Learning a language
BY University of Reading 10 April 2017
The University offers Institution Wide Language Programmes (IWLP) to everyone within the University community. Over 900 people choose one of the languages every year. The course may be taken as part of your degree as a 20 credit module, or for personal development. There are 10 different languages on offer, and they’re taught at five different levels, from absolute beginner on-wards. You will be assessed as part of the application process to make sure that you are placed in the correct class. The 10 languages on offer are:
- Chinese Mandarin
- Modern Greek
- British Sign Language (BSL)
Classes are free if you're taking a credit bearing module as part of your course, but there is a cost if you'd like to learn a language alongside your studies.
Why Learn a Language?
75% of the population don’t speak any English, so learning a new language opens you up to a large number of new people and new experiences. It's also a skill which is hugely valued by many employers. The Institution Wide Language Programme offer plenty of reasons to give it a go!
How will you learn?
Each class helps to develop the four key language skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing. Learning is done in a very interactive manner; the best way you will learn is to be actively involved both inside and outside of the class hours. A variety of media and technology will be used in order to make your experience effective and enjoyable. You will also gain insight into the culture of the countries where your target language is spoken and an appreciation of people from different cultural backgrounds. Find out more on IWLP's pages.