Does learning a language always have to be so tedious and boring?
The answer is a resounding “No!”.
Learning a new language should be challenging, but nobody ever said it has to be dull. Learning a new language can be really enjoyable when your approach to learning is geared towards having fun!
Any form of education can be quite dull when you approach learning through repetitive rote learning methods. This creates a poor (and lackluster) learning pattern, which will usually lead to smaller amounts of progress.
If education is a means to prepare students for the complicated world they inhabit, then the educational system cannot deprive students of a general education in the area of foreign language. The value of such an education not only lies in job preparation but also in developing an understanding of other people and cultures.
Learning While Having Fun: The Ultimate Combination
There is a common misconception that proper learning should be serious and solemn in nature, and if one is having fun then they’re not truly learning. Our programs provide an alternative route to learning a language while providing a pleasurable method to do so.
There is an old Chinese proverb that describes the beauty of learning languages through programs like ours: “Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” The best language programs are designed to involve the student in different ways of using the language.
The Benefits of Learning a Language Through Rounded Minds Program
Research was conducted in 2003 by the language acquisition experts, Asian EFL Journal. The research considered the effectiveness of game-based education methods on students when learning a new language. The students commented that they enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, the games provided, as well as the competitiveness and motivation that games brought to the learning environment.
It was further observed by the teachers that the students actually seemed to learn at an increased pace and retain the information gained through having fun compared to learning through rote methods. The research confirmed that having fun is a highly effective tool to language acquisition.
Thus far, we’ve already seen numerous benefits, so here’s a brief summary:
- Time effective
- A welcome break from the usual method of education
- Fun and enjoyable
- Provides meaningful context for language use
- Increases learning motivation
- Promotes communicative competence
- Reduces anxiety of making errors
- Integrates numerous linguistic skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Encourages players to use the language
- Creates positive attitudes towards learning
Just by having fun, your brain becomes heavily stimulated while learning, and you simultaneously improve on other useful cognitive skills such as problem solving, memory, focus, mental agility and—of course—language.
Whatever program you choose to enroll in is entirely up to you. Each student enjoys a different stimulus when it comes to their interest. So go ahead and jump in; you won’t believe how fast and fun your child can pick up a second language.
Source: FluentU (http://www.fluentu.com/blog/best-way-to-learn-a-new-foreign-language-online/).