Learning foreign languages: a question of attitude – and method

Communication is everything. This frequently quoted principle not only applies to resolving conflicts, but also to learning languages. Many polyglots, people who speak many languages, begin to use their new language almost straight away. Their motto: It’s best to jump straight in at the deep end! By doing so, they are indeed relying on the other person’s willingness to understand and to take an interest in what they have to say. At the same time, however, they observe the native speakers during their conversations and work toward emulating their interlocutors’ facial expressions, gestures and the way they form the sounds of the foreign tongue. In short, they apply exactly the same techniques that children do completely intuitively whilst learning a language.

Concepts from developmental psychology and neuroscience have long since found their way into foreign-language didactics. So, too, have a number of methods and tools that can make language tuition profitable for all participants.

As Germany’s leading trade fair for languages and cultures, Expolingua is also a notable platform for presenting the many methods of teaching and learning foreign languages. This year the trade fair will take place in Berlin on 18th and 19th November.

Expolingua offers an ideal forum for participants – visitors and exhibitors alike – to discuss, try out new methods, and immerse themselves in the world of foreign languages. Language learners meet language providers personally and trade visitors can expand their international networks whilst making numerous new contacts. A range of presentations, educatively enriching performances and culinary specialities from around the globe give the trade fair programme an intimate international, cross-cultural touch.

July 12, 2016