Vinod Anand | 13 Aug 2013

IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGES(Vinod Anand)According to me, study of Languages is an area that is still wriggling to take complete shape and fighting to have recognition. Speed is the word that defines the world of today. With each dawn, we see new changes taking place and new trends taking shape. It has affected us and our Ives so much that it has not even spared our vehicle of communication - language. Today, we rest on the susceptible foundation of machines, international trade, and widening range of small and medium industries. Technology seems to be all and the rest either dependent or taking a back seat. There is a consistent fear of extinction at every step.Studies of Languages are an area that is still wriggling to take complete shape and fighting to have a place of recognition. However, that does not either reduce its attraction of undertaking research or higher education or its scope of opportunities. In fact, a student of Languages is unique to the extent s/he is not fiercely affected by the slump in economy and restricted by geography and time. This is because Language as a subject of study has and had been here to stay, always, despite the variations in its structure according to the ecosystem.The role of Language or Language studies varies from as minute as sending an email and creating a regular professional document to as complex as constructing and deconstructing ideas, recording criticism and practical areas like reporting, translating and understanding cultural similarities and differences. In addition, Language is one subject that absorbs the knowledge from the rest and becomes an instrument of communication for the rest. So, nothing goes unnoticed under its wide scope of study and opportunities. ? IT, Tourism, Medical Transcription, Publishing, Training and Education are some of the businesses today that open extensive opportunities for Language graduates. Language?s ?sort of? omnipresence makes its experts secure at many levels. Its requirement at every stage of communication in all types of organizations makes it a field worth study.When we say languages, it does not necessarily mean English; it means relevant language studies pertaining to foreign languages like French, Spanish, etc and our own Sanskrit, Hindi or many other regional languages. Lt also takes into its ?limitations?, the language for differently-abled, and the un-, spoken signs and symbols of the universe, as, if not major, special qualifications. Expertise and use of any language revolves around the skills of reading, writing and speaking, while listening and comprehension occupy an indispensable position.However, speed makes speaking and writing the most important skills in today?s world, assuming, quite wrongly and unfortunately, that listening and reading come automatically to a person. In any case, a student of Languages needs to identify his I her own skills first and then match the opportunities.An aspirant good at observation and writing must go for a course in journalism, public relations or mass communications; good language and oratorical skills can make a person worth for media. One can also take up a course in Creative Writing, which would mean anything from freelance writing, creative writing, and script writing to even content developing (includes web content); and knowledge of different languages can make way for an aspirant to become a good translator (written / spoken), through experience or proper training. In a corporate set-up, according to the candidate?s years of experience and requirements of the company, s/he may opt for a role in HR, Public Relations or Training & Development Someone with a spark of entrepreneurship and interest in training people in Languages may set up his or her own training centre. Any person trained in Linguistics can become part of software development companies or teams that work on software development related to Language Learning and Teaching. Educational opportunities whether in schools or colleges are a given. There is no limitation for a person who has the right combination of all the skills required of a linguist. The expanse of Language makes research undertakings in the subject very interesting. Apart from research initiatives in discourse or various aspects of language and literature, a student of Language can opt for interdisciplinary research areas with combinations in culture studies, corporate studies, philosophy, psychology, environment or nature studies.The first thing, perhaps, aspirants of Language studies have to fight with is the attitude that Language is synonymous with day-today conversation, SMSing, Facebooking, Blogging etc and that it is limited to sentence construction and vocabulary formations. In fact, these are areas of opportunity and research for a quality scholar of Languages.The second problematic area is the preconception that studies in Languages is not as lucrative as taking up a course in engineering, medicine or management. It is true that this area, many a time, does not fetch as much as other areas. However, the best part is, it won?t let you down in time of need. The third is the necessity of one?s own flair for language and related areas.So, the scope and opportunities are immense in Language studies. One has to just explore and match their capabilities with the openings.PAGE PAGE 2