A new survey has arrived!
Topic: How important is it to be able to communicate in the local language in your current placement?
We all dream of becoming fluent in the local language of the place at which we are living, but it is not as easy task…well for most people. I know international school teachers that have only lived in their city for two years and they are pretty fluent in the local language in my opinion. We all secretly hate these people. Then there are teachers who have lived in their city for more than 8 years, and they still don’t really speak the local language fluently enough to have friends that only can speak that language to them.
When that is the case (you are not able to do many things in the local language), it is important to know what the English language abilities of the local people are. In some cities (for example in Scandinavia) most people speak English at a fairly high level. In other cities (for example in China) most of the locals aren’t able to speak English at a high level (with many of them not knowing any English).
Each city is different, even within the same country. In turn, let’s (international school teachers) share with each other what the language abilities of the locals are with each other; what is it really like when living in that city.
On www.internationalschoolcommunity.com we have a topic under the City section that is specifically about sharing information about the language abilities of the locals. It is called: Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there.
There have been 100s of comments and information already submitted in this topic on numerous school profile pages on our website. Log-on today to check out the latest comments related to the language of the host country people in the cities that have international schools that interest you most. If you currently work at or have worked at an international school, please also log-on and share what you know about the English language abilities of the locals in your host country.
So, how important is it to be able to communicate in the local language in your current placement? Go to the homepage of International School Community and submit your vote today! You can check out the latest voting results here.