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New! Language Conversation Groups

The Language Resource Centre will be offering the following Conversation Groups this term (subject to minimum numbers signing up).

These regular weekly language groups are led by native speaking students and are intended to provide an informal and relaxed way to practice language skills.

Sign Up!

If you are interested in signing up this term, fill out the online form.

Update

Most of the groups are now full, but there are still a few places in the Chinese and Portuguese groups. There are also places on an additional German Advanced Conversation group on Fridays at 12.00-13.00.

Language and levelTimeDayStart dayEnd dateNumber of sessions
Chinese          
Beginners 11.00-12.00 Wednesday 15 February 2017 22 March 2017 6
Intermediate 10.00-11.00 Monday  13 February 2017 20 March 2017 6
Advanced 11.00-12.00 Monday 13 February 2017 20 March 2017 6
English          
Intermediate 12.00-13.00 Thursday 16 February 2017 23 March 2017 6
Advanced (IELTS 7+) 11.00-12.00 Thursday 16 February 2017 23 March 2017 6
French          
Beginners 15.00-1600 Monday 6 February 2017 20 March 2017 7
Intermediate 14.00-15.00 Tuesday 7 February 2017 21 March 2017 7
Advanced (1) 14.00-15.00 Wednesday 8 February 2017 22 March 2017 7
Advanced (2) 15.00-16.00 Wednesday 8 February 2017 22 March 2017 7
German          
Beginners 11.00-12.00 Thursday 9 February 2017  23 March 2017 7
Intermediate 14.00-15.00 Friday 17 February 2017 24 March 2017 6
Advanced (1) 10.00-11.00 Thursday 9 February 2017 23 March 2017 7
Advanced (2) 12.00-13.00 Friday 17 February 2017 24 March 2017 6
Portuguese          
Beginners 12.00-13.00 Wednesday 15 February 2017 22 March 2017 6
Advanced 12.00-13.00 Tuesday 14 February 2017 21 March 2017 6
Russian          
Beginners 12.00-13.00 Thursday 16 February 2017 23 March 2017 6
Spanish          
Beginners tbc tbc tbc tbc tbc
Intermediate tbc tbc tbc tbc tbc
Advanced (1) 13.00-14.00 Monday 6 February 2017 20 March 2017 7
Advanced (2) 13.00-14.00 Wednesday 8 February 2017 22 March 2017 7

FAQs

Which level group should I join?

As an approximate guideline:

English groups: Advanced is for IELTS 7+. Intermediate for IELTS 7 and below.

Other groups

  • intermediate groups are roughly Level A2/B1 (CEFR) or GCSE and above
  • advanced groups are roughly Level B2 (CEFR) or A Level and above
  • beginners groups are for those with no or little previous knowledge of the language

Can I sign up to more than one group?

Yes, you can sign up to as many groups as you like. However you will only be allocated a place in one group per language.

What’s the difference between Advanced Spanish/French (1) and (2)?

There is no difference in the level or content of these groups. The second groups are simply additional duplicate groups to cater for increased demand.

You are welcome to sign up for both sessions to maximize your chances of getting a place, however you will only be allocated a space in one group (per language).

How are places allocated?

Spaces in the groups are limited to a maximum of 8-12 people. Priority is given to anyone on reserve lists from the previous term, thereafter places are allocated on a first come - first served basis.

Complete the form to register your interest and we will send you an email to confirm whether or not you have a place. Anyone unsuccessful will be added to the reserve list and will be contacted should a space become available.

What happens if I can’t attend all the sessions?

When you sign up for a group, you will be expected to attend all the advertised sessions for the term where possible.

Please let us know (email language.resource@ncl.ac.uk ) if you can’t attend a session for any reason, or if your circumstances change and you no longer wish to attend.

Many groups have waiting lists so students missing 2 sessions without contact may have their place offered to someone on the reserve list.

Can I suggest another language group that you currently don’t offer?

Yes, the same registration form can be used to tell us about your interest in a language or level currently not on offer. If there’s sufficient demand and budget available, it may be offered in the future.

published on: 26 January 2017