Learning a New Language

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 11, 2020 and last updated on July 20, 2023

The topic of Learning a New Language is immensely valuable for English learners as it offers numerous benefits for personal and professional growth. By delving into language acquisition, learners can expand their cognitive abilities, improve memory and sharpen critical thinking skills. Learning a new language not only enhances communication proficiency but also fosters cultural understanding and empathy.

Moreover, it provides a gateway to broader opportunities, enabling learners to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and excel in an increasingly interconnected world. Embracing this topic empowers English learners to become more versatile, confident and globally competent individuals.

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 a New Language

Learning a new language is an enriching and transformative journey that opens doors to diverse cultures, people and opportunities. Mastering a foreign language enhances cognitive abilities, memory and problem-solving skills. It enables effective communication, bridging gaps between individuals from different linguistic backgrounds. Moreover, language acquisition cultivates empathy and a deeper understanding of other cultures.

However, it also requires dedication, patience and consistent practice. Embracing the challenges and rewards of learning a new language empowers individuals to embrace global connections, broaden their horizons and embark on a lifelong learning adventure.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • boring (adjective)
  • learn (verb)
  • foreign (adjective)
  • culture (noun)
  • communicate (verb)
  • opportunity (noun)
  • enjoy (verb)
  • nowadays (adverb)
  • technology (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What languages would you most like to learn?
  • What languages do you know?
  • What languages did you learn when you were a child?
  • Did you enjoy learning them?
  • What motivates you to learn a new language?
  • How do you typically approach language learning: self-study, classes, immersion, or a combination?
  • Have you ever experienced challenges while learning a new language?
  • What are the benefits of being multilingual in today's globalised world?
  • How does learning a new language impact your understanding of different cultures and their traditions?
  • Should learning a second language be a mandatory part of school curricula worldwide?
  • Is it more effective to learn a language through immersion in a country where it's spoken or through formal classroom instruction?
  • Is it necessary to be fully fluent in a language to effectively communicate and understand its culture?
  • Is the use of technology and language-learning apps making traditional language classes obsolete?
  • Is it easier to learn a new language when you're younger, or can adults achieve the same level of fluency with the right approach?
  • Is it ethical for businesses to prioritise candidates who are bilingual or multilingual over monolingual applicants?
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.