Can you use Virtual Reality to improve the way you learn languages?
Virtual Reality has been showing its potential to be a powerful tool for learning a new language. It takes time and practice before you can become fluent in speaking, writing or listening in your target language.
People worldwide are using VR as a learning resource for languages and what it has to offer is impressive. Our physical and economical limitations no longer limit us. We can actually get away from the world, in virtual reality, with our language learning and keep studying at home, in any comfortable setting.
The possibilities of using VR to improve your language skills are limitless and the list of benefits is long.
Some of these benefits include:
Immersing yourself in different environments that reflect a real-life situation. Learning about what it would be like to live a different culture without leaving your home or library. Developing your ability to visualize and take inductive knowledge from pictures, video or audio which provide you with new perspectives on topics that you already know well.
You can use VR to learn languages in a fun and interactive way. Whilst sitting down and reading a book or watching a film is most certainly an effective method of learning, VR can make it more interesting for children and adults.
VR allows you to interact with virtual characters. It can be presented in different ways, depending on the language you are trying to learn. Also, you are having trouble learning your target language by yourself or by using a textbook, it allows you to practice conversation skills and communication skills whilst maintaining interest in the topics of discussion.
You are able to take learning foreign languages into your own hands. You can use self-study methods that fit around your schedule. This includes audio/video podcasts, short (2 to 3 minute) videos and language learning games. The possibilities are endless and make your learning fun.
Very often, a person will have to travel away from home in order to study a foreign language. Not so in an immersive environment that is available 24/7. You might be studying in different locations and trying to get plenty of practice by speaking with native speakers. If language learning is your sole motive, VR technology to bring the experience of learning anywhere, at any time. This can be truly beneficial not only academically but therapeutically as it immerses you in different types of environments that reflect your needs whilst improving your communication skills.
In some cases, people do not have the chance to learn a foreign language from the country that speaks it or from people that live in the area. This is due to geographical or opportunity reasons. but using Virtual Reality can provide an opportunity to experience this and learning in an immersive environment.
Using VR for learning languages improves your ability to communicate and understanding skills in other areas of life as well. Learning about a different culture through experiencing it for yourself rather than hearing about it can help you better understand others. The opportunities of being able to see from someone else’s point of view are unlimited and VR provides this, whilst improving your language skills.
It is an effective tool to help with children’s speech problems, developmental disorders and/or learning disabilities. This is due to the interactive nature of VR and the fact that it encourages social interactions.
You are able to take control of your own learning experience through using VR, with your potential availability to be all around the world. This means that you can receive feedback from peers without the hassle of leaving your home or country in order to meet up with them and study.
It is interactive and allows you to have conversations with other students from all around the world. This gives you the freedom to learn by yourself, in your own way, and choose your own experience
VR offers you the tools to learn at your own pace. You are able to go through certain parts of a language course quicker or slower than you would need depending on skill level and this means that no matter what methods can be used to learn at home, there is always a virtual reality experience that complements it.
VR makes learning easier and promote effortless techniques of studying. This means that it is more likely to stick. You can use a combination of methods by experimenting with different approaches until you find what works best for you.
New developments in gaming, virtual reality or personal technology will continue to improve the way we learn languages. The benefits of using VR for learning a foreign language are significant and help us develop creativity alongside.