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Sprachcaffe study highlights benefits of language trips
Sprachcaffe Languages Plus has published The Language Learning Sustainability Project 2017, an international survey which evaluates the sustainability of language trips, their overall efficiency and long-lasting benefits.

German-based Sprachcaffe, a worldwide chain of language schools and study abroad agencies, invited more than 2,000 students of varying ages, nationalities and learning networks to participate in the survey, sharing their experiences of a study abroad trip within the last five to 10 years.

 

Almost two thirds of participants were students of English, and 68 per cent were classified as the 'young demographic', aged 10-to-29 whilst on their trip.

 

The study combined quantitative data collected through the survey results with qualitative research in the form of interviews and testimonies from language learners.

 

One of the results of the study demonstrated students' motivations for taking language trips, with professional reasons most cited at 62 per cent.

 

The study also explored the benefits of learning abroad, one of which was in-person learning, with 90 per cent of participants citing 'interaction with others' as the most useful resource for improving language skills.

 

Corinna, a participant in the survey, said, "I don't doubt that what I learned in school was good to learn grammar, but the practical training abroad was more helpful to me and I expanded my vocabulary and improved my conversations."

 

Human impacts of language trips were also indicated, with 51 per cent of participants noting greater confidence both generally and in their language abilities.

 

Pierre, another survey respondent, commented, "A language trip can be an excellent way of boosting your language skills.

 

"You just have to relax and practise, practise and practise again. Eventually, you'll be desensitised, and you'll no longer be afraid to speak."

 

Whilst 65 per cent of participants admitted to having travelled alone, 60 per cent said they were still in contact with their classmates after the trip, highlighting the opportunity to form relationships while abroad.

 

Furthermore, as a result of their language trip, 30 per cent of participants said they now watched movies and videos in the target language.

 

The document was translated into six languages and is available online.

 

 

By Jared Tinslay

Editorial Assistant