||Overview of Languages
Language courses are useful to be able to communicate with friends, business acquaintances or in a new country, whether travelling or migrating. Most language courses are short term courses associated with levels given in language schools.
There are also more specific linguistics courses offered at universities. With the current global nature of business, knowing more than one language is a very useful skill that will make you a more attractive employment candidate.
Language courses are usually divided into terms corresponding to levels. There are language schools teaching many different languages, at beginner, intermediate, advanced and many levels in between.
Each level is spread out over eight to twelve weeks of language lessons, focusing mostly on speaking skills, but also writing and reading. These short courses are popular with those who want to learn French, Spanish or Japanese, among many other languages, in their spare time.
There are also more specialised language courses, such as the Master of Applied Linguistics, which focuses more on the analysis of language policy. This course takes two years and places emphasis on language issues, such as bilingualism, learning language, and language differences in certain professions.
Careers in Languages
Most people learn a language for personal purposes. However, there are many advantages to taking language courses, such as wider employment and career development opportunities in your own home country, as well as in other countries.
Skills needed in Languages
If you want to learn a new language, you will need a genuine interest in the culture of the language you are learning. Strong reading and writing skills in your own language will also be beneficial when learning another.