Why Learning Foreign Languages?
As the world becomes increasingly connected, knowing how to speak two or more languages is a skill that’s in growing demand no matter where you live or work. It’s amazing how far an additional language can get you, especially nowadays when global relationships are often a necessity for businesses and organizations to thrive. Foreign Languages Faculty at TNPU is a leader in foreign language education and research and boasts some of the best departments. The school is also home to other pretty amazing language-learning resources, including the Language Laboratory, which offers unique opportunities for research, cultural outreach, and language building.
What Does a FLF Cover?
A foreign language degree is not just about learning a new language – though of course attaining a high level of fluency is one of our goals. Many programs will require students to study courses which develop their understanding of cultures relating to the country (or countries) in which the language of study is spoken. This learning often requires the study of literary texts, film and media, as well as learning about the historical contexts of a certain region. Professionally focused courses may also be available, covering topics such as translation, literature, country and communication studies.
Resources and Services
Students have access to numerous resources when learning a language, both online and off. Through the university electronic system MOODLE, it is easy to download or use reading and video materials, audio files for language learning and the system contains teaching and learning resources as well as university professors’ lecture readings.
University Students’ Life
One of the coolest aspects of foreign language learning at TNPU is enjoying time with peers. The university hosts a number of foreign language fairs, events and field trips including a yearly language festival where students can both learn and perform on the stage. Theatrical performances, musicals and thematic celebrations are an inseparable part of university curriculum.
A special thing the university boasts is a chance for students to cooperate with international organizations and programs that support tutoring with native speakers, internships in other countries and travelling abroad. Among the organizations TNPU collaborates with are Peace Corps, British Council, AIESEC, Erasmus, etc. There is a unique chance for our students to also get a degree with Polish Higher Education Schools.
Common Skills Gained
- The ability to communicate in a foreign language both verbally and in writing;
- Professional communication, both spoken and written;
- Sensitivity to different cultural contexts;
- The ability to work independently and develop leadership skills;
- General research skills, including use of academic literature.
A language degree opens up opportunities in a wide range of potential employment sectors, including commerce and social services. Other routes include working in the diplomatic or civil service, translating and interpreting. Language graduates are also highly valued in research jobs or development work within international organizations.
Education is a much more varied sector than many think. Career opportunities for modern language graduates are not only within secondary and higher education, but also in adult and lifelong learning, cultural and heritage education, private education and special needs education. These roles require great communication and leadership skills, and often provide a chance for personal and professional advancement.