“Full immersion” is an educational approach, whereby the language studied is both the target of the learning process and the medium through which learning happens.
In other words: you study English in English from day one!
In addition to learning language through its immediate and ongoing practice, full immersion allows learners to dive into the cultures where the language is spoken. Full immersion language programs allow learners to develop deep relationships with native speakers of the language and to learn about their customs and culture trough dialogue.
While full immersion programs develop all language-related skills (such as reading, writing, listening and speaking competencies), they prioritize communication skills.
Research shows that traditional methods of learning foreign languages are highly ineffective. In most cases individuals are not proficient and do not have the skills expected of advanced learners even after 600 hours of language training.
Language improvement in a full immersion setting are not merely the result of amount of instruction. Research has proven that full immersion exceeds by far the benefits of classroom study:
140 hours of full immersion (whereby you speak the language 24/7) can not be compared to 140 hours of regular language study. Even more strikingly, students make more progress- faster- in immersion programs and not when traveling abroad!
Most people believe that studying abroad will allow them to rapidly learn the language, but this is rarely the case. Although during study abroad students are likely to encounter vast amounts of local native speakers, they are not typically as patient and “sympathetic” to their difficulties as foreign language learners and producers as native speaker facilitators are during immersion programs. Attempts to start conversations with strangers and make new friends quickly are often unsuccessful, demotivating and stressful.
Participants in Immersion Academy’s language programs, however, are surrounded by native instructors and native speakers with whom they have consistent communication on a daily basis.