What is Immersion learning? (Part1)







What is Immersion learning?

There are two main ways of learning a language: the ‘skill-building’ approach and the ‘acquisition’ approach.

You can imagine the ‘skill-building’ approach as building a brick wall. Students learn individual words and grammar (the bricks) which they combine to create understandable sentences (the wall).

This is a great method if you are a beginner or need to learn a language quickly, for example going on holiday, but is not so useful for intermediate or advanced students who want to become fluent. To speak fluently, you don’t have time to build complex sentences or worry about perfect grammar, you need the right words to come into your head quickly. Think about your native language; you probably don’t know or even consider the various grammar rules or intonation of your language. Instead, you picked up the language from daily life over many years, and now just say what you are thinking naturally. We call this language acquisition.

You can acquire Japanese in exactly the same way as you acquired your native language; by listening, reading and watching as much Japanese as possible. This is called Immersion Learning. By listening to or reading lots of native Japanese, you will also unconsciously improve your speaking and writing skills, without needing to ‘build’ sentences that sound awkward or unnatural. Becoming fluent takes a long time, but with immersion learning it can also be fun, so don’t give up and you will start to see the results of your hard work! 


Fluent – 流暢な (りゅうちょうな)

Language Acquisition言語習得 (げんごしゅうとく)


Immersion Learningイマージョン学習 (がくしゅう)

Unconsciously無意識に (むいしきに)

If you’d like to know more about how to use immersion learning to study English, look forward to our next blog post where we’ll give you five tips on how to do it well.

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