CHITRA DEEPA A.
In this age of job opportunities transcending the geographical and language barriers, there is a growing demand for those with proficiency in foreign languages.
The world is shrinking beyond one's imagination, thanks mainly to the Internet. Rapid advancements are taking place in technology and the concept of global citizen is emerging. In such a scenario, learning a foreign language is not just an advantage; it provides an edge to those who want to grow in their respective field or career. Besides the frequent travellers and those in the IT industry and those who travel frequently, there are many fields that require linguists conversant in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. The scope is great for language specialists in areas such as hotel management, tourism, and aviation. Teaching and translation, transcription, interpretation, are other areas provide scope for foreign language experts. The demand for language experts is there in the BPO industry and call centres also. Thus multi-lingual skill is surely the passport to the world of opportunities. At The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2006, P. Seralathan, coordinator, Language Department, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai, spoke on the advantages of learning a foreign language. He said the main advantage was the difference you makes in the job market by learning a language other than English. Integrative and instrumental orientation is the motivating factor in this process of learning of a foreign language, he said. If students learn a language, they should gain proficiency and should be able to converse in that language. Only then will they be recruited for their language skills. "For Indians learning a foreign language is not a difficult task, for most of us are proficient in English and a native Indian language. We are linguistically capable," he said. Language skill really matters. So, foreign language learning may no longer be just a hobby but provides a viable livelihood option too. Here is a list of institutes that teaches foreign languages in Chennai. JapaneseIndo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chennaiwww.ijcci.com (Phone: 24352010/4779) FrenchAlliance Francaise of Indiawww.afindia.org or www.clickonfrench.com (Phone: College Road: 28279803, Adyar: 42187336) Spanish and ItalianIndo-Italian Chamber of Commercewww.indiaitaly.com (Phone: 28242399/2397) GermanMax Mueller Bhavanwww.Goethe.de (Phone: 28331314/1644) Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, JapaneseInaWord Centre for languageswww.inaworldlanguages.com (Phone: 24455077/)