Professional English becoming more popular across language stays
On the occasion of the European Day of Languages taking place on Wednesday, Holingo.com focuses on English. Language study programs offer the opportunity to learn or improve in the language of Shakespeare. Today, the professional world demands a common practice.
THE WORLD'S THIRD MOST POPULAR LANGUAGE
The European Day of Languages set up by the Council of Europe is taking place this Wednesday. September 26th of each year is an opportunity to educate the inhabitants of the Old Continent to learn languages and their cultural wealth. The place of English in the world is not redone. It has become a key language in every corner of the globe. More than 360 million people speak it as mother tongue behind Mandarin (nearly 1 billion) and Spanish (more than 400 million). But, English can be reassured by being the most influential language. Indeed, it is the official language in almost 67 countries like Malta, New Zealand or South Africa. The English-speaking countries come mainly from the former British Empire of the nineteenth century, now united in the international organization of the Commonwealth.
The language of Shakespeare is used in the business, political and diplomatic circles. The number of people practicing English on the planet estimated at one billion. France is one of the countries where English holds a prominent place. Indeed, the language is learned from kindergarten as the first living language (LV1) in front of Spanish, German, Italian or regional dialects. The interests of learning English are multiple. Of course, being fluent in English makes it easy to track a series on Netflix without the need for subtitles! From a professional point of view, the acquisition of English increases one's chances of finding a job (see below). The ease of learning - compared to a more complex Mandarin - makes English the most popular language.
11% OF JOB OFFERS REQUIRE A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
In the workplace, English is increasingly demanded by recruiters and entrepreneurs. Language has even become a prerequisite in some companies. The areas that require a common practice of English are not just interpretation, international trade or translation. Being bilingual is often mandatory in the practice of tour guide, flight attendant or receptionist. Globalization and tourism have led to a growing demand for the practice of English on French territory. According to the national recruitment agency Pôle Emploi, the mastery of at least one foreign language is required in 11% of job offers. In all, almost 22 languages are mentioned in the advertisements from Pôle emploi or the Association for the Employment of Executives (APEC). Among the many foreign languages, English comes in pole position, ahead of German, Spanish and Italian.
LEARN PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH ON A LANGUAGE STAY
It is customary to say that learning English on the benches of French schools is not great. This recurrent prejudice regularly points to the learning methods of the National Education. Lack of oral practice and regularity are frequent shortcomings for French students and students. To compensate for this deficit, specialized agencies offer to learn English on a language course. These programs do not have an age limit, as some schools host young people in primary school. For example, it is open to employees, managers or jobseekers who want to review their English in order to increase their employability. In language schools around the world, English can be learned with a professional aspect. The idea is obviously to use this language wisely in his field of training.
International language schools offer "Business English" courses specially dedicated to the workplace. The courses cover professional correspondence, negotiations or exchanges at work. Sectors such as management or commerce can be approached. In many institutions, the teacher can adapt according to the preferred field of study or practice of the candidate. More expensive than standard or intensive courses, vocational courses are specifically for candidates who already have an intermediate level (equivalent to B1 or B2).
COMPLETE THE BEST CERTIFIED TESTS
Language schools also offer language tests that are recognized and certified around the world. A student regularly hears about the fifteen Cambridge tests and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Otherwise called the TOEFL, this assessment analyzes the skills of a student on the theme of student life. It is mainly spent by young candidates to stay abroad, whether for an internship abroad, a summer job or an au pair trip.
As a neighbour of the TOEFL, the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is prized by professionals wishing to enhance their curriculum vitae. The TOEIC also makes it possible to start an international career. When hiring in an English-speaking country, there is a good chance that the recruiter will ask for the level of professional English held by the applicant. The TOEIC is therefore the best way to increase your chances of finding a job internationally. Other tests certifying a level of professional English exist:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
The Certificate of Advanced English (CAE);
The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
The last two tests (CAE and CPE) were designed by the prestigious Cambridge School. The reputation of the university town with a large number of historic buildings is international.