spanish skills a real workout, in its colorful markets and artisanal boutiques. Its cultural heritage and traditions are redolent of the ancient civilizations of Mexico.
With seven UN World Heritage sites located here, Beijing is a hub of international influence. Mandarin is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most prominent languages, so students learning it are well-positioned for future careers. In a metropolis that melds Chinese dynastic history with ultra-modern architecture and world-class cuisine, students will enjoy a profound experience unlike any other.
One of the most beautiful cities on earth, Rome is home to the legacy of the Caesars. Today a bustling center that gathers the world to its bosom, the Eternal City hosts functionaries from the European Union. Students of Italian will be given endless opportunities to expand their skills here, as Romans are notoriously proud of their language and many eschew speaking English. But fear not, for English speakers now abound in this iconic destination.
These are only a few favorites from my personal list of top destinations for your language skills. I’ve selected them for their cultural interest, the opportunities they provide students to improve their command of the native languages in play, and did I mention the food?
Each of these top destinations for your language skills is a world unto itself and an experience your language students will treasure all their lives. Not only will they build their skills in the language they’re learning, they’ll come away with a richer connection to its cultural setting and people.
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