If you intend to study in the U.S., you will soon find yourself involved with the preparation for the TOEFL iBT test. Any university and college will ask you for a TOEFL score. Every institution has different requirements. To apply for some, you will need a score of 80 while for others 90 or 100 out of 120. Some colleges, furthermore, may ask you for a specific minimum partial score in one of the four sections of the test. In a previous post, I talked about “how to beat the reading section.” Here, I will give you some tips for the listening part.
Music is an important part of life. It improves your cognitive, mental, and emotional health. Music can also help you learn languages.
Music can help a person improve their pronunciation and listening skills, which then has the potential to help a person improve their speaking skills. Here are some benefits of using music to learn English as a second language.
Music Can Lead to Improved Pronunciation
One of the hardest things about learning a new language, especially English, is mastering pronunciation. Using songs to learn English can help train a person to speak the language with the proper accent.
The nice thing about songs is that they are catchy. A catchy song is repeated time and time again. If you take music with you and listen to it regularly, such as by using headphones while walking to school, you will gradually begin to repeat and remember the patterns you hear. The learning process becomes instinctive.
Songs Can Improve Grammar and Sentence Structure
It can be difficult to learn or understand English if what you are hearing is not in context. Most songs have a general theme that contextualize the lyrics being sung. This offers a context to learn vocabulary.
The more you hear the lyrics, the better your vocabulary becomes. Comprehension improves with time because you will not only sing the song, but if the song is popular, you will probably discuss it with others. Songs in English benefit from a simple structure. They use conversational language, so it’s easy to understand them. Not only can you understand the grammar in a song, but it’s easy to remember.
It’s Fun Listening to Music
Learning a language can feel boring. It can feel repetitive. Music boosts motivation to learn. Music touches the heart, and emotion is a key part of learning a language.
Music allows you to learn without focusing on learning. If you have a favorite song, you will play it over and over in the background. Without knowing it, you are learning unfamiliar words. If the song has been translated to multiple languages, you could listen to the translations back to back.
Music Is Linked to Memory
When you listen to a song, you are instantly transported to the previous times you heard the song. Music stimulates both sides of the brain. Because of this, it makes learning English and other topics easier.
Using music to learn a language is most effective if you not only listen but also sing-along. You might not know how to correctly pronounce all the lyrics at first, but find a lyric sheet and read along. You will soon watch your vocabulary grow, your pronunciation improve, and your English confidence strengthen.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
The need for interpreters and translators will grow at a rate of 19% between 2018 and 2028. So, your language skills in a resume matter a lot in defining your chances of getting hired.
But it is not limited to translator and interpreter jobs. The requirement of additional languages is expanding in a lot of other jobs as well. In the hospitality industry, the candidates are preferred to be fluent in more than one language.
In this guide, we will help you showcase your language proficiency in a resume and clear doubts in terms of where you can add these skills.
Relevance to the target profile
It is likely that the position you are applying for does not require you to possess skills in more than one language. So, you need to determine the relevance of your language skills to the profile you are targeting and update your resume accordingly. But there are jobs where you need more than one language to get hired.
To do this, we advise you to go through the job description of your target job and understand the requirements. Based on the insights, you can highlight your language skills accordingly and tailor your resume to a specific job.
For instance, if the post requires candidates to have expertise in Spanish to assist customers. You can highlight your proficiency in Spanish in the professional experience section.
For example, you can include a point displaying the skills in a manner highlighted below:
“Assisted English speaking customers in the hotel and handled reservations from guests of French origin.”
You can follow this approach to highlight your language skills throughout the professional experience section.
Add it in the summary
As the resume summary is written right below the name, recruiters are inclined to go through this section first.
For this aspect only, the summary is reserved for skills and achievements that candidates want the recruiters to notice first.
When you are trying to showcase your linguistic skills, a summary is a great place to include them. In the career summary, you can include pointers about how you utilized these skills in your professional career and why you hold them in such high regard.
For example, check the example written below:
“Trilingual hotel manager with 5 years of experience in the hospitality industry and conversing with guests from major European countries. Proficient in Spanish, English, and French to handle customers with ease.“
Make a language skills section
After determining the relevance of your language skills in the target profile, your resume is meant to showcase your linguistic skills.
Apart from adding them to your summary, you can create a separate section to write them for the recruiter’s perusal.
Having these skills listed in a separate section will enable the recruiter to locate them easily. You can place this section near the “key skills section” that showcases your core competencies.
Include the proficiency level
The proficiency level of your language skills is highly critical to have recruiters understand your fluency with the language. Hence, you must write the proficiency level as per your understanding of the language. You can think of it in terms of reading, listening, and speaking comprehension.
Further, you can create a better impact by taking a self-assessment test called ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable). It was established by the U.S. government to assess the language proficiency standards of candidates. This test divides the candidates into 5 categories:
Apart from the ILR assessment test, if you need to showcase the credibility of the mentioned language skills. Add all your language certifications.
For example, here is how you can write certifications in your resume:
“English for Professionals | ESL.com | Pasadena, California | Dec ‘19”
Here are a few key takeaways from the article:
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