Only speaking English on a French year abroad?
My daughter is going to a French uni for her third year abroad. I worry that means she will just hang out with other English students. Does that happen a lot?
This question was asked on 16th February 2016 and has been read 3254 times.
Hi there, I have had friends who have studied abroad in France and it is true, many students get sucked into a Erasmus bubble. However, this does not mean that she will only be speaking English. Many students choose France as a destination to practice their French, so even the Erasmus students may speak to each other in French to improve (however, they do mostly revert to English).Some suggestions I have to help her improve her French is to participate in a tandem language speaking programme, where she can speak with French people looking to improve their English while they correct her French. I would also encourage her to join more than just the Erasmus club at her host university. Generally, participating in afternoon and evening activities that locals would do (yoga classes, exercise, book clubs, student activities) helps students break out of the Erasmus bubble. The last suggestions I have is living with French students, as it would enable students to practice their French (however, students sometimes find this option isolating, if their French room-mates are not eager to facilitate language learning).The best advice I can give is to make sure students break out of their comfort zone while they are abroad, that gives them the biggest chance of learning.I hope this was helpful!
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