Why learn a language with Languages for All?

All our courses offer the following:

  • 2 hours of group teaching and learning per week (please note that the University hour constitutes 50 minutes)
  • Weekly tasks set for you to complete between classes, to help you both consolidate the work done and prepare for the week ahead
  • A series of topics with associated tasks to show both you and the tutor that progress is being made
  • Confirmation for enrolment
  • A letter of credit if you have taken the tests, indicating your achievement

Things to consider

  • Decide on your reasons for wanting to learn a language
  • Decide on your own language needs and expectations
  • Read the information in the course leaflet to get an idea of the teaching methods and learning aims and objectives
  • Note that none of our classes are based on the learning of grammar alone, although grammar is included
  • Although we aim to teach people how to improve communication skills in the target language, English will not be excluded from the classes
  • Ask yourself - do these methods and aims suit me? Ask our office staff for as much information as possible
  • Check with the office staff the maximum and minimum number of people for the class, so that you are not disappointed. (Beginners' classes often start with high numbers. There will inevitably be some drop-outs and no one can join a beginners' class after the first two weeks)
  • If there is a chance to meet or talk to the tutor, try to take it

You and your class

  • Don't worry about buying a course book before the course starts
  • Make sure you have enrolled for your course online before you attend your first class
  • Please bring your enrolment receipt to the first meeting
  • Try and be there on time
  • Do try to come to every class but, if you have to be absent, please let us know
  • Don't think that others may be better or more intelligent than you. It's not true.

Language learning

  • Two hours a week is a very short time so be realistic in your expectations, language learning takes time and effort and is not always easy
  • Don't worry about making mistakes
  • Do take part in all class activities. Speaking, whether with the tutor or class members, is a vital part of language learning
  • Practice might not make perfect - but it helps
  • Language study 'once a week' makes progress difficult, so do try to practise every day and prepare for next week's class
  • Preparation (homework) is very important - try to complete any work set
  • Think about your language learning from time to time
  • Do try to come to every class but, if you have to miss a class, let your tutor or a class member know and find out what work was done and whether there is any preparation
  • If the person you often work with is away, try to get in touch, reassure and pass on tips, handouts, preparation, etc
  • Remember the tutor can't know why you are away or if you have a problem unless you communicate. Don't drop out just because you have missed a class and feel behind - get in touch
  • Remember that your tutor is there to help you as much as possible and will always be responsive to any needs you may have. Please don't hesitate to talk to him/her
  • Enjoy the challenge of learning a language!

Angela - Open access Spanish level 8