The world is a global village and being multilingual gives you an upper hand in communication and career. According to Eton Institute’s Language Development in the Workforce survey in September 2014, 89% of its clients stated that multilingual employees add value to the workforce and 88% stated that recruiting team members with language skills is important to their organization implying that a multilingual ability is definitely a competitive edge in today’s world.
Language learning is said to help develop strong cognitive skills, such as a better concept formation, mental flexibility, multitasking, listening skills and problem-solving, in addition to improving social interaction and encouraging connection between peers. Whether you are looking to study, French, German or Chinese, a reputable institution to take either of the courses should be first in your mind. Here are the best choices for you.
1. The Language School In Kenya
Without a doubt, this is one of the best language schools in Nairobi offering language programs and other customized, short language courses in Kenya, offering general, specialized, regular and part-time language programs in the following languages; French, Spanish, Chinese, Czech among other translation services. They are located along Chama Avenue in Kilimani.
2. Alliance Francaise
In Kenya one of the most taught foreign languages is French. Alliance Francaise has been at the heart of teaching french to Kenyan students and encouraging more people to learn and understand the language, the different cultures of french-speaking regions, so as to facilitate intercultural dialogue worldwide. Located along Loita/Monrovia street along in Nairobi, it is the only accredited institution in Kenya for international and professional French Language certification.
3. Confucious Institute
This institution offers a Diploma and Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture and also Beginners and proficiency Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture. Other activities trained on include, Martial Arts, Chinese Cuisine, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Music Chinese Club. There are two Confucious Institute in Kenya, one at The University Of Nairobi and another at Kenyatta University.
4.Kenya Institute of Foreign Language and Professional Studies
If you are looking to learn some Arabic, then you must enroll in this institution, located in Kenda House, Next to Afya Centre, Tom Mboya Street. Knowledge of foreign languages and international cultural literacy are often requirements for students seeking international jobs, for those hoping to acquire global skill sets, and in order to be qualified for opportunities abroad.
5. Bonjour Institute
Whether you want to learn French at their Uniafric House Campus, at your office or even at home, they have various services all tailored to suit your needs to facilitate seamless communication between English and French speakers through their French Tuition, Translation and Interpretation services. Apart from French English Interpretation, they also offer Arabic-English, Spanish-English and Portuguese-English conference Interpretation. They are located in Uniafric house, Koinange streets.
6. ACK Language and Orientation School
It’s one of the oldest language schools in Kenya located along Bishop Road off NSSF building. The school offers a wide range of Language courses in Nairobi from beginner to advanced stages which include English, Kiswahili, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic. Students are also prepared for Pitman Examinations (in English), foreign university entrance exams such as TOEFL and Language Proficiency Exams.
7. German Institute of Professional Studies
This institution has tailored made courses that respond to the needs of the market industry which are dynamic in nature, which is essential in accelerating that process which will ultimately ensure the growth in the country. They offer training on Chinese, German and English Languages among other certificate and diploma courses. They are located in Nairobi Central Business District near the Globe flyover bridge.
8. Goethe Institute Nairobi
Is a cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach, promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. In their network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and an exam and language learning centres, they offer workshops and teacher training seminars for teachers of German as a second language, and also provides an extensive examination programme. They also offer French, Japanese, Spanish languages and are located in Maendeleo House Nairobi.
9. The Language Center Ltd
A good study center offering a variety of study options ranging from private hourly lessons to daily group courses. Located off Ngong Rd they offer courses in Spanish FrenchChinese and selected vernacular languages.
10. University of Nairobi
You can do a diploma french language course from this prestigious institution.