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There are so many advantages to learning a new language. It improves our understanding of others, it boosts our mental flexibility and ability to think quickly, and might stave off dementia.

By offering our language classes both face-to-face in the classroom and online at the same time, we hope to provide students with as much flexibility as possible, to learn in a way that fits in with their busy lives. Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn a new language, there has never been a better time to start.

All students will have the opportunity to attend free online Language Cafes, which are held throughout the academic year, and allow students to socialise with other language learners at all levels of proficiency.

Heather Sharp, a student of Italian at Leeds Beckett University, said: “I have been studying Italian at Leeds Beckett for several years and am happy that I have made the effort to do so. The teachers are not just native speakers but have an excellent knowledge of Italian grammar and are fantastic at explaining some of these difficult concepts. Each year that goes by I feel more confident when I visit Italy that I can converse with Italians and have a pleasant interaction. I think that the lessons offer great value for money, and I have made some lovely friends with like-minded people who share a common goal".

The LanguagED team is based within the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett, and also offers bespoke courses and consultancy services to schools, businesses, and organisations.

Language educators with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can provide information, advice, and guidance to school leadership teams and modern foreign language subject areas at both primary and secondary schools.

The team also specialise in developing and delivering language courses that provide activities within organisations to increase mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Ana Ligero Lasa, a secondary school teacher based in Madrid, said: “My Leeds Beckett course has helped me to think about my teaching and contributed to my professional development. It has been particularly useful to share experiences with the teachers and other students on the course, as this has given me many new ideas which I will take back to my teaching context at home.”

For more information about any of the programmes available through LanguagED, please email ptlanguages@leedsbeckett.ac.uk You can also subscribe to the LanguagED mailing list and follow LanguagED on Twitter.