Doing a sabbatical can be one of the most unique and life changing experience that you can ever have as a professional. Taken from the root word “sabbath”, sabbatical denotes a period of rest from current work commitments. Because a sabbatical is actually a “rest period” from work which is crucial towards re-invigoration, it is also expected to bring about positive and fruitful transformation both in your personal and professional life. This does not mean, however, that the time allotted for this activity will be consumed for vacation alone. It is also an opportunity to improve and learn new things, such as another language, which, in this case, is called a language sabbatical.
As its very name suggests, a language sabbatical is undertaken in another country with a different culture and using a language other than your own, This allows you an opportunity to learn the language in a dynamic and a pro-active way.
Why Do A Language Sabbatical?
While a language sabbatical is in itself a unique experience, what makes it worth your time and effort is that it further presents learning and immersing in a different culture and environment. Furthermore, learning a foreign language during a sabbatical creates advantages that are by nature exclusive to the experience, to wit:
Rather than learning a new language by rote as is the usual method in traditional classroom settings, foreign language can be learnt with more ease and speed because you are going to use the language everyday of your life during the sabbatical. This is because you have immediate interactions with a community who speak the language, and such an arrangement which necessitates immediately practicing to use the language is the best learning support that a foreign language learner can ever have.
Tweaks in a foreign language, such as idiomatic expressions, are learned more readily in a setting where the cultural foundations of the language in question is directly observed, and such is the case during a language sabbatical done in a country where the language in question is being used.
The Role of Cultural Experience in Language Learning
As noted above, language and culture is mutually intertwined. Inasmuch as cultural rudiments determine the nature of a particular language, firsthand cultural experience serves to make learning easy on the part of a non-native speaker. This is why MLB offers customized Spanish bespoke programs to students who want to undertake a Spanish language sabbatical in Spain. The aim is to maximize the use of activities that will enhance learning the language in the soonest possible time, thus making available quality programs at the best rate.