Foreign language study boosts career opportunities by providing a competitive edge over others without language capability.
In a survey of 581 alumni of The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona, most respondents said they had gained a competitive advantage from their knowledge of foreign languages and other cultures. They said that not only was language study often a critical factor in hiring decisions and in enhancing their career paths, it also provided personal fulfillment, mental discipline and cultural enlightenment .
Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity Awareness: enabling news patterns
Today there is also a general growing consciousness about opening up to foreign languages and cultures, about accepting and nurturing cultural diversity. It is by being exposed to different people that one becomes more aware of cultural differences, get to appreciate them and develop tolerance towards others.
Our societies are becoming more globalized, promoting cross-cultural contacts and multiculturalism. Information technologies have made the world smaller, enabling news patterns of communication in ways which have implications for language learning. Economic and social relations have been transformed to such extents that cultural and economic barriers have been minimized.
By exposing people to new cultures and new horizons, foreign languages open up people’s mind and overall perspective over the world. As people want to participate more in a “world culture”, foreign languages will become more and more important.
Our adult clients are usually taking a private lesson for a specific reason: to travel, move abroad or communicate with loved ones.
Our teachers customize a learning program fitted to our clients’ specific purpose. They provide materials designed to present structures and vocabulary that is of immediate use in appropriate contexts.
They focus for instance upon conversational vocabulary and phrases with students who are planning a trip to France to help them feel comfortable in day-to-day situations. With professionals moving to a francophone country, they emphasize conversation and vocabulary necessary in a work environment.