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Languages - Advanced / Conversation & Culture

French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Course aims

To develop the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of registers, contexts and styles, recognising points of view on complex subjects.

Course length

66 hours – usually 33 weekly sessions of 2 hours across 3 terms

Who is this course for?

For those who have:

  • completed Post-Intermediate level
  • previously studied the language for 500 hours minimum
  • completed an B2 qualification in the language (European framework)

If you are interested in a language qualification that will improve your job prospects both in England and abroad, talk to your tutor or visit our website.

Course content

A wide range of topic areas will be covered at this advanced level, including items of current interest, which will extend learners' vocabulary and promote discussion.

For example, discussing and debating current affairs, the target language culture, history, arts, sport and leisure, traditions, food, literature, cinema etc. The tutor will negotiate this list with the group at the start of the course.

How will I be assessed?

This course has no formal qualification; however your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments. A certificate of achievement will be awarded on completion of the course.

Will I gain any qualifications?

French, German and Spanish Advanced – Conversation & Culture Courses:
During the course, you will be given the option to take an International qualification at C1 level in May/June/July 2018.

What could this course lead to?

Continuation course at Advanced level* or an International Qualification at C1 level*
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that this level will be offered as all courses are planned subject to sufficient demand.

How will I learn?

Using the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The emphasis at this level will be on acquiring and practising speaking and listening skills in order to get by in the country. There will be tutor input, group pair and individual work, and use of a range of audiovisual and IT resources. We aim to match the teaching to a wide range of individual learning styles and to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. You will be given homework to complete after each session.

Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn a language. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.

NEW: You will have free access to Rosetta Stone resources for the duration of your course. Your tutor will give you further details at the start of the course.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance. You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen, paper, ring-binder and you may be required to purchase a course book.

Other Information

If you need to purchase a coursebook you can do this from European Schoolbooks Ltd and get a 10% discount.

Go to - Click on Partners,
From the Search Options – Stage 1 dropdown menu - Click on Brasshouse Languages.
A list of books will be displayed per language - Select the book advised by your tutor - Click on Buy Now
Please Note: You do not need to open an account, just click on Checkout as a guest.

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