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Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

The more varied and the more developed one’s skills, the broader one’s job options. Knowledge of a foreign language is an important aspect of the basis preparation for a wide variety of careers. The student who misses an opportunity to learn a foreign language is, in short, closing doors to himself and limiting his career opportunities.

Children should start learning a foreign language in kindergarten and continue through high school. Many high schools are offering such courses as Commercial Spanish, French or Scientific German. Career-related foreign language courses are offered more and more in high schools across the country, providing a taste of many career opportunities for the language student. Learning languages also increases listening ability, memory, creativity and critical thinking. Starting early can translate into an advantage in the workforce, too. Employers are looking increasingly for people, who can speak languages at a sophisticated level. This is not limited to the corporate world.

The college language course may also provide an effective career preparation, especially since college students are specialising in one field and can relate to very specific career needs. Many two-year colleges and a growing number of four-year colleges and universities have introduced interesting career-related courses into their language curricula, some of which can count toward a major in foreign languages. In other cases a double major or minor in foreign languages can be useful in terms of career goals. Combining a minor in Spanish or French with a major in journalism, medicine, business administration or sociology would be a good preparation for many of the job areas in a “non-language” career. But a language major can be useful too, even in a “non-language” career. Employers from almost every area of the business world say that they would accept or even prefer sometimes a language major, subject to the condition that the candidate has also demonstrated an aptitude for the more technical aspects of the work he would be expected to do.

An education in foreign languages is not just learning the grammar and vocabulary or the background for very specialized jobs, but a crucial advantage for a many careers and also facilitating career changes.

Other, less tangible values of language study are well known to students, teachers, and others who enjoy words and appreciate the special insight that study of words, word origins, and linguistic features gives them. Language study is fun and useful as it makes you familiar with the mentality of a foreign country and as it gives you an insight into the nature of the language itself as well as it enables you to communicate with people from different cultural background. Language also allows you to enjoy literature, music, movies of a foreign country more. In addition it helps experiencing a country differently when you travel there. Also the social interaction is then possible with people who don’t speak English. By combining career aspirations with the humanizing and broadening effects of the study of foreign language and culture, one can make a sound investment in a stimulating and rewarding future.

More information about language schools: Abroad Languages
Language Courses Abroad

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