“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” – Rita Mae Brown
Learning a language can sometimes be a challenging and frustrating experience. Sometimes, you might feel that you have reached a dead-end, and motivating yourself can become difficult.
Last week, we hosted 3 wonderful people from the Czech Republic who had not only the desire, but especially the passion to improve their English.
During our training courses, we aim not to forget that speaking a second language not only opens new doors but also has numerous advantages.
We based our session on learning through speaking, through experience in an outdoor context.
And the result was great!
In Jump Association, thanks to our teaching methods, we try to inspire you, motivate you and remind you that learning a second language is a most rewarding and worthwhile endeavor. And most importantly, we make sure you never give up!
Through different fun activities, we started our course by introducing themselves.
In a non-formal, different, open-air context, we proposed to our participants activities that challenged themselves.
We started by giving them a broad knowledge of the vocabulary to use during the activities in order to put into practice what they learned day after day.
“Feeling and Emotion” activity was one of the activities we started on the first day and finished at the end of the course.
Being outdoors, participants had the chance to be in contact with nature and explain their relationship with it also through a practical activity.
The teachers had 3 empty glass jars they had to fill with natural elements that were supposed to represent their emotions experienced in certain situations or important events of their lives.
An outdoor environment fosters creativity, influences the best part of ourselves and makes us feel better
.Music was also the protagonist of our course. Listening to well-known songs and trying to rewrite the lyrics is a great exercise to improve your English.
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong was listened to 3 times.
The first time, with eyes closed, with the participants perceiving the melody and getting in touch with the song lyrics; the second time by reading and trying to insert the missing words; the third time to allow them to complete the task and give meaning to the lyrics. Of course, it is indispensable to analyze the text both literally and grammatically and, above all, to observe some pronunciation rules that they may find in other linguistic contexts.
On the last day of our course, we also discussed an important topic: Culture.
How it shapes the way we see the world, ourselves and others.
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis
Author: Roberta Muratore – JUMP Trainer