Find out more about studying Modern Languages with us:
Which languages can I learn?
The full range of languages we now offer is: Arabic, Breton, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish all at different levels.
How can I learn?
Through listening, you will be able to understand what your teacher, your classmates, the TV or radio say to you. You will learn to speak by speaking. You will become confident at expressing your thoughts and opinions, you will get your message across. You will read from adverts, articles, novels and Internet sites. And you will be able to write your own letters, messages and articles in that foreign language. To help you achieve these skills the classes have a relaxed atmosphere. You will be working in groups or pairs, achieving your goals through collaboration. Our most important aim is to develop student skills using communicative language. The emphasis is on oral skills, where grammar fits in naturally as part of language development. We also aim to make the learning as enjoyable as possible and are always open to suggestions so that our classes can suit you better. All our courses are based on the contemporary language and culture of the country you are studying. This authentic approach will make a substantial difference to your learning, and will connect you with the country’s heritage.
We are trying to provide language learning experiences not only to students in our University but to the Community in Powys and Ceredigion. This Academic year we have courses in Machynlleth, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth.
We offer weekly and Intensive courses. We hope our courses are of your liking, and that you enjoy every moment of them, the approach, the methodology, the atmosphere of our classes and our friendly tutors. We are here to help you learn that language.
During the third term, we will continue offering revision courses. We hope these courses will reinforce what you already know, making your learning even more enjoyable and relaxed.
Why learn a language?
People decide to learn a language for many different reasons. Many say that is a key to the understanding of another way of life. Just think about the people, or new places, books, Internet sites, movies and TV programmes you could enjoy. And at the same time, you could develop a much better understanding of other cultures and lifestyles. Languages open doors and if you are able to communicate successfully in a foreign language, the opportunities offered to you will be greater than you think, regardless of the level at which you are studying. When you make the effort to speak a few words of another language, it makes all the difference. Learning a language also means that you can read the newspapers in the foreign languages, which could give you a fresh perspective on world events. Maybe you know your reasons for learning a new language. If you have a clear reason for learning a language, you will be more motivated to succeed and have a clear goal. You know that being able to communicate in the foreign language is very enriching.
Reasons for Learning Languages
"Way of communicating with people from different countries."
"Getting to know the culture of other countries through their language."
"Languages are like keys, they open doors to: Culture and tradition, History, Politics, Art and to people!"
" Being able to communicate with people and understanding their culture as well as history makes life enjoyable and peaceful! "
"Opens up your mind, helps you to talk to more and previously unknown people, and it gives you new perspectives"
Nervous about learning a language?
Don’t be. We are offering you a new world of opportunities. If you join the beginner’s class you will be amazed at what you have achieved by the end of the first semester. If you started learning a language before but stopped for whatever reason you will be welcomed into one of our levels, postbeginners, lower and higher intermediate or advanced. And if you have enough proficiency in a language but never got an official qualification, the courses will provide different stepping stones to further study. Language learning is something that everyone can do, you are never too old or too young to learn a language. Don’t be afraid to try out your language skills anywhere and anytime. But whatever you do, enjoy the learning experience!