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Prepare For Spanish Immersion

How to prepare yourself for Spanish Immersion

Spanish Immersion

Once a student reaches a certain level of confidence, they might consider studying abroad. The best way to prepare for Spanish immersion is practicing communication skills. There are many benefits to Spanish immersion. It’s the best way to perfect Spanish and become fluent. So if the student feels prepared, here some steps they can take.

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  1. Get a Language Partner

    We recommend our students to look for a language partner since the beginning of the course. A language partner is a great resource because the student can develop conversations and are forced to respond to Native speakers. Therefore, they develop communication skills with Spanish Native speakers rather than teachers. The student can also choose the location of the Native speaker. If the student wants to go to Spain and learn the Spanish from there, they can find a Spanish speaker from Spain. Remember not all Spanish is the same, there are slight changes depending on country.

  2. Listen Only to Spanish Media

    This will slowly prepare the student in their immersive environment. By listening to Spanish music, radio, and podcasts they are turning their own home into a Spanish home. They will develop their listening skills and will unconsciously catch up on words and phrases. But most importantly, the transition into a Spanish country will go smoother because remember in Spanish country all media is in Spanish.

  3. Attend Conversation Classes and Meetup

    Conversing will be the most important resource. Meetups and conversation classes will be the most helpful since it forces the student to speak. While in a conversation there is more guidance and an instructor can help, but once the student travels they can’t ask those questions. Practice speaking and make as many mistakes as possible. Because the more mistakes that are made, the more a student can advance.

  4. Watch Spanish News, Movies, and TV

    I recommend watching media that pertains to the location the student is traveling to. For example, if they are traveling to Argentina, then they should watch Argentinian News and TV shows. Not only will the student pick up on phrases, but they will also understand speech patterns. Watching media will also help the student hear Native speaker accents and slang. Remember that Spanish immersion also includes culture.

  5. Choose the right Program

    Choosing the right program is crucial. There are universities that offer study abroad programs. these programs offer Spanish courses, cooking classes, and museum tours. There are also residencies that offer program activities and student exchanges. The student must choose correct the program.

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