Department of languages

Motivated, highly qualified academic teachers and researchers in English and Modern Foreign Languages.

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Who we are

Here at the Department of Languages, we are a group of motivated, highly qualified academic teachers and researchers in English and Modern Foreign Languages.

Our diverse range of courses includes English preparatory provision for undergraduate and postgraduate study, English Language Teaching PG Cert/Masters and a part-time Modern Foreign Languages programme.

Accredited by the British Council

Our teaching

English Language Courses (Pre-Sessional)

No formal qual or credit

10-week Pre-sessional

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No formal qual or credit

Pre-Sessional Course - 20 Weeks

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No formal qual or credit

Pre-Sessional Course - 5 Weeks

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English Language Courses (Foundation Year)

Foundation Certificate

International Foundation Year

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Languages on offer

We offer a range of flexible part-time language courses for beginners upwards, many of our courses are taught by native speakers. Languages currently on offer are:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Find out more about Modern Languages

Discover more about timetables, study levels and course fees.

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Teacher training and language education for your organisation

We offer courses in teacher training and language education, which can be tailored to suit your organisation's learning needs. 

Our bespoke language education courses range from one to 16 weeks and can cover a variety of topics for English language and culture such as education, health, the media and understanding British higher education.

We offer two types of programmes for teachers:

  • Tailored courses that broaden existing teachers’ methodology and teaching techniques. These courses can include school visits to give students a chance to observe and reflect on their own practice
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) courses, ideal for groups of teachers of any subject area, who plan or already deliver their subject in English. These provide a theoretical background and practical implementation of CLIL in schools and universities
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Research and enterprise

Research and enterprise

Our Academic team are involved in a wide range of research projects related to language learning and teaching, actively participating in research networks at a national and international level. Our staff engage in research covering a variety of topics from historical spoken language, interpreting and translation to babbling in infants with Down's Syndrome.

Our individual research interests include corpus linguistics, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and using multimedia for teacher training.

Want to research applied linguistics?

Postgraduate research applications are welcome from candidates who wish to pursue a research interest within the broad fields of applied linguistics, including English language teaching, language acquisition, material development, corpus linguistics, human communication, discourse analysis, translation and interpreting. To find out more visit our Graduate School.

International Conferences

We host a number of international conferences including our established biennial Languages in the Globalised World Conference, which explores language teaching, learning and language skills development. We also hosted the 2017 English Scholars Beyond Borders Conference, which attracts English teachers and scholars from across the globe to expand conceptual horizons.

Languages in the Globalised World Conference

English Scholars Beyond Borders Conference 

English for Academic Purposes

Part-time mODERN languages