Speaking your language at University open day
Held in Macaulay Hall, at the University’s Headingley Campus, the open days will run from 12pm-2pm and then 6pm-8pm on Wednesday 16 September and from 11am-4pm on Thursday 24 September. An additional open day will be held at the Rose Bowl at Leeds Beckett’s City Campus on Wednesday 23 September from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
Whether you want to learn a language for the first time, or are looking to brush up on old skills, Leeds Beckett has 15 part-time languages to choose from and more than 30 years’ experience to share. Taught by experienced tutors - many of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach – daytime and evening classes are available. In addition, students can choose to receive a university award after every two full years of study successfully completed, including certificates, diplomas and BA degrees.
Public Relations graduate Wensy Lee decided to combine studying a part-time language with her full-time university degree course. Wensy chose to study Mandarin, highly-valued in the Chinese business economy. Having studied Mandarin at school she was able to slide smoothly into the Intermediate level.
She said: “Being fluent in Cantonese, I was keen to learn another Chinese language to help give me an edge in my career, so decided to take advantage of the part-time Mandarin classes while I was studying for my PR degree. During the course, I learnt with industry professionals who not only interacted using the language, but who also shared their experiences of overseas business travel, further feeding my desire to work with international clients.”
Wensy successfully landed a graduate job with FDM group and, after training, will work with international companies like SKY and HSBC and will have the chance to work in the USA and China.
Adela Bond, Principal Lecturer in Languages at Leeds Beckett, added: “Our part-time language courses give the ideal chance to try that new language you have always wanted to learn for your holidays, for your work or just for pleasure. Learning a language allows you to develop a lifelong skill, whilst connecting with new people and cultures. With so many options of different languages and levels, there is something on offer for everyone.”
Students are able to choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Urdu. Some courses take place during the day and others in the evening at both Headingley and City campuses.
New for this year is a fast-track route from Pre-Intermediate onwards for those who wish to progress at a faster pace with their language studies and/or complete the BA (Hons) degree programme. Students will receive a University award after one full year of study, as opposed to the normal two years. As well as attending language classes, students will work independently with the support and guidance of a personal tutor to gain credits towards their qualification.