Learning Foreign Languages in the Future

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 2, 2020 and last updated on July 15, 2023

Talking about learning foreign languages in the future is an excellent discussion topic for English learners as it allows them to explore emerging trends, tools and opportunities in language acquisition. Engaging in conversations about this topic not only expands their vocabulary related to language learning but also exposes them to futuristic concepts such as AI-driven language apps, virtual reality language immersion and online language communities.

Moreover, discussing the future of language learning cultivates their critical thinking skills, encourages cultural awareness and ignites their curiosity to adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of language acquisition in an interconnected world.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Learning Foreign Languages in the Future

Learning foreign languages in the future promises to be a fascinating and transformative experience. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the ability to communicate across borders and cultures will only grow in importance. Advancements in technology, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, hold the potential to revolutionise language learning by providing immersive and personalised experiences.

Additionally, evolving teaching methodologies and online platforms enable learners to access a wealth of resources and connect with language communities worldwide. Embracing the topic of learning foreign languages in the future opens up a world of possibilities for individuals seeking linguistic proficiency and cultural understanding.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • foreign (adjective)
  • subject (noun)
  • alternative (noun)
  • converse (verb)
  • uncommon (adjective)
  • international (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you speak any foreign languages apart from English? If yes, which languages and why?
  • Do you think the need for learning foreign languages will be the same in the future as it is now?
  • What role do you think technology will play in language learning in the future?
  • Will the advancement of machine translation technology reduce the need for individuals to learn foreign languages in the future?
  • What are some potential benefits of online language learning platforms or language learning apps in the future?
  • Do you think traditional classroom language learning will still be relevant in the future?
  • Will the demand for certain languages change in the future? Which languages do you think will become more important?
  • What challenges do you anticipate learners might face in the future of language learning?
  • Is it more effective to learn a language through immersion programs or through online language learning platforms?
  • Should language learning in the future focus more on communication skills or on cultural understanding?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.