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  • Languages currently offered are  Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish 
  • Courses are available at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels
  • Part I runs from October to December and Part II runs from January to May. Please click on the links in the language-specific sections below to download module specifications. 
  • Please read the Languages for All Learning Agreement available online before applying

 If you have any questions, please contact  languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk 

NB: We reserve the right to cancel a class if there are insufficient enrolments

  • Beginners classes are meant for complete beginners but may include false beginners with minimal experience or no formal qualification, up to students with a GCSE grade C or below.
  • Intermediate classes are open to holders of a GCSE A-B or equivalent, and to students with AS level grade C or below.
  • Advanced classes are open to holders of AS level A-B or equivalent.

The Course Director will determine which level of study is appropriate for each student (beginners, intermediate or advanced) based on the information that you supply on your application form.  If you are enrolling on an intermediate or advanced module, you may be required to take a test to check your language level.

Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others in their language helps diminish the communication barrier different languages can at times cause. Arabic has become increasingly popular due to the rising employment opportunities in Arab countries and the growing tourism interest in Arabic speaking countries. Arabic is the official language in Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, Palestine and Western Sahara. Arabic is very important for Muslims across the world due to the Holy Quran being written in Arabic. The English language includes a lot words derived from Arabic vocabulary, for example they have words like admiral, alcohol, algebra, algorithm, alkaline, amber, assassin, candy, coffee, tariff, hazard, lemon and many others.

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Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others in their language helps diminish the communication barrier different languages can at times cause. French is the official language of France with up to 88% of the population speaking French as their first language. French is also spoken in other countries like Monaco, Luxembourg, some parts of Belgium and Switzerland, parts of North and Central Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Madagascar. French is the second most widely learned foreign language in the world making it a favourite amongst students. 

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Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others in their language helps diminish the communication barrier different languages can at times cause. German is a very descriptive language and is among the most widely spoken languages around Europe. German is the official language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland and is also widely spoken around other parts of Europe such as Eastern parts of Belgium and Northern Italy.

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Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and  general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others in  their language helps diminish the communication barrier different languages  can at times cause. Japanese is the national language of Japan and is primarily  spoken in Japan which has a population of over 25 million people. If you intend  to learn Korean at some point, having prior knowledge of Japanese can  immensely help as both languages are grammatically very similar.

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Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and  general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others in  their language helps diminish the communication barrier different languages  can at times cause. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more than one billion  people around the world. Mandarin is the official language of Mainland China  and Taiwan and is also widely spoken in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia,Macau and Indonesia by people of Chinese origin who also speak Cantonese  and Hokkien. Understanding Mandarin will allow you to communicate with  most likely anyone in China and Taiwan.

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Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others in their language helps diminish the communication barrier different languages can at times cause. Portuguese shares many words with the romance languages like Spanish, Italian and French making some words very similar. Portuguese is the official language in Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Cape Verde and a few others. Portuguese is also widely spoken in Macau, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea. 


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Learning another language has become increasingly important as people understand the importance of a second language in education, career and  general everyday communication. Being able to communicate with others  in their language helps diminish the communication barrier different  languages can at times cause. Spanish is the official language of Spain. It's  also primarily spoken in countries like Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru,Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay,Costa Rica, Panama and Uruguay. Those who speak English tend to find it  easier to learn Spanish as English and Spanish share many words of Latin  origin. Spanish is known to be a romance language as it belongs to the  Latin origin. Languages belonging to the Latin origin often share a very  similar grammatical structure and have many similarities in vocabulary.Learning Spanish will help you learn and understand other Romance  languages such as French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian.

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How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced language instructors who are all (near) native speakers of the language they teach. The target language (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish) will be used as the primary medium of instruction and interaction, to enable you to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing from the beginning. Multimedia materials are regularly used in class and to support teaching.

How much work will be involved?

As a rough guide, you should aim to spend three hours in private or guided study activities for every hour of class time. Continual reinforcement is essential in language learning, and to encourage this, regular assessed assignments are set during the course of the year. The positive consequence of this is that you should find that the end of year revision is less demanding than for more exam-based modules.

Is the number of places restricted?

Yes, there is a limit of 25 students per language group.

Where can I find out more about the module and resources available to me? 

All module descriptions can be found in the language-specific text above. Once you are enrolled on the programme, you will be given access to the Undergraduate Handbook on the School intranet (current LSS students will have access to the intranet already). 

What other resources are available to me?

You can support in-class tuition by watching news bulletins in the foreign language, listening to the radio and accessing interactive software in the School of Languages and Social Sciences open-access computer laboratory. Resources within our e-learning centre are also available to all students.

When do classes take place?  

Classes take place either during the standard University teaching day or in the early evening between 4.00 and 8.00 pm, and are structured around undergraduate timetables. They are held every week from week 1 to week 11, and from week 14 to week 24. They are 2 hour sessions, most commonly held late in the afternoon or in the early evening. In addition, several hours per week should be devoted by the student to independent language practice outside the classroom in order to complete work set by the tutor, and practise reading, writing and listening skills.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment is by a short oral presentation and discussion, a 30 minute class listening test, and a 2 hour examination. The exam includes grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading and written comprehension, and written composition.  Feedback is given for learning purposes throughout the module in the form of informal, verbal comments on weekly activities; both formative and summative feedback are provided on the oral presentation; written feedback is also given as part of the marking process for the exam.