Culture & Language

Cross-cultural and language training is now considered essential preparation for any international assignment, benefiting both the individual and the employer. However, ‘culture shock’ – which adds to the pressure on an employee who might already be coping with the demands of a new job, and can also affect accompanying family members – may lead to assignment failure. This is disruptive for the family, and costly for the company. The up-to-the-minute international business, culture and language news in this section can help you navigate the highs and lows of corporate relocation.

Culture

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The benefits of a bilingual education for children and opportunities for life

Discover the huge advantages of a bilingual or multilingual education for children of all ages to help parents make important school choices.
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Pandemic dampens cities' appeal to expats

The 'liveability' ratings for expatriates of almost three-quarters of cities around the world have fallen over the past year because of limitations on movement and recreation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Paris as a growing financial centre – what are the education options?

Now the UK has finally left the EU, Paris is a likely destination for an increasing number of international assignments. Whether there is a trickle or a rush of international companies setting up or consolidating there remains to be seen but families are assured of a quality education and cultural experience for their children. Marianne Curphey reports.

Language

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Which country makes it easiest to learn a new language?

During Relocate Global’s Great International Education and Schools’ Fair and ECIS' Multilingual Week, new research from Preply shows which countries offer the best environment for language learning.
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Languages: opening a world of opportunities

Learning a new language is one of the first – and greatest – challenges of relocating to another country. We look at the opportunities that it provides and find out how some of the UK’s top independent schools approach language teaching.
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Learning languages improves children’s career prospects

Peter Kotrc, CEO of Berlin Brandenburg International School, exhorts us to embrace the language opportunities that relocating to a new country brings and explains how to choose a school that develops them.
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