Immersive Learning: Using Virtual Reality to Learn Another Language

You might have noticed that children from multilingual families learn two or more languages quickly. That's because they are regularly exposed to immersive learning and learn the language in many forms.

You might have noticed that children from multilingual families learn two or more languages quickly. That’s because they are regularly exposed to immersive learning and learn the language in many forms. Their parents speak with them, read stories, and create a conducive environment for learning languages. It allows them to pick up the language quickly because they’re experiencing it in a natural setting.

How Does Modern Virtual Reality Technology Help?

Virtual reality (VR) offers an immersive experience. It encompasses your entire field of vision and hearing, so your senses are being bombarded with input. Virtual reality intensifies the experience, which is why it has become such a popular option in the gaming industry. VR is also used in education, especially in the medical field. Doctors are experimenting with VR to help students see and interact with different aspects of the patient’s body. 

There’s no reason why this technology can’t be used to teach languages. VR makes retention easier and shortens the time it takes to learn new things.

The Benefits of VR Technology for Language Learning 

There are several benefits of using VR technology for learning a new language. Here’s a look at some of them in detail:

  • Easy to Create a Learning Environment – You can easily create an immersive learning environment with native speakers and people who have mastered the language. 
  • Accessible – The system is easily accessible, and users can utilize it at their convenience. You can get into the VR system while you’re at home or office. There’s no need to travel to a class venue or meeting place to get in touch with native speakers. 
  • No Need to Travel – There’s no need to travel to the country to experience the language. For example, you don’t need to spend some time in France to have an immersive French learning experience. This saves time, money, and helps you speak like a native. 

VR technology makes language learning easy and fun. Learners are motivated to stay on the path and complete the entire course. 

VR Language Learning Platform

We used Vircadia, an open-source VR platform that allows people to build and explore VR worlds, to build a virtual version of our Language Garden meetups. Learn more about Vircadia here: https://vircadia.com/

If you’re interested in learning languages in a fun and informal way, VR is the best option – best of all, you get to meet and socialize with other language learners, right in the comforts of your own home!

LanG.
The Language Garden is for anyone who loves learning foreign languages. We get together every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00pm-9:00pm to practice speaking various languages.