Why foreign languages are important
Not only multinational corporations attach great importance to the language competence of their employees - today, contact with foreign customers, partners and employees is commonplace even in medium-sized companies. Some Company Expect candidates to even prove their foreign language skills by presenting an internationally recognized exam.
Take French for example: There are 200 millions worldwide, including 115 millions of native speakers. In Europe, 55 millions of people speak the most melodic of all world languages, making them one of the most important working and official languages of the European Union. Outside Europe, French is particularly prevalent in Canada and in several states of West Africa.
Language Travel - the Ideal Language Learning Option?
But what if the language skills are rusty or do not exist at all? Language trips, which can even be recognized as educational leave, are a great way to change that, provided you observe certain conditions.
Für die Stiftung Warentest "Language Travel is the best way to immerse yourself in a language and get to know the country and its people." The problem, however, is that language travel is often not cheap. Fortunately, there are a number of funding options.
Funding and financing options
On the one hand, you can have a language holiday recognized as an educational leave and deduct from the tax. It is also possible in some states to get a schooling check and only pay half the price. For educational leave and education check, the distance education measures must be recognized in the respective federal state. You can find more information here.
The EU also offers various programs for longer-term stays abroad. A not very current overview with many further links also offers the Stiftung Warentest, Further information can also be provided by organizers such as the Contact.
What are the advantages of language learning outside of school?
The French is a good example of the advantages: the language was difficult at school, and many people only think of it with horror, so that the knowledge is strongly scared. Here, a language course in France can be offered to learn the language of our western neighbors, to bring existing knowledge to the forefront, or to prepare for a language examination.
Because unlike dry school lessons at home, a language tourist can test and practice the new vocabulary and grammatical forms in Paris, Nice, Montpellier or Lyon immediately - for example during a visit to the Eiffel Tower, while relaxing on the Mediterranean beach, during a visit to the Languedoc wine region or while strolling through the picturesque old town. Because the new language skills in the memory combine with pleasant holiday experiences, they can later - after returning to the office - easily retrieve.
Learn languages for business
For example, while an internship in a company largely leaves it to chance, which language skills "hang on", you can choose the course that best suits your own previous knowledge and learning objectives at a language school: while teaching general-purpose language courses for everyday use Business courses focus on the use of language in typical work situations - among others
- writing of written correspondence
- attending meetings
- holding presentations
- participation in - not unimportant - small talk
Business language courses abroad, which also says the Stiftung Warentest, An interesting additional benefit: "If the participant is considering working in the respective region later, he can get information about the labor market situation and job opportunities right there."
Checklist: Find the best language course offer
But even for the future career at home, a language course stay is certainly not a disadvantage when certain conditions are met. For example, the type and scope of the services (group size, costs, duration, number of hours, etc.) should be described in detail in the contract.
The Action education information gives the following advice, which can be ordered under the menu item lists and leaflets for 5 Euro.
- Not the first offer, but for several trips compare price and performance.
- Think carefully about the reasons for attending a language course. If you want to combine it with your holiday, 15 will reach 20 lessons per week. Otherwise, 30 hours with a maximum of eight participants in the group are better.
- Pay attention to the right level of speech: The group's success depends on the language level.
- Completion of a grading test: Only a thorough written and oral assessment test on site brings success.
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