Department of Language and Linguistics

Languages for All

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Learn a language alongside your degree

Our award-winning Languages for All programme gives Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost, for one year. Additional tuition in subsequent years is available for a fee.

Languages for All modules don't affect your final degree classification but you can obtain a certification letter to provide evidence of your language skills to future employers.

Our modules also count towards the Big Essex Award - the University’s Employability Award to help identify the skills you've developed at Essex.

Benefits

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.

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.

 

Ways to learn

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 communication 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.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through class tests of your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. If you successfully complete a module, you can request a certification letter with details of your achievement. Your completion can also contribute to the Big Essex Award.

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 2018-19 this is £260 per module.

Language Portfolio

Allows you to study a language through flexible web-based learning alongside your degree, from intermediate to advanced level.

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'll 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.

How you're assessed

You have two assessments - one written and one oral, which you complete in the first and second term. You also complete a portfolio of online work with Rosetta Stone.

The assessments and portfolio consist of different tasks designed to determine your overall language proficiency in different areas of language learning. If you successfully complete a module, you can request a certification letter with details of your achievement. Your completion can also contribute to the Big Essex Award.

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 2018-19 this is £260 per module.

Languages and levels

You can learn a number of different languages at a level that suits your skills, depending on which campus you're studying at.

Colchester

Language Express

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

Choosing the right level

  • Beginner 1 modules are beginner classes if you have no previous knowledge of the language.
  • Beginner 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).

Our yearly course summaries help you choose the right level:

Language Portfolio

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

Southend

Language Express

You can learn French, German or Spanish.

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

Our yearly course summaries outline what you'll learn:

Language Portfolio

You can learn a language at a time and pace that suits you by studying French, German or Spanish through flexible web-based learning alongside your degree.

Loughton

Language Portfolio

You can learn a language at a time and pace that suits you by studying French, German or Spanish through flexible web-based learning alongside your degree.

How to apply

Applications for Languages for All are now open.

Applications can be made online using the link below and must be submitted by 10 October 2018. By submitting an application you confirm that you have read and understood our terms and conditions (.pdf).

A non-refundable module fee of £260 may apply if you are not eligible for a module at no additional cost, as explained in the terms and conditions.

  • I have read and accept the Languages for All terms and conditions and would like to make an application.

Your questions

Read our essential information for everything you need to know about studying a language through Languages for All.

 

 

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.

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