Languages form part of the extra-curricular programme of activities offered by the Plymouth Business School. If you are interested in enhancing your linguistic proficiency, you can enrol on one of the two pathways below:
Why study a language?
Employability: Employers recognise the importance of linguistic proficiency. According to the Confederation of British Industry, two-thirds of firms value foreign language skills among their employees. Whilst they do not necessarily demand native-level proficiency, they do want employees to be capable of building positive relationships and demonstrating the cultural awareness that comes with studying a language.
Skills enhancement: Language learning is a sociable activity that boosts self-confidence, fosters interactivity, enhances communication skills and introduces you to a new range of fellow learners.
Intercultural competence: Languages operate within a cultural context and as such, provide a gateway into other societies’ traditions, values and norms. An understanding of cultural diversity is highly desirable in the post-Brexit global marketplace.
Languages are vital for effective trade, diplomacy and soft power, for social cohesion, social mobility, and educational attainment, all of which will be essential to the UK’s future success.
The Guardian, 09.01.2020