Speaking your language at Leeds Beckett
The five-week courses will run in French, Italian, German and Spanish and will start on Monday 15 June at the University’s Headingley Campus. With classes running for one and a half hours per week and groups at a maximum of 15, students will be able to take part in group work, discussions and debates appropriate to their level of language competence.
Both daytime and evening classes are available. All courses cost £50 and are not suitable for beginners, elementary or pre-intermediate students and do not lead to a formal qualification.
Speaking about the courses, Adela Bond, Principal Lecturer in Languages at Leeds Beckett, said: “The Summer Conversation Classes are held at three levels of proficiency and are the ideal opportunity for people to brush up on and develop their existing skills further. The courses are short and flexible and held at a choice of times, making it easier for anyone interested in enrolling to match it to their work pattern and commitments.”
The intermediate and upper intermediate conversation class is for those who can communicate in relation to simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar, everyday matters. Students would be expected to be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background and immediate environment.
The advanced conversation class is aimed at people who can understand the main points of language that are likely to come up in situations encountered in environments such as work, school, or leisure. Students should be able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken and also be able to describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
The proficiency class is aimed at those who can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. Participants should be able to explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages.