Beginner Language Classes

Classes start in October (term 1), and continue in January (term 2) and April (term 3).

Classes suspended until further notice.

We will contact everyone on our mailing list when we are able to restart face-to-face teaching.

Please email languagecentre@mmu.ac.uk for further information.

Beginner Classes

   

French Beginner (term 3)
Thursdays, 5.30 - 7pm

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German Beginner (term 3)
Tuesdays, 5 - 6.30pm

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Italian Beginner (term 3)
Thursdays, 5.30 - 7pm

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Spanish Beginner (term 2 and term 3)
Term 2:
Tuesdays 5.15 - 6.45pm Term 3: Tuesdays 6.45 - 8.15pm

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Portuguese Beginner (term 3)
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Mandarin Beginner (term 3)

Friday 17:30-19:00

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Russian Beginner (term 3)
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Japanese Beginner (term 3)
Tuesdays 5.30 - 7pm or Wednesdays 5.30 - 7pm

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Arabic Beginner (term 3)
Tuesdays, 6 - 7.30pm

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Beginner Classes Information 

Level

The course runs over 3 terms. By the end of the course, you will be able to perform at CEFR Level A1.

Beginner 1 (Term 1):

Greetings, personal information (name, age, nationality); the alphabet; how the language sounds; classroom vocabulary; around town; opening/closing times; days, months & seasons; at the café/restaurant; weather; culture.

Beginner 2 (Term 2):

Personal information (incl. family, marital status, occupation); my town/area (incl. basic directions), asking for and telling the time; travel; hobbies; culture.

Beginner 3 (Term 3):

Personal information (incl. physical and personality descriptions); daily routine; parts of the house/city; weekend activities; shopping; culture.

Description

This course is for complete beginners, i.e. learners who are new to the language. No prior knowledge is required, although learners may have had some informal exposure to the language previously (e.g. holiday).

Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Indicative Grammar


Arabic Beginner Information

Level

The Beginner course runs over 3 terms. By the end of the course, you will be able to perform at CEFR Level A1.

Beginner 1 (Term 1):

Greetings, personal information (name, job); family members; locating and describing objects; culture. You will also study the Arabic alphabet/script and learn how to read and write in Arabic. Your class time will be split between working on the alphabet/script and communicative activities focusing on the topics above.

Beginner 2 (Term 2):

Personal information (extension); describing objects, places and people; countries & nationalities; numbers 1-10; culture. In addition to classroom oral and communicative activities, you will consolidate and further practise the Arabic script through simple reading and writing activities, some of which will be done as homework.

Beginner 3 (Term 3):

Revision & extension; shopping; colours; food & drinks; reference to the past; culture

Description

This course is for complete beginners, i.e. learners who are new to the language. No prior knowledge is required, although learners may have had some informal exposure to the language previously (e.g. holiday).

Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Indicative Grammar:


Chinese (Mandarin) Beginner Information

 

 

Term 1:

Course description:

This course is suitable for beginners keen to develop basic conversational skills in Chinese and understand basic Chinese characters. Whilst focusing on speaking and listening skills, the tutor will also help students to write and recognise some basic Chinese characters if there is demand. The course covers greetings; introductions; nationalities; professions; enquiring about the date; age and birthday; saying what you do and when.We will complete lesson 1-5 this term, which is half of the textbook ‘Chinese in Steps Volume.1’. If you continue next term, we will compete the whole book, then by the end of 20 weeks, students should be able to attempt the HSK 1 Exam or have reached the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFRL) A1.

Learning outcomes:

 

Term 2:

Course description:

The course continues from Term 1 and covers talking about likes and dislikes; what one should and shouldn’t do; favourites; ordering simple food and drink; family; expressing states; talking about the weather and seasons; making comparisons and giving suggestions; talking about going and coming somewhere to do something; and methods of transport..We will complete lesson 6-10 this term, which is the second half of the textbook. By the end of term 2, students should be able to attempt the HSK 1 Exam or the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFRL) A1.

Learning outcomes:

Term 3:

Course description:

This term focuses on three language skills: reading, speaking and listening. The course covers enquiring about location; giving directions; enquiring about price; bargaining; Chinese currency; telling the time; enquiring about opening/closing times; enquiring about timings and distances; more detailed directions; going to the doctors; expressing a change in state or condition; contrast between past and present; asking about exchange rates and currencies; ask for and give specific information of a past action; express the length of an accomplished action; asking and saying how far one place is from another.

Learning outcomes:

 


Japanese Beginner Information

Level

The course runs over 3 terms. By the end of the course, you will be able to perform at CEFR Level A1. There are three types of character in Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji).

Beginner 1 (Term 1):

Japanese characters & sounds; greetings; giving personal information (name, age, job, nationality, location); numerals; family members; time; business hours; writing learner’s own name in Katakana; culture.

Beginner 2 (Term 2):

Shopping (daily essentials); money & prices; saying where an item from; time expressions; days of the week & dates; daily routine; weekly schedule; writing Hiragana; culture.

Beginner 3 (Term 3):

Daily actions & plans; directions & locations; food & drinks; ordering at a restaurant; shopping (clothes); writing Katakana; culture.

Description

This course is for complete beginners, i.e. learners who are new to the language.

No prior knowledge is required, although learners may have had some informal exposure to the language previously (e.g. holiday).

Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Indicative Grammar:


Russian Beginner Classes Information 

Level

The course runs over 3 terms. During the course you will be working towards CEFR Level A1.

Beginner 1 (Term 1): 

Greetings;
phonetics,
alphabet, rules of reading; personal
information (name, profession, hobbies); family members; classroom
vocabulary; around town.

Beginner 2 (Term 2): 

Personal belongings; cities and countries; leisure time; numbers; days, months & seasons; weather.

Beginner 3 (Term 3): 

Daily routine and activities; describing people, things and places; holidays.

Description

This course is for complete beginners, i.e. learners who are new to the language. No prior knowledge is required, although learners may have had some informal exposure to the language previously (e.g. holiday).

Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Indicative Grammar 

Evening Language Classes