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Languages – Beginners

Course aims

By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand and use simple phrases and questions to exchange information in familiar situations in the target language.

Course length

22 hours – usually 11 weekly sessions of 2 hours across a term.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the language.

Course content

Learners will acquire basic knowledge of:

  • personal information (e.g. nationality, family, occupation)
  • eating and drinking (e.g. ordering food and drinks in cafés and restaurants)
  • shopping and services (e.g. post office, hotel booking, directions, travelling)
  • introduction to the language alphabet (for non-Roman script languages)
  • formal and informal language if appropriate
  • negative structure
  • words used to link ideas e.g. and, but, also
  • how to ask questions
  • the basic rules of pronunciation
  • simple structures to express like / dislike
  • present tense / timeframe with frequently used verbs / structures
  • basic numerical data.

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.

What could this course lead to?

A course at Beginners Plus*
*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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