We have a proven record in teaching students who are learning a language for the first time. You can study a language with us if you have studied any language to the equivalent of GCSE grade A.
We are proud of the results achieved by our students who are new to languages. This year we are running a pilot programme of intensive courses for students with no prior language learning. Please contact Romain Bardot if you would like to find out more about this pilot.
You can study Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish from beginners' or post-GCSE level.
If you choose this option, our intensive language courses will bring you quickly up to full degree standard. You can choose to take French, German and Spanish as your main subject at the end of the first year, whereas you can study Italian and Chinese as a minor.
We support new language learners by providing additional contact hours and assistance such as the use of language labs, self-access materials, virtual learning environments and online resources during your first 2 years.
You will acquire a strong base on which to build and develop familiarity with linguistic concepts and foster a ‘reflective attitude’ on how language works. This will enable you to develop your own autonomous learning strategies.
Our teaching encompasses a broad range of carefully thought through activities that develop mixed forms of learning, as well as guided independent work, and an introduction to cultural aspects in context.
Our students develop a high level of competence. By the time you reach your final year you will be in the same language classes as students who came in through the advanced route, and your level will be comparable.