In addition to the In-Sessional modules and classes, there are many other ways of developing your language skills while you are at the University. Here are some of them.
There are a many websites that can help you to develop your English language. Below are some of the most useful ones. If you would like to know more about these or find out about more websites, ask your In-sessional English teacher or make a one-to-one appointment with a teacher in the Open Access Centre.
Tandem Learning is when you find a partner who wants to learn your language and you want to learn theirs. You arrange to meet as frequently as you like, for as long as you like and you teach each other. Usually, tandem partners meet for two hours a week and spend one hour learning and one hour teaching.
The Open Access Centre can help you find a tandem learning partner - ask at reception.
Another way to find a tandem partner is by talking to people that you meet and asking them. In the past, many people have found tandem partners through mutual friends or through student societies.
Another way is to put your own advertisement up on notice boards around the University (usually you need permission from the office of the academic school that the notice board belongs to). This can be useful as you might find a tandem partner who is knowledgeable in your academic subject area. You could also get a non-native speaker to teach you English if their English is at a higher level than yours. And, it doesn’t just have to be English!
Joining a student society or athletic union sports club will help you to integrate with all nationalities of students. The range of societies is wide and you should find something you are interested in. The Students’ Union has information about societies and Athletic Union (AU) clubs.
One of the best ways to meet a wider variety of English-speaking people and gain some good work experience is by volunteering. A good place to look for opportunities is Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN) which is based in the Students’ Union building.
HOST UK is an organisation that helps to arrange short breaks with families in the UK at any time of the year. You can find details about it from the HOST website. If you wish to apply, you need to get the permission of your academic school.
This is a great way to experience daily life and meet a wider variety of people. You could also earn yourself some money and some good work experience! For more information and advice visit the Careers Service website or talk a member of Careers Service staff.