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Languages for All

Our award-winning Languages for All programme gives you the opportunity to learn a language alongside your degree, for free, for one year. Additional tuition in subsequent years is available for a fee.

Languages for All modules do not affect your final degree classification but successfully completed modules will be listed on your Further Achievements Transcript. You also have the chance to obtain a certification letter to provide evidence of your language skills to show future employers, and our modules can count towards the Big Essex Award.

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Awarded to Languages for All for our innovation in language learning

Languages for All gives you foreign language skills that will set you apart from other graduates by:

  • giving you a competitive edge in graduate employment
  • expanding your options for studying, working or travelling abroad
  • helping you gain the confidence to work and travel internationally
  • increasing your global and cultural awareness

At a time when companies in the UK struggle to find graduates who can speak more than one language, resulting in a yearly financial loss of £48 billion (The Guardian), you can stand out from other applicants by having language skills.

You also gain the confidence to work in an international environment, being able to hold everyday conversations with clients and customers in their own language.

As well as learning the language itself, the process gives you the opportunity to gain other advanced graduate skills, such as:

  • effective and confident communication
  • listening skills
  • the basic understanding of language learning methodology
  • empathy and understanding of others
  • collaboration
  • enhanced interpersonal skills

Language Express offers a structured, taught programme consisting of evening classes (usually 6-8pm) for those who want to learn a new language. We offer modules at beginner and post-beginner level. It gives you the opportunity to:

  • take up a new language in a very focused, purpose-driven way, concentrating on communicative skills
  • increase your language skills so that you can cope with living, studying or working abroad for a short time (while English is still the predominant language)

How you learn

Language Express is taught through two hours of evening classes per week (usually 6-8pm, with a small number of classes from 4-6pm) which will not conflict with your studies.

Classes are designed to be accompanied by a course book and are communicative in nature. This means that there will be group activities and pair work, as well as games, listening exercises, speaking role-plays, reading, writing and grammar exercises.

Classes are held either on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. When you register you’ll be allocated to a group randomly and will only be allowed to change groups in exceptional circumstances.

What you learn

The lessons are specifically tailored to help you study or live in another country, with the aim that:

  • after one year you would be able to cope with a short stay in the country (for a conference, short course or summer school)
  • after two years you would be able to cope with living in the country (for a study abroad year, for example) but studying or working in English

If you have studied an A Level in the language, or have lived in the country for a period of time, these courses will be too basic for you and you may be removed from the course. If you’re too advanced for these courses, you could learn something new instead.

You can also take advantage of additional language activities to further improve your language skills – please note that not all activities are available at all campuses.

  • Language Café - conversation classes led by native-speaking Teaching Assistants. Available in all six languages at both levels. Available at Colchester Campus Wednesday afternoons and Southend Campus, every other week, details to be confirmed.
  • Access to Eurotalk support software - you have access to cutting edge language software Eurotalk through your Moodle account. This is designed to help you consolidate your classroom learning. Available in all six languages at all levels.
  • Modern Languages Film Club - films in foreign languages organised on a campus-by-campus basis. At Colchester Campus, films are organised by the Department of Language and Linguistics every Wednesday afternoon and every other week at our Southend Campus, details to be confirmed.
  • Students' Union One World Essex Buddy Scheme - system where you are paired-up with another student. You can explore Essex together, learn more about each other’s cultures and practise a language.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed through class tests of your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Successful completion of the module will lead to it being listed on your further achievements transcript (your grade will not be shown).

Fees

All students are entitled to one fully-subsidised Languages for All module alongside their degree course regardless of their year of study. If you would like to learn more than one language on your first year with LfA or continue learning in subsequent years then a fee is payable, for 2015-16 this is £250 per module.

Language Portfolio allows you to study a language through flexible web-based learning alongside your main course, at our Colchester Campus. It gives you the opportunity to:

  • study a language at your own level and pace but receive support and guidance from native speakers of the language
  • increase your language skills so that you can deal with a range of situations when travelling abroad

How you learn

Using well-established academic language learning software from Rosetta Stone, you can study French, German or Spanish at any level from beginner to advanced. After an initial assessment to establish your level, your language lecturer will develop a tailor-made learning programme for you.

The initial induction session gives you the chance to meet your lecturer and learn how to use the Rosetta Stone software. You will be expected to do between two and three hours of online exercises per week in order to progress to a sufficient standard. Your tutor will assign weekly lessons that you have to complete - how and when you undertake your study is up to you.

Don’t worry about being left on your own. Your lecturer will monitor your progress and support is available to you throughout the course.

What you learn

Your proficiency level will be assessed by an initial placement test through the Rosetta Stone software and weekly lessons will be assigned by your tutor based on your level.

Courses range from complete beginners (A1) through to fluency (C1). The content of each level combines a mixture of language relating to everyday use and with professional situations.

You can also take advantage of the following additional language activities to further improve your language skills.

  • Language Café - Wednesday afternoon conversation classes led by native-speaking Teaching Assistants. Available in all six languages at both levels.
  • Access to Eurotalk support software - you have access to cutting edge language software Eurotalk through your Moodle account. This is designed to help you consolidate your classroom learning. Available in all six languages at all levels.
  • Modern Languages Film Club - weekly films in foreign languages organised by the Department of Language and Linguistics.
  • Students' Union One World Essex Buddy Scheme - system where you are paired-up with another student. You can explore Essex together, learn more about each other’s cultures and practise a language.
  • Online advice - a web and email facility for posting questions and obtaining answers.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on the basis of two assessments, one written and one oral, which you complete in the first and second term, and a portfolio of online work completed with Rosetta Stone.

Both the assessments and the portfolio will consist of different tasks designed to determine your overall language proficiency in different areas of language learning.

Fees

All students are entitled to one fully-subsidised Languages for All module alongside their degree course regardless of their year of study. If you would like to learn more than one language on your first year with LfA or continue learning in subsequent years then a fee is payable, for 2015-16 this is £250 per module.


From important dates, to class information and application progress, our essential information answers your questions, providing you with everything you need to know.

Eligibility

Languages for All is open to all full-time and part-time registered students who are enrolled on a University of Essex course (undergraduate, postgraduate taught, postgraduate research and full-year incoming abroad students). This does not include students studying individual modules or short courses.

Applications for 2015-16 will open on Monday 14 September and can be made online, on this webpage.

Please read and accept our Terms and Conditions before you apply.

What language can you learn?

There are a number of different languages you can learn, depending on which of our campuses you are studying at.

  • Colchester

    1 - Language Express

    You can study Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.

    Choosing the right level

    Level 1 modules are beginner classes if you have no previous knowledge of the language.

    Level 2 modules are post-beginner classes that aim to finish with A1 proficiency level. These are suitable if you have taken Level 1 or have studied the language at GCSE (or equivalent).

    Use our yearly course summaries below to help choose the right level for you:

    2 - Language Portfolio

    You can study French, German, or Spanish through flexible web-based learning alongside your main course.

  • Southend

    Language Express

    You can study French, German, or Spanish.

    Choosing the right level

    Level 1 modules are beginner classes if you have no previous knowledge of the language (French, Spanish and German).

    Level 2 modules are post-beginner classes that aim to finish with A1 proficiency level. These are suitable if you have taken Level 1 or have studied the language at GCSE, or equivalent (French and Spanish).

    Use our yearly course summaries below to help choose the right level for you:


  • Loughton

    Language Express

    Structured, taught programme consisting of evening classes (usually 6-8pm) in beginners French for two terms (19 weeks).

    Choosing the right level

    Level 1 modules are beginner classes if you have no previous knowledge of the language.

    Our course summary below outlines what you can expect to learn:


Contact us

Come and see us in our office (4.303A), on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.45am - 12.30pm and 2-4pm, and Thursdays from 9.45am-12.00pm, or by appointment.

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Other ways to learn a language

There are three other ways for you to learn languages at Essex, if Languages for All is not for you - as your degree, choose a module or Essex Modern Language Certificates.