In our multicultural world, speaking only one language can hold you back on several levels. Those who can speak more than one language enjoy increased job opportunities, for example, while also expanding their worldview. Additionally, there are plenty of cognitive benefits of learning a new language, from helping to improve your memory to providing a creativity boost.
And those benefits can happen for language students of all ages. While the consensus is that it’s easier, at least on a cognitive level, to begin learning a new language at a young age, it’s never too late to dive in. A university environment can be equally, if not more, enriching experience than learning a second language in a primary or secondary school setting.
For starters, your adult vocabulary is likely richer than ever, providing greater opportunity to grasp a second language. Language and culture immersion opportunities are usually much more ubiquitous in post-secondary settings as well. Let’s explore the nuances of learning a new language in university versus secondary school, and ways to access lessons no matter your age. Continue reading