A structured taught class outside normal teaching hours that focuses on
everyday communication, reading and writing.
The new language modules in French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish for
Language Express allow you to learn a new language alongside your course. As the
Language Express is taught in the evening for two hours per week it does not
conflict with your timetables during the day.
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); and
- 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.
You can also take advantage of the following
additional language activities to further improve your
- Language Cafés - early evening
conversation classes supported by
Europhones (native-speaking Graduate
- Conversation classes -
laboratory-based evening classes run by
- Film club/events - Europhone-supported
activities around foreign language films
and live TV events
If you're looking for a less formal, but taught language learning experience
then Language Express is for you. Read more about
how it can benefit you.
Helping you choose the right option
How many hours a week will I be expected to study?
A typical module includes two contact hours per week plus two to four hours
of self study time.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by class tests on your reading, writing, listening and
Will Languages for All affect the grades of my main degree
No, they won't. The Languages for All modules are entirely separate from your
main studies and will not affect your final degree in any way. There will be an
entry on your degree transcript for every successfully completed language module
taken via Languages for All, but without grades.
When can I apply?
Applications for Languages for All open at the start of the next academic year (2013-14).
How much does it cost?
Every student at Essex is entitled to one fully-subsidised language learning
activity alongside their degree course. To study through Language Express you
will need to pay £100 deposit, which you will get back on completion of the
course. If you would like to learn more than one language through Language
Express, or in subsequent years, then the cost is £265.