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Proficiency in Foreign Languages

Cultural Awareness / Intelligence

Below you will find a selection of resources to help you develop these employability skills, any resources from external parties will be indicated in the description.

Proficiency in foreign languages

Developed through courses or overseas experiences.

Free Language Learning with Queen’s University – Online Resource

The Language Centre at Queen’s University is offering students, staff and members of the public the opportunity to avail of free, online and accessible language learning resources.

The online resources currently available are all beginners level in French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

There is no related assessment or certification and you can sign up for as many languages as you wish. Dates for the weekly/bi-weekly, live classes can be found on the individual web-pages for each language.

Access the free language courses from Queen’s University Language Centre

18 Amazing Benefits of Learning a Second Language, Career Addict Website – Article

Not only does learning a second language help you improve your brain health, but it also increases your career prospects. This article outlines 18 benefits of learning a second language and how it can improve your career and overall wellbeing. (Career Addict website)

Career Addict website, Benefits of learning a second language article



Cultural Awareness / Intelligence

The ability to implement this in a variety of multicultural contexts.

Queen’s University Global Opportunities -  Blog

Read some interesting perspectives from past participants on our Global programmes in this Global Opportunities blog.

Queen’s University, Global Opportunities blog

Student Q&A -  2019 Queen’s Boston and New York  Career Development programme

Get a student’s overview of the 2019 Queen’s Boston and New York Career Development programme in a Q&A with Film & Theatre Making student Christian Green.

Read the 2019 Boston and New York Career Development programme Student Q&A.

The Global Thinkers - Podcast Series

Check out University of Oxford’s The Global Thinkers podcast series.

The Global Thinkers Project, Oxford was launched in 2017 with the aim of reviving silenced voices in the discipline of International Relations (IR). (University of Oxford)

Listen to The Global Thinkers Podcast Series University of Oxford

Erasmus Virtual Exchange - Online Resource

The Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project proposes different models of Virtual Exchange activities with different formats, duration, time investment, thematic scope and number of participants. Join students from around Europe to discuss topical issues. Participation is free.

Erasmus Virtual Exchange, Online resource

Unleash Your Potential: Global Citizenship – Free Online Course

Get an introduction to what it means to be a global citizen and the opportunities it creates. (University of Bristol)

University of Bristol, Global Citizenship online course

Improve your Intercultural Competence – Free Online Course

Improve your intercultural competence with information on understanding cultural differences and succeeding in diverse workplaces. (Purdue University)

Purdue University, Improve your intercultural competence online course

Understanding Chinese Culture – Free Online Course

Explore Chinese culture and learn how different values are reflected in landscape art and analyse literature. (University of Exeter)

University of Exeter, Understanding Chinese culture online course

Communicating with Diverse Audiences - Free Online Course

Explore what drives the way you communicate and develop communication strategies for successful communication in diverse settings. (University of Surrey)

University of Surrey, Communicating with diverse audiences online course

Develop Cultural Intelligence – Free Online Course

Discover the importance of cultural intelligence, or 'CQ', and find out to improve your own cultural intelligence. (Purdue University)

Purdue University, Develop cultural intelligence online course

Cross Cultural Communication, Pellegrino Riccardi – TEDx Talk

This TED Talk discusses what is defined as a “global mindset”, examining how we should be curious about the many different cultural codes that exist in the world.

Pellegrino Riccardi, Cross cultural communication TEDx talk

How Culture Drives Behaviours, Julien S. Bourrelle, TEDx Talk

Bourrelle, who comes from the French-speaking part of Canada, speaks about his experience of moving to and living in Norway. He explains that, when faced with a new culture, we can confront, complain or conform.

 Julien S. Bourrelle, How culture drives behaviours TEDx talk

Learn a New Culture Julien S. Bourrelle - TEDx Talk

In this talk, Bourrelle argues that by helping people to communicate better across cultures, we have the opportunity to increase the competitiveness of businesses, as well as to create a better functioning multicultural society

 Julien S. Bourrelle, Learn a New Culture TEDx talk

Cultural Awareness in a Globalized World, Ralph Strozza – TEDx Talk

Ralph Strozza talks about globalization and understanding cultural differences. He touches on economical issues and how these are related to the topic of globalization.

Ralph Strozza, Cultural awareness in a globalized world TEDx Talk

It’s (Past) Time to Appreciate Cultural Diversity, Hayley Yeates TED Talk

 Yeates’s talk centres on the relationship between race and career progression, as well as the benefits that an ethnically diverse workplace can bring.

Hayley Yeates, Time to Appreciate Cultural Diversity TED talk

The Guardian Article on Moving to Another Country to Attend University

Below is an interesting piece written for the Guardian by students of varying nationalities, on the culture shock that can be experienced when moving to another country to attend university.

The Guardian article on moving to another country to attend university

Cultural Awareness International – Blog

From global news to cultural education, Cultural Awareness International  provides information on these topics in interesting periodic articles.

Cultural Awareness International blog series