Five Reasons to study a Beginner Language

Are you thinking about starting a new language from scratch at university but unsure about what to expect? Watch our short film to hear students Zara, Will, Sarina, Roberta and Finn tell you five reasons why they chose a beginner language, and why you should too!

Read on to discover five reasons why picking up a new language at university is a fantastic opportunity.

1. Fun

Make the most out of university by picking up a new language you have not had the chance to learn previously. Our small and supportive classes blend language and culture simultaneously –  through music, film, digital projects and drama.

You can check out your chosen beginner language curriculum by downloading a personalised prospectus from our MyChoices app. As the lessons are fun, you will find that you pick the language up a lot quicker than you first imagined.

2. Great for employability

Your knowledge of another language could be the deciding factor that you gets you a job instead of someone else. You're not just growing personally and academically by picking up a beginner language, you're also investing in your future.

The increase in globalisation means that knowing multiple languages can make you a very attractive candidate for a plethora of jobs.

3. Discover somewhere new

For lovers of travel, discovering a new culture first-hand definitely makes picking up a beginner language worth it! If you study Modern Languages at Birmingham, the number of destinations you go to on your Year Abroad reflects how many languages you study – so why not add a brand new destination to your Year Abroad mix?

4. Enjoy the challenge

We do not expect you to have had any contact with your beginner language before you arrive at university. However, you may find some language-learning apps useful when deciding on a beginner language in the first instance.

At first, you might find that some of your classmates have a bit more experience in your beginner language, like a GCSE. However, do not be discouraged, as this difference does even itself out after a few weeks. You will start to notice a difference in your ability very quickly, as you will be working in an exciting, fast-paced environment. Enjoy the challenge - but if it becomes too much of a challenge, remember you can always drop your beginner language if you find it is not for you.

5. Good for your health

Learning a language improves memory and reduces the effects of brain aging. The more languages you regularly use, the better you will be at skills such as problem solving and multitasking –  important not just at university but for the rest of your life. Learning a new language will improve your cognitive ability, so when better to start than at university?