Do you have too much extra time at home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? Then there’s no better time to boost your productivity and work on your interests like learning a new language!
Apart from pursuing it as simply your interest and enjoyment, however, learning a new language is now also considered a practical skill that can take you to places if you choose to pursue your academic or career path abroad.
While global industries and markets as of today use English as their primary language to break language barriers, learning new ones can help you acculturate yourself to different places each with its own vast and varying cultures, dialects, lingual expressions, values, and practices.
And in a world that continues to shift towards linear-structured industries, learning languages can make sure that we get to appreciate different unique roots and ways of life as we venture through a wide-scale globalization.
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Introduced in 2015, SGUnited Skills programs, Skillsfuture courses, and Skillsfuture credits were implemented in Singapore to help individuals hone their skill through various short online courses. Over the years, Skillsfuture has supported over hundreds of thousands of jobseekers and learners to expand their career opportunities and horizons and gain practical skills through skills training programs---ultimately guiding people to make a remarkable change to Singapore’s economy.
For Singaporeans aged 25 and above, they are given $500 as starting Skillsfuture credits that they can use to take courses they mind find interesting. Of course, those who are eligible to enroll in the programs available in the platform may choose to top-up more credits anytime to be able to take more courses and even earn formal certifications.
Various Skillsfuture courses on learning new languages are also available for people who wish to gain an in-depth understanding and mastery on their chosen language.
Here are some Skillsfuture approved language courses wherein Skillsfuture credits can be used:
French Toast is an academic platform based in Singapore particularly known as one of the most successful French language schools in the country. The organization primarily aims to teach French culture and language but are not also arranging organized events on interesting French-related projects like French-singing contests, wine tasting classes, and treasure hunts.
The school is officially registered at Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and features native French instructors, flexible and focused classes, and interactive learning modes. Their range of services also include group classes for adults and children, playgroups for younger learners, corporate group and private courses, French-in-lieu children courses, and exam preparation courses.
Course fee starts at $295 and the course duration can be completed in 8 weeks with 2.5 hour sessions a week.
Eurolingo is an award-winning language school established in Singapore in the year 2010 specializing in European languages such as French, Spanish, and German. The organization’s team or faculty consists of native professionals from each language course offered who can help you achieve full proficiency and acquire conversational level mastery of the language.
Classes can be done in small group arrangements and tailor-made private lessons at school or at your own home.
Course fee for German lessons starts at $520 and the course can be competed in 10 weeks with 3 hour lessons per week. Spanish lessons, on the other hand, starts at $295 and can be finished within 8 weeks.
Join basic to advanced courses in leaning Italian at Inlingua Language School starting from $470 and master the Italian language after completing the course in 12 weeks. Inlingua is one of the most well-known Italian language schools based in Singapore who offers not just Italian courses but also a weekly Italian school and a book library and store for your learning resources.
Learn Korean at Ganada Korean Language Center with course fees starting from $220 with level 2 discounts of $120 for part-time studies and $60 for full-time studies---making this class one of the most affordable courses in our list.
Like other language courses, Ganada also features native language speakers with years of experience from teaching in Korean schools.
Korean classes here has 4 modules that can be completed in 9 weeks: (1) Mastering Hangeul, (2) Learning Greetings and Introductions, (3) Learning Interactions in Restaurants, and (4) Learning Interactions when Shopping.
Bunka Language School is an academic institution that specializes in teaching Japanese language and culture ever since the year 1985. They offer free introductory classes for first timers and full 10-week courses starting from $390 as enrollment fee.
Courses are distributed widely from elementary, intermediate, pre-advanced, advanced, and business levels ensuring that everyone from different skill levels of the spectrum are welcome to join classes.
Both online and in-person classes are also offered and you can choose one that can best suit your needs and preferences.
NUS’ Thai program uses an integrated learning approach to help students develop language proficiency and a good understanding of various communicative structures inherent in the Thai language. Moreover, the course also features classes that aims to help students gain a social and cultural knowledge and understanding of Thai for language learning and everyday language utilization.
The course includes progressive modules tackling basic and advanced lessons to master Thai and use the language to help the learner’s prospects in continuing further education.
A certificate of proficiency are awarded for students who can successfully complete more advanced classes under the 6-week program.
Course free starts at $330.
LIA’s Bahasa Indonesia course features a beginner’s conversational Indonesian with inclined on a more business focus. The program is particularly designed to teach learners practical phrases commonly used in day to day conversations through practical and interactive learning modes.
The course has 6 specific topics that includes:
Course fee starts at $660 and course duration can last up to 12 weeks.
Yi Mandarin features 3 learning modes that can satisfy the needs of different types of learners. This includes intensive small group classes with emphasis on conversational Chinese, weekly small group classes conducted at a gradual pace for a total of 12 weeks, and private classes for 1 on 1 classes with flexible schedules best suited for busy learners and professionals.
Course offers a free trial lessons and starts with $600 as course fee to have full access for all the lessons.