Modern Foreign Languages
“I’d love to speak another language, but…”
Why learn another language?
Here are a few of the best reasons. Speaking a second language will…
1 .Open Up a World of Job Opportunities
Learning a second language opens up a tonne of career opportunities.
Even in small, local companies, chances are that the ability to speak a second language will set you apart from other applicants.
2. Give Your Brain a Boost
Speaking a second language each day really can keep the doctor away! Study after study has demonstrated the cognitive benefits of learning another language, no matter how old you are. Memory improvement, longer attention span, and a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline, are just a few of the known positive effects of speaking two or more languages.
3. Establish Deep Connections and Cross-Cultural Friendships
I’d bet that at least once in your life, you’ve felt a pang of regret during an encounter with someone from a different culture, when you realised how the experience could be enriched by knowing that person’s language.
Ok, so you can’t learn every language in the world and have an intimate knowledge of every single culture out there. But if there’s even one culture that you’d like to understand better, or even one person in your life you’d like to know better, then one of the best ways you can start is by learning to speak their language.
4. Become More Interesting and Meet More Interesting People
If your first language is English, the second most common language in the world, and yet you’ve made the effort to learn another language rather than expecting the world to accommodate your monolingualism, then you’re a rare breed indeed. This makes you interesting. People will approach you. They’ll want to talk to you. They’ll want to know what motivated you to “bother” learning another language.
Believe me, if you’re a native English speaker who speaks two or more languages, you’ll have many more lively, engaging conversations about a variety of topics than you ever would have had otherwise.Sure, you could spend your life getting by in English everywhere you go, but that’s boring.
Be fun! Be interesting! Be multilingual!
5. Stay Smart in Tourist Areas
There’s always a danger of obvious tourists being targets, or getting hassled by touts, which can ruin your experience of a place where people are actually warm and genuine. The “obvious tourist” tends to be whoever is speaking English, or some other distant tongue. But everything changes when you use the local language.
6. Become a Better Learner
As you spend time learning your first foreign language, you’ll identify your own inefficiencies and eliminate them. You’ll start gaining momentum in your chosen language and learn more quickly. Then you’ll be able to hit the ground running with the next language.
7. Discover You Can Do It!
Whatever doubts you have, you really can learn another language. You could even hold your first conversation just seven days from now. Once you’ve held your very first conversation in a foreign language, you’ll never look back.
English Club for Students
English Club has been taking place for several weeks now, with students rapidly improving week by week! Students have been learning about jobs, TV programmes and other exciting topics, which they loved! After half term, they will continue learning about life in England, British culture, and other topics that will help them understand what life is like in England.
English Club for Parents
English Club for parents will begin on Thursday 15th November, so that parents can integrate fully into the community, and enjoy the rich and diverse culture of Oldham to its full potential. They will learn about British culture and the everyday language needed to fully interact with others. If you or members of your family are interested in joining our club, please let reception or Miss Holmes know as soon as possible.