Saturday, February 11, 2006
Language Program Promises Culture and Linguistic Education
The Concordia Language Villages program promises not only to teach you the language in an immersion setting, but also to work on the cultural background of the target language. I believe that there is much need for this kind of approach. I know that this kind of approach would make a huge difference. My main concern though is the time period assigned for such an 'immersion program'. I don't believe that two weeks would be enough to ideally achieve what is needed. But I have to say here that I have no idea what the curriculum is like, how the material is distributed or how it is weighed. It also depends on the knowledge and level of the students the program accepts. My gut feeling says that two weeks are not enough. From my experience, immersion programs need to be at least 8-10 weeks long to have any impact (moving from one level to the next). Still, the concept is great and I wish CLV the best of luck. If I have time I will try to get more information on the program. You can click here to go to their website and I am adding it to the blogroll as well.