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Modern language tendencies: to learn or not to learn English


Technical English, spoken, business, advanced or at least upper-intermediate – you can surprise nobody with such requirements in the vacancy description.

Companies often set up language claims even when a position doesn’t provide for English speaking contacts or usage of international sources.

The day is at hand, when it is indecently to ask a candidate if he knows English. It will be equal to the question if he knows how to use a computer. But many candidates ask themselves an eternal question “to be or not to be”, and not everyone knows how this expression sounds in source language.

It is an epoch of globalization nowadays, the world’s business language has become English, and although the specialists with the knowledge of English are more needed in big cities, it is logical to concede that sooner or later it will come to any backwoods, as the Internet did. This is how candidates think, who consider English to be indispensable attribute of a successful specialist.

But another part of people is convinced that not everyone needs English and not always, the demands of employers in this respect are often steep and the professionals in many fields can stay competitive for years even without knowledge of English.

The professionals of the first group have already made certain steps in the direction of their own learning the basics or have intention to make it in the nearest future. The specialists of another group don’t hurry to make concrete actions; they are undecided or have already made a decision to leave everything as it is.

However, there’s no wise candidate who wouldn’t but admit that knowledge of a foreign language is a considerable advantage anyway, and even if it doesn’t give you additional bonuses at a certain workplace, then it may be useful in future.

But what a bad luck – 3- or 6-month course to get fundamental knowledge is not enough even for such an easy language as English. Good proficiency in a language needs much time and finances (if you, of course, don’t have such strong motivation, that you are able to study language by yourself).

Candidates don’t want to spend time in vain; they want to know if the language is really needed in work and placement, or if it is possible to manage without it. Without a foreign language you are nothing – this is a spread opinion among HR managers of big companies and recruitment agencies.

The first argument to knowledge of language/ its study is that one cannot count upon a good position without knowledge of English, as the demands of companies become steeper year after year.

“The bigger a company and the higher a position, the more often you can see in the requirements to an employee “the knowledge of a foreign language is obligatory” – Julia Gubanova says, a manager of staff relations department in the BBK Electronics Corp., LTD office. Besides, although a specialist’s cost on the market doesn’t grow up, the knowledge of English increases candidate’s chances on job placement, as it opens a wider range of vacancies for him.

“The fact that most of descriptions of today’s vacancies include obligatory requirements “the knowledge of English – at least upper-intermediate” is unquestionable. If the knowledge of English isn’t a pass to a company today, but at least it is a right of access to participation in “competitive selection”.