A group of ten S3 pupils attended a ‘Business Brunch’ at the Kingsmills Hotel recently. The theme of the event was the importance of learning languages. We had the opportunity to chat with representatives from a variety of companies and organisations. The speakers were very enthusiastic and focused on their personal ‘journeys’, highlighting how they have used foreign languages in their careers. They emphasised how languages can be both the key to success as well as empowering in life generally. One speaker described how in business you are less likely to ‘have the wool pulled over your eyes’ if you at least understand the language of the people with whom you are negotiating. Another mentioned how you gain respect by trying to speak the language of the locals when abroad. Perhaps the most amusing anecdote was an hotel manager and keen football fan who had given up studying Russian at school and has just missed out on the perfect job at a hotel in Moscow which is opening just before the World Cup starts!
Modern Languages Department