Being proficient in a foreign language can open up a new world of opportunities in the professional world, especially in the field of communications, technology, tourism, and international business.
Future skills needs reports in Ireland in recent years have shown that we have and will have a serious shortage of workers and graduates with a second language or third language. These reports highlight an essential need to improve foreign languages skills to meet workforce and economic demands. Foreign language capability and cultural awareness are essential, especially for exporting companies.
Learning a Language Online
Research shows and proves that the most effective way to learn a new language is the way we learned English; we listened and then practised what we heard. Distance learning providers use this same technique, whilst keeping in mind ways that the learner can progress with ease, at their own pace, as an independent distant learner. Using this methodology, distance learning language courses will help you to acquire effective skills in languages for work, travel and for your own enjoyment.
Avanti Language School is a high quality language based in Kildare but offering online language courses. Students’ satisfaction rate is very high and many students go on to further courses with the institute on completion of their first. Courses include;
- Online Spanish course
- Online German Course
- Online Italian Course
- Online French Course
- Online Japanese Course
NUI Galway offer an Italian Online Diploma for beginner and intermediate levels. This diploma course is based on a collaborative, communicative approach and students are encouraged to participate in virtual class activities with their peers and e-tutor. Two on campus sessions per year are also included.
Kilroy’s College offer online French and Spanish courses for beginners. Their Irish Leaving Certificate course is ideal for anyone needing Honours Irish, e.g. anyone wishing to qualify as a primary teacher.
The International Career Institute’s language courses are a great starting point and offer introductory lessons in a range of European, Asian and Middle Eastern languages.
Distance learning language courses provide that necessary language skill foundation from which you can progress further in proficiency – should you wish to do so. Learning a foreign language takes time, perseverance and dedication. Some reasons for learning a new language will be practical, some aspirational, some intellectual and others sentimental, but whatever your reasons, having a clear idea of why you’re learning a language can help to motivate you in your studies, and keep you on track. They say ‘you live a new life for every new language you speak’; a good mantra to keep in mind as you progress through your language course.