IMPORTANT: Please note, all language courses run over both terms.

Why learn a language?

Leaning a language is empowering: it helps develop your cognitive skills, it gives an insight into different cultures/language communities, and helps with your career, with travel, socialising and networking, and with arts and literature.

Languages available

Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Levels available

Start at complete beginner level and go up to near-fluent specialised courses (Professional Purposes, Academic Purposes, Translation Skills).

The aim of all our language courses is to enable you to improve both your ability to communicate and your linguistic competence in the chosen language. A balance of receptive (reading, listening) and productive (speaking, writing) skills are developed through communicative classes and self-study. All courses will give an insight into the country/countries’ culture and society in a European/global context. How to study a language, including autonomous learning and how to approach authentic material plus various transferable skills are also part of the course. The language is always related back to your degree subject.

As part of the course you undertake a project where you explore a topic of interest related to your degree in the target language countries.

CLIE organises regular language and culture activities throughout the academic year to supplement your core teaching.

All language courses will run over both terms (in year 2 and 3). They will be timetabled to suit your timetable, but it is important that you register with the Language Centre at the start of term 1 of year 2 to guarantee your place. All the students will need to meet a tutor for the language they intend taking in the first week of Term 1 to ensure that they are taking the appropriate level/modules.

More information, including syllabi, can be found at the Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) Course Unit website.

Beginner

Languages available: Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Year 2: Syllabus A (LCxx6001*) or Syllabus B (LCxx6002*)

Year 3: Syllabi BC (LCxx6023*) or Syllabi CD (LCxx6034*)

* Where xx should be replaced to indicate the chosen language (AR/DU/FR/GE/IT/JA/MA/PO/SP)

Starting as a complete beginner (Level A), or with a good basic knowledge of the language (Level B), you take a 15 credit module in your second year, continuing with a 30 credit module in your third year. By the end of your third year you will be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social, current and subject-related issues / be able to follow debates and give presentations relating to your degree, as well as be able to discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Intermediate

Languages available: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Year 2: Syllabus C or Academic Purposes – Introduction (LCxx6003/LCxx6803*)

Year 3: Syllabus D + Business and Current Affairs (LCxx6045*)

* Where xx should be replaced to indicate the chosen language (AR/FR/GE/IT/JA/MA/PO/SP)

Starting with a good basic knowledge of the language, you take a 15 credit module in your second year, continuing with a 30 credit module in your third year. By the end of your third year you will be able to use your language skills in professional environments such as meetings and conferences, follow debates and give presentations relating to your degree subject, and also be able to discuss current affairs and the latest trends in society.

Advanced

Languages available: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish

Year 2: Syllabus D or higher (LCxx6004/LCxx6005/LCxx6006*)

Year 3: Business, Current Affairs and Culture or higher (LCxx6056/LCxx6067/LCxx6867/LCxx6967/LCxx6077*)

* Where xx should be replaced to indicate the chosen language (FR/GE/IT/JA/MA/SP)

Starting with a reasonably advanced knowledge of the language (or higher) you take a 15 credit module in your second year, continuing with a 30 credit module in your third year. Courses available in your third year include Business, Current Affairs and Culture, Professional Purposes I and II, Academic Purposes I and II, Translation Skills, Professional and Academic Purposes II.

  • Business, Current Affairs and Culture covers recent history, current affairs and the latest issues in society as well as other related topics. You will be able to give presentations and be involved in roundtable discussions and debates on a variety of current issues.
  • Professional Purposes I and II covers career development in the target language countries, business culture and conventions, negotiating and interacting, reading specialist texts in your degree subject(s), note taking and debates as well as other related topics.
  • Academic Purposes I and II covers academic development, academic culture and conventions, critical thinking, reading and writing academic texts in your degree subject(s) as well as other related topics to prepare you for further academic study/research in the target language countries.
  • Translation Skills covers translation skills development mainly from English into the target language (although some translation into English will also be practised), with the objective of producing different types of written translations, some of them relating back to your degree subject(s).
  • Professional and Academic Purposes II covers career and academic development in the target language countries, business and academic cultures and conventions, negotiating and interacting, critical thinking, reading and writing specialist academic texts in your degree subject(s), note taking and debates as well as other related topics to prepare you for working and/or further academic study/research in the target language countries.

Contact

Mr Adam Salisbury
Centre for Languages & International Education
Email: ku.ca1529485831.lcu@1529485831stinu1529485831esruo1529485831c-eil1529485831c1529485831

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