There is one thing in particular you can forget about on a language holiday: worrying about bad marks! Instead of the pressures of school grades, the emphasis is on focussed learning in small groups. A maximum of 15, but usually only up to 8 young people work together to polish up their language skills in a relaxed group environment! After class there are group excursions to discover the host country. The usually native-speaker language teacher is a great motivation, serving as a perfect example of pronunciation and phrases.
Questions in English? Forget it! After all, by the end of the holiday the foreign language should no longer seem so strange and the best way of achieving that is by speaking it. In addition to the tailored lessons, one of the key points of the programme is using what you’ve learnt in real life. That means using the language in the supermarket, in restaurants, understanding road signs and dealing with spontaneous conversational situations.
These experiences, far removed from the boring textbooks at school, are full of real emotions such as amazement or curiosity and thus stick in your memory better. You’ll be able to remember them much better later.
But don’t worry, you are not just learning the language 24 hours a day on this kind of holiday. It is important and particularly valuable that you gain an insight into another culture, into the differences to your own lifestyle, and that you learn to accept and respect foreign customs and practices. Being part of a language group also helps you become aware of how you interact socially and increases your confidence.