As part of education, students should spend a period of time studying and living in a different county to learn language and culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Living in another country for any length of time can bring with it enormous benefits. Learning a new language and experiencing a different way of life are but two. I would agree wholeheartedly that any student would benefit from going abroad to live for awhile.
Living in a foreign country to experience a different culture even for a short period of time is eye-opening for any traveller. Everything from the food they eat to how to interact with people can be different and strange and to survive one has to adapt quickly. Consequently,students living abroad usually have a better and more thorough understanding of the outside world than those students who stay at home. Having an open mind about the differences in culture helps them become a more rounded person.
Furthermore, having to immerse oneself into the local language is the best way to learn it. Having to negotiate and deal with the locals to buy food or ask directions or even have a basic conversation increases one’s vocabulary on a daily basis. The truth is, no matter how well a student does in their foreign language courses back home, they never master the language completely. True native fluency can only be learnt on the ground in the country of that languages origin.
In conclusion, I firmly hold the view that living in another country, for an extended period of time, for education purposes is advantageous for students who want to increase their language skills and experience new cultures.
By Dr Rob Burton
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