Study Languages at WIT

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Study Languages at WIT

Five reasons to study Languages at WIT!

 

1. Choice of programmes offering a language

2. Experienced staff

3. Study abroad

4. Excellent career opportunities

5. Personal benefits from learning a language

 

At WIT we offer the opportunity to study French, Gaeilge, German, Italian or Spanish at a variety of different levels across a broad range of our programmes. 

Studying a language opens a world of opportunities that greatly enhances your skill-set and in an increasingly interconnected world, speaking a second language will make you highly employable in the jobs market.  

 

  

Some of the Benefits of Learning Languages

  • Language learning increases your cognitive skills

  • Language learning improves your communication and interpersonal skills

  • Language learning increases your intercultural skills

  • Language learning improves your decision making skills

  • Bilingual people focus better on tasks, they display increased concentration and are more skilful at focusing on relevant information

  • Learning a foreign language makes you more creative

  • Travelling around the world becomes easier when you speak more than one language  

  • Your metalinguistic awareness increases when learning another language and it becomes easier to learn others. 

 

Sources: Department of Education and Skills, Government of Ireland, British Council, University of Chicago, Illinois State University.

Staff profiles

Many of our staff are native speakers and many are involved in innovative research in teaching and learning or in areas of literature and culture.

Head of Department of Langauges, Tourism and Hospitality

Ray CULLEN - [email protected]

Chinese

Li Ping VARLEY - [email protected]

English as a second language

Una CUMMINS  - [email protected]

Helena WALSH-KIELY - [email protected]

French

Dr Aine FURLONG - [email protected]

Catherine LACOSTE - [email protected]

Dr Chris MULHALL - [email protected]

Dr Christine O'DOWD-SMYTH - [email protected]

Dr Don O'NEILL - [email protected]

Dr Paul RYAN - [email protected]

Gaelige

Dr Seamus DILLON - [email protected]

Dr Ian O'CATHAIN - [email protected]

German

Noeleen DOOLEY - [email protected]

Alexander FRAHM-FETHERSTON - [email protected]

Italian

Dr Carmel COYNE - [email protected]

Monica RUDI-KENT - [email protected]

Spanish

Angelica CISNEROS - [email protected]

Dr Fiona CLANCY - [email protected]

Erin MCNAMARA CULLEN - [email protected]

Dr Don O'NEILL - [email protected]

Andres ROMERA - [email protected]

Study Abroad

Students can choose to spend one or two semesters (depending on the programme) studying at one of WIT’s partner universities in Europe or in other destinations worldwide! You choose!

Ireland's 'National Skills Strategy 2025' lists foreign languages and cultural awareness among the cross-sectoral skills which improve an individual’s employability and enable occupational mobility. Spending a period of time studying abroad opens a world of opportunities that greatly enhances your skill-set and in an increasingly interconnected world, speaking a second language will make you highly employable in the jobs market.

Students who choose to study at one of our European partner universities can apply for Erasmus+ funding to help defrey some of the costs associated with moving abroad. Check out our list of partner universities in the links below.                                                                                      

Languages are offered as part of the following undergraduate programmes at WIT

 

School of Humanities

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (three year course or four years with year abroad)

BA (Hons) in Psychology (three year course)

BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management (four year course)

Higher Certificate in Arts in Hospitality Studies (two year course)

BA (Hons) in Tourism Marketing (three year course)

Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism (two year course)

BA (Hons) in Arts in Culinary Arts (four year course)

Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts (two year course)

 

School of Business

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Common Entry) (four year course)

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Economics & Finance) (four year course)

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Human Resource Management) (four year course)

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Management) (four year course)

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Accounting) (four year course)

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Marketing) (four year course)

BA (Hons) in International Business (four year course)

 

School of Engineering

BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying (four year course)

 

School of Science

BSc in Software Systems Development (three year course)

BSc (Hons) in Software Systems Development (four year course)

       

 

 

 

 

 

Reports on the benefits of learning a Language             

Graduates with language skills have been identified in several national and international reports as increasingly in demand by employers.

  •  The National Employer Survey 2015 showed that approximately one quarter of employers indicated that they had a specific requirement for foreign language proficiency skills in their organisation. 
  • The National Skills Strategy 2025 lists foreign languages and cultural awareness among the cross-sectoral skills which improve an individual’s employability and enable occupational mobility.
  • The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) report on the skills required to trade internationally both in existing and emerging export markets highlights foreign languages and cultural awareness as key graduate attributes.

Links to useful reports

          


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