Language & Culture
How to Experience a Language, Not Just Learn It
By The Broadreach HQ
Do you still remember those songs used to memorize the Spanish alphabet? How about playing hopscotch to practice counting in French? While these are helpful tools for learning the basics of a language, they probably didn’t feel particularly engaging, exciting or relevant. At Broadreach, we take an entirely different approach to language learning. We believe that developing language skills within the context of your passions and interests, and within a native-speaking culture, better enables you to retain what you learn and find the life within a language. And, more importantly, it helps you enjoy what you learn. Here are just a few of the concrete benefits of skill-based language learning in another culture:
PROVIDES A DEEPER EXPERIENCE OF ANOTHER CULTURE
By experiencing another culture and country through the lens of your interests, you become part of that place rather than just a tourist visiting landmarks and buying souvenirs. Anyone can go to France and sample wonderful food, but exploring French language and culture while learning culinary skills from professional chefs inside the kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu and a rural French manor provides a more meaningful and memorable connection.
DEVELOPS A UNIQUE AND VALUABLE SKILLSET THAT WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR PATH
You’re definitely not going to learn how to conduct medical evaluations on real patients in Spanish 101. At Broadreach, you’ll learn vocabulary and communication skills that are applicable to your goals and aspirations, and can have a direct effect on your future endeavors. When you’re applying for medical school or interning in a hospital, your Broadreach experience will not only help you stand out among your peers, but also make you a more well-rounded clinician.
INSPIRES CREATIVE THINKING
How does the Afro-Caribbean culture pass down family history, and how can you apply that to your own interest in historical documentation? How do local NGOs in Nicaragua approach implementing community-driven solutions to the challenges they face? Exploring a topic of interest in a language and culture other than your own provides you with a fresh perspective that will help you to think critically and creatively. Take that soccer drill you learned on the pitches of Costa Rica back home with you to help your team with their passing game. Translate what you learn from other cultures into creative and innovative solutions in your own life.
TEACHES CRITICAL SKILLS FOR A QUICKLY CHANGING WORLD
The world is changing. Be ready. Knowing how to see the world in a cross-cultural global context is a necessity for the future, no matter what path you pursue down the road. The foundation of skills developed during multi-cultural learning experiences like Broadreach will help you innovate within your chosen field, communicate effectively across different cultures and, ultimately, make a greater impact on the world.
While the benefits speak for themselves, learning a language with Broadreach is also incredibly fun! By combining language learning with focused activities that truly engage and excite you, your journey from novice to practiced speaker will be filled with adventure, laughter and lifelong memories.
Our skill-based language programs include:
Ecuador Medical Spanish
Peru Spanish & Service
Spain Spanish & Culture
France Language & Cuisine
West Indies French & Culture
Do you have an interest you’d like to pursue in the context of another language? Let us know in the comment section below, and who knows, you may see it on our language program roster next year!