Nur Amalina Binte Mohd Rodhi (Chinese): "As I advanced to Chinese 3, I became more aware of the history and context attached to a word; a word is so much more than just its literal meaning in translation and character writing! This insight has led me to work towards applying three qualities I intend to apply to the different aspects of my life after I graduate: open-mindedness, sensitivity to culture, and knowledge before application."

The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) helps students meet the language learning requirements of various area studies departments in FASS. The modules are available to Arts students as part of their Major requirements (Area Studies students), Minor requirements**, and as unrestricted electives outside their majors.

In addition, they are also offered to students preparing for the University’s Student Exchange Programme and to cross-faculty students who may read them as unrestricted elective modules outside their faculties.

The following languages are taught in CLS at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels:

  • Arabic
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Spanish
  • Tamil*
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

*Only Elementary level is available
** Details of the Minor in Language Studies can be found in the Centre’s website.

CLS Digital Badges and Certificate of Language Proficiency

The Centre also awards digital badges and certificates of proficiency at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels to students who have successfully completed specified qualifying CLS modules.

Career Prospects

By introducing students to cultures new to them, language learning not only broadens their outlook, it also helps them to achieve greater intercultural competence. This allows them to gain a better understanding and appreciation of foreign cultures.

Wang Tian Yi (Hindi): "A new language allows us to see the world from a different perspective so that we can become more effective inter-cultural communicators at work."

In this fast globalising world where overseas travel and prolonged stays in foreign countries are becoming more common, proficiency in languages will definitely increase students’ mobility and employment opportunities.

Graduates with the necessary expertise in their major subjects as well as strong language abilities will be better placed to find employment in both the public and private sectors (e.g., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Economic Development Board, IE Singapore, Mediacorp and global corporations).

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