ZURICH, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - For young people today, it's more and more
common to study multiple languages, as many careers require not just
one foreign language, but two or even more. In an increasingly
difficult job market, speaking two foreign languages may not only get
you a job, but can also substantially increase your salary. EF
Education First is responding to this multilingual trend by opening
four new language schools across Europe and EF is also offering a
special study program for accelerated multilingual learning.
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The EU has recognized multilingualism as such an important factor in the
competitiveness of European employees and companies, that in 2007 they
appointed an EU Commissioner devoted to promoting multilingualism in
Europe. EF Education First, the world's largest private language education company, has also taken
note: "In Europe, employers often ask for English plus either Spanish,
French, German or Italian, and we see more and more companies asking
for Chinese," explains Mats Ulenius, Vice President at EF. "Young
people realize what becoming multilingual will do for their careers and
their salary potential. As a result, we see a higher demand from
students for courses in all the popular third languages."
EF has responded to the multilingual trend by opening four new language
schools in Europe: Paris, Madrid, Rome and Munich.Their doors will be
open by February 2012 and students can apply online at http://www.ef.com/centers.
The company's new flagship French school, EF Paris, is in its own
palace-like building just steps from the Opera and the fashionable
boutiques of the 9th arrondissement. "EF offers a wider range of
special interest classes than any other French school in Paris,
including a popular French Cuisine course taught in the school's
custom-built professional kitchen," says Alix Lallement, the director
of the school.
Like Paris, EF's other new continental schools are also opening in the
heart of exciting cities. "Students want to experience the sights and
sounds of the local culture after class, so the location of the school
is important," says Jurgen Oehler, director of EF Munich, which is
based in a stunning glass building in the hip Lehel district.
Similarly, the EF Madrid school is in a landmark building in the
vibrant Salamanca neighborhood, and EF Rome, perhaps the most
impressive, is housed in a patrician mansion with frescoed ceilings,
just around the corner from the famous Piazza Navona.
EF has also introduced a special program, called the EF Multi-LanguageYear, for students determined to become multilingual quickly. Participants
choose two or three of EF's 41 International Language Centers worldwide
to create their own tailor-made, nine-month study tour, learning up to
three languages plus the invaluable experience of cultural immersion in
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Established in 1965 with the mission to "break down barriers in
language, culture, and geography", EF Education First (EF) is the
world's leading international education company. EF has helped over 15
million students to learn a new language and travel abroad. With a
network of 400 schools and offices worldwide, EF specializes in
language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural
exchange programs. EF is a partner of Erasmus Student Network, the
Official Language Supplier of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
2014 and is also working with Ola Turista to help prepare Brazil for
the 2014 World Cup. EF published the ground-breaking English Proficiency Index which measures the English ability of adults in different countries
across the world.
SOURCE EF Education First Ltd.
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