Don't hang around with other expats too much and also try to learn the language. It is nice to know people from home, but the best way of settling is to get stuck in with the locals. If you show that you are trying to learn the language and are willing to join in with their (sometimes strange) local traditions, then you'll generally be greeted with warmth and friendliness.
How learning German in school changed my life - While our leaders fight on a national platform about why German as a language should not be taught in schools, I cannot help but think about how this very 'foreign language' changed me as a person. ...
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COMPELLING research that has found the value to schoolchildren of learning more than one language will be explained in a public lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast next Tuesday.
USC lecturer in education Dr Peter Grainger will outline his work, including academic studies and anecdotal stories from his 20 years as a Japanese language teacher in high schools, at the fifth lecture in the Research@USC series from 5.30-7.30pm.
Dr Grainger will list 10 reasons why languages matter, ranging from increasing global understanding and improving employment potential to increasing self-understanding and life skills.
"People may not realise that learning a second language can also improve our first language ability, especially regarding literacy," he said.
Dr Grainger, a member of the Sunshine Coast branch of the Modern Language Teachers' Association of Queensland, said he aimed to encourage more language students to become language teachers.
He is hopeful the Queensland Government's new Global Schools initiative could revitalise the teaching of languages across the state, with its goal to have 100% of state schools offering languages from Prep by 2025.
To register for the lecture at the USC Innovation Centre Auditorium, email email@example.com or call 5459 4529.
TOPICS: EDUCATION, LANGUAGE, UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST
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