Welcome to the Languages Department
It goes without saying that learning another language in this modern world is fast becoming an essential skill. This is not just because of increased travel, but it is also more than likely that during your working life, you will deal with colleagues and others from abroad yourself. Developing your language skills also helps you to gain confidence in communicating with others and become more aware of other cultures. It also shows some serious and sought after personal qualities such as openness of mind, risk taking, perseverance, listening skills, good memory, social skills along with many others.
A whole new world…
In every environment, speaking languages gives you access to a whole new world; music, the internet, cultural history, films, new places and people you would otherwise never have met. This applies in the workplace as much as anywhere else.
Show me the money…
According to recruitment agencies, your salary, if you use languages at work can be increased by anything from 8% to 20%, depending upon how important languages are to the role. There is room for all levels and abilities, and opportunities from the switchboard to the board room!
We believe that developing these vital communication skills is necessary for preparing you for your role as a Global Citizen.
Did You Know?
94% of the world’s population does not speak English as their mother tongue.
75% of the world’s population does not speak English at all.
72% of UK international trade is with non-English speaking countries
French is spoken by more than 77 million people as a mother tongue, and by over 128 million including second language speakers. It is an official administrative language in various communities and organisations (such as the European Union, the IOC and the United Nations) French is also an official language in many parts of Africa, as well as Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
German is the language with the most native speakers in the European Union. It is primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, the major part of Switzerland, Luxembourg, the East Cantons of Belgium, parts of Romania, Alsace and Lorraine in France. Additionally, several former colonial possessions of these countries such as Namibia, have sizeable German speaking populations, and there are German-speaking minorities in several eastern European countries including Russia, Hungary and Slovenia.
It is predicted that there will be 530 million Spanish speakers by 2050. Spanish has roughly the same number of first language speakers as English. Although, on average, 16.5 million British tourists visit Spain each year, the top five Spanish-speaking nations are Mexico (100 million), Columbia (45 million), Spain (44 million), Argentina (39 million) and the USA (38 million). Spanish is predicted to become the first language of Florida in the next 10 years!
Be a citizen of the world and open your mind to other languages and cultures!
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Our world is changing. It is becoming increasingly easy to connect with people from all over the world. Via the Internet, a small business run from someone’s home in Birmingham can now attract customers from every continent. Which is great … IF you are able to communicate with those customers. Learning another language is beneficial for numerous reasons, including:
- Improving communication skills
- Developing problem-solving, logical and lateral thinking
- Deepens understanding of your native language
- Increases empathy and cultural understanding
- Creates curiosity about the world
- Makes travel easier
- Gives you a competitive edge and improves employability
- Enhances your memory and helps to prevent dementia
- Increases creativity
- Opens the door to art, music, dance, fashion and film but don’t just take our word for it: