The Language Centre is home to a thriving modern foreign language programme which is open to the general public and Manchester Met students, staff and alumni.
We offer language classes in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.
Our lessons promote activities that engage learners in meaningful and authentic language use, and which require learners to communicate and complete tasks by means of interaction with other learners. This reflects our belief that exposure to authentic written and spoken texts is integral to developing learners’ cultural understanding alongside their communicative competence and accuracy in the language.
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All of our classes are informed by the communicative methodology to language learning and endorse the Language Centre’s Teaching Ethos. Our lessons typically promote activities that engage learners in meaningful and authentic language use, and which require learners to communicate and complete tasks by means of interaction with other learners. As such, you can expect extensive use of pair, group and mingling activities, and use of authentic texts and audio-visual material from your very first lesson. This reflects our belief that exposure to authentic written and spoken texts is integral to developing learners’ cultural understanding alongside their communicative competence and accuracy in the language. Therefore, classes will encourage speaking, reading and listening activities, with writing activities more commonly reserved for homework and/or self-study to consolidate knowledge acquired in the lesson.
Standard classes run from October to June. To complete the course at each level, you will need to study for three terms of 10 weeks (total: 45 hours’ input). We would also expect you to spend a similar amount of time on self-study in order to progress confidently onto the next level.
You are welcome to join a course at any stage, i.e. October (Term 1), January (Term 2) or April (Term 3); however, you are responsible for ensuring you have the requisite knowledge for joining at a given stage. Please refer to our course descriptors for more information. In this way, we can ensure the classes are enjoyable and beneficial for all students. NB. Not all levels are available in every language.
At the beginning of your course (or each term), you will be provided with an indicative scheme of work for the term so you can see what you will be learning week to week. Based on feedback from our learners in previous years, Term 1 Beginner (in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) will have more of a tourist/holiday survival focus.
Before you join a course, please refer to our Course Descriptors to help you decide which level is right for you. We have provided a description of each level, indicative learning outcomes, and an approximate equivalence with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to help you.
Term 1: October – December 2019 (10 weeks)
Term 2: January – March 2020 (10 weeks)
Term 3: April – June 2020 (10 weeks)
NB. On Bank Holidays there will be no classes running. Your tutor will make arrangements for making up the class time with your group, e.g. by extending the course, or by extending the class time over a number of given weeks.
Japanese Class: "Very enjoyable relaxed atmosphere and approachable teacher"
German Class: "The content is very good and the teacher’s enthusiasm greatly helped the term progress."
Mandarin Class: "Wonderfully organised and planned classes. A variety of methods used. Very patient when we make some mistakes over and over- would recommend!"
French Class: "I've really enjoyed the course. I feel a lot more confident with both listening and responding! Thank you!"
Spanish Class: "I enjoyed having a native-speaker teacher who explained the culture and everyday usage of language we are learning."
Japanese Class: "A wonderful teacher; she is always trying to help each individual understand the lesson taught. She is a tribute to the language course!"
German Class: "It’s been a well-pitched class at just the right level for the whole group - the vocabulary has been particularly useful!"
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Please note: The Language Centre reserves the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient demand.
Students will receive detailed course information at least one week before the course begins.