Language Centre

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The Value of Languages

Languages add to your skills profile no matter what field you are specialising in, widening your career horizons and helping you to stand out in a competitive global market.

‘English is the international language of business and communication.'

It is true that English is often used as the main language of communication in cross-cultural collaboration and business transactions. However, collaborating, negotiating and trading successfully depends on more than being understood. It requires the capacity to establish a relationship of trust and a sense of mutual understanding.

Teams also work together more smoothly if they have some understanding of different approaches to work and relationships. 

Learning a language will help you gain insight into the social, political, economic and artistic cultures of our neighbours and collaborators in the UK, in Europe and in the wider world.

A good grounding in at least one modern foreign language will provide you with invaluable transferable skills for the job market – giving you not just fluency in a foreign language but also confidence, independence, flexibility and adaptability.

Graduates who have international experience are highly employable because they can demonstrate that they have drive, resilience and intercultural sensitivities, as well as language skills.