Role of language in the workplace speaks volumes
THE power of language to open career doors was spelt out loud and clear to a group of Torbay pupils.
More than 80 students from eight schools took part in the fifth Making Languages Our Business event seeing first hand how languages can be used in the workplace.
The students were from Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Torquay Girls' Grammar School Girls, Brixham College, St Cuthbert Mayne, Westlands School, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Dartmouth College and King Edward VI College.
Marisol Foster head of languages at Torquay Boys' Grammar said the sessions gave them an excellent insight into how companies such as Centrax Gas Turbine of Newton Abbot and Natwest use languages.
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The students also took part in a translation activity, a hospital simulation in which they had to interpret between the doctor and a foreign patient, and a cross-cultural session which made them aware of how important it is for businesses to know about the cultural aspects of the country they want to do business with to help secure a business deal.
In the afternoon students attended an Arabic session in a lecture theatre which gave them the opportunity to experience a lesson at university.
Mrs Foster said: "Events such as this are organised to ensure that young people continue with their language studies as this will open many doors to them in their future careers."