Become a foreign language expert

  • Raghav Malhotra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 18:25 IST
Foreign language experts must ensure that every student speaks the language outside the classroom too for better practice. (Shutterstock)

Learning another language is all about learning different words for everyday things. A foreign language teacher needs to be familiar with various modes of teaching, methodologies and tools to get the student interested in the language.

Trainers for languages, like Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, German and Spanish are high in demand. Experts can work as translators in MNCs or an embassy, take personal tuitions, and work as teachers in a school or college.

A foreign language expert can teach at the British Council, the Cervantes Institute, the Alliance francaise, the Italian Cultural Centre, the Japan Foundation, the Korean Cultural Center, etc. Every good foreign language learner can become a prospective trainer too.“The biggest challenge while learning a foreign language is the intercultural difference. The students tend to do a word- to- word translation instead of translating the context. The yardsticks valid for one culture or language cannot be applied to the other one,” says Shatabdi Ghosh Laskar, head of language courses, Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan.

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The gratification that comes from watching the first steps students take in an unknown path of learning a foreign language. Seeing them reach the goals they have set for themselves is the best thing, says Juan Francisco Robisco, academic head, Instituto Cervantes.

To become a good trainer, “interact more with teachers, don’t be shy of asking questions. Get into group discussions. Expand your vocabulary and embrace mistakes,” says Maria Jose, a foreign language expert at Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi. Watching movies helps too.

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