This section looks at why students should consider continuing their language studies beyond school.
"Language competence is far more than just another tool in the box; it is a prerequisite and a facilitator for the development of a wide spectrum of other skills and attributes."
(British Council, 2017)
Read about successful people in the business and sporting worlds and find out why they consider that learning a language is really important.
SCILT has pulled together the most recent research supporting language skills in Business.
Taken from Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism (Telegraph, 19 June 2013)
Research suggests that age shouldn’t put you off learning a new language. Bilingualism Matters at Edinburgh University recently conducted research that suggests learning a second language can bring cognitive benefits in later life – even when that second language is acquired in adulthood (Speaking two languages may slow brain aging).
Further research highlights the possible cognitive benefits of speaking more than one language, including delayed onset of dementia symptoms and slower cognitive decline in older adults. These new findings suggest that you don’t have to speak a second language from a very young age in order to reap the benefits (Late language learners show improved mental agility).
Am I too old to learn a new language? (Guardian, 13 September 2015)
Are children really better at foreign language learning? (Telegraph, 18 September 2013)
Information booklet provided by Routes into Languages Cymru.
The different strands of the AHRC funded Multilingualism:
Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) project have uncovered a
range of meaningful ways in which learning a language or speaking a home
language can change your life for the better. They have put them together in a
free booklet, available to view online or printed copy.
There is so much to gain from becoming multilingual,
whatever your age or background. Take a look inside and get inspired to start
your language journey!
Listen to an audio presentation from students who have studied Spanish alongside other subjects as part of their degree courses via the link above.
Are modern language degrees becoming obsolete? Absolutely not, say the four modern languages students interviewed for Times Higher Education (THE) in February 2017. Click on the link above to read about their experiences.
University of East Anglia has made some videos about studying languages at university available on YouTube.