Beyond School

The 'Beyond School' section of the SCILT website covers language learning options available post-secondary education.

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)

Employability

Read about successful people in the business and sporting worlds and find out why they consider that learning a language is really important.

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SCILT has pulled together the most recent research supporting language skills in Business.

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Other benefits

Learning other languages has cognitive benefits for learners of all ages.

  • You become smarter
  • You build multitasking skills
  • You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Your memory improves
  • You become more perceptive
  • Your decision-making skills improve
  • You improve your English

Taken from Speaking your mind: Links between languages and other skills (ALL website) 

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).

Read more:

'The cognitive benefits of learning a language' in two minutes (The British Academy, 29 May 2019)

You're never too old to become fluent in a foreign language (The Conversation, 10 May 2018)

Learning a language can provide a focus to help with mental health and well-being.

Finding a hobby to immerse ourselves in when times are tough can be really helpful. 

How learning languages helped my mental health (Young Minds, 2019). In this article, Wil, 15, explains how learning languages helped her when she was struggling

Learning a language helps me talk back to the voice of depression (The Guardian, 2015). A reader shares how languages helped them connect with the things they used to care about.

Useful websites

Why it is so important for students to study languages at all levels. A list of articles and useful links from the Association for Language Learning (ALL).

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Information booklet provided by Routes into Languages Cymru.

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Written by undergraduates to provide straightforward and relevant information about studying languages, linguistics and cultural studies at university.

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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!

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Spanish at university

Listen to an audio presentation from students who have studied Spanish alongside other subjects as part of their degree courses via the link above. 

What's it like to study a modern languages degree?

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.

Study languages at university

University of East Anglia has made some videos about studying languages at university available on YouTube.

Q&A with the tutors

Hear two tutors from the Modern Languages department at Oxford University answer frequently asked questions about different courses on offer and the application process, along with information about the year abroad and what kind of jobs your language degree with set you up for.

Branching out: Picking up a language from scratch

One of the wonderful things about studying languages at university is that you quite often have the opportunity to pick up a new language from scratch. In this video, Julie Curtis, Professor of Russian at Oxford, tells us a bit more about why that could be an exciting option.

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