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Preparatory courses

As well as the information below, students intending to be Language Assistants may be interested in the Introduction to TEFL course.

Language courses

Studying in another European country under Erasmus+ (or at some of our international partners) will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to improve your language skills. While some of our partner institutions offer courses in English, a working knowledge of the language of the country you are visiting will benefit you greatly. Whether socialising, shopping, dealing with bureaucracy, or finding a part-time job, having some language skills will give you the confidence to make the most of your time abroad.

Erasmus+ Intensive Language Courses (EILCs)

EILCs, a European Commission supported scheme, are specialised courses in the less widely used and less taught European languages of countries participating in Erasmus+. The courses are open to Erasmus+ students travelling to a country with a language other than French, German or Spanish. EILCs give Erasmus+ students the opportunity to study the language of the host country for 3-8 weeks, in the host country, prior to the start of an exchange programme.

For further information on these courses, please contact the CSA team. See also the UK Erasmus+ National Agency site for details.

Evening classes

Within the University, the evening language courses offers evening classes in a variety of languages throughout the two semesters. Courses last for 10 weeks and, depending on resources and demand, may be available from beginners to advanced level.

Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED)

CEED provide short programmes for students to help them enhance their workplace skills. This could be highly beneficial if you are about to embark on a British Council Placement or an Independent Work Placement. There are over 30 skill topics on offer, from how to be a team leader to time management skills and what’s more, they are all completely free. The courses come in the form of online workshops to lunchtime/evening workshops so as to fit around your timetable. There is no need to book, just come along to a session that interests you.

CEED also run a programme called the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC) which is a great resource for students considering a Work Placement. It consists of over 40 different skills topics that are delivered through a mixture of evening/lunchtime lectures, online workshops and practical skills sessions. There’s everything from project management, professional conduct, presentations, to assertiveness and team-working.

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