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Southampton Language Opportunity

The Southampton Language Opportunity provides you with the opportunity to study a language free of charge, alongside your degree programme. The scheme is funded by the Southampton Opportunity and managed by Modern Languages and Linguistics. The classes offer no formal qualification or provide any credit, but are perfect for those wanting to start a new language or polish up on previous skills.

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What is Southampton Language Opportunity?

Studying at Southampton brings with it the opportunity to prepare yourself to be a transnational graduate. You can now study a language for free alongside your degree programme with no assessment. Whatever your area of study, whatever your time commitment, there is a language opportunity for you.

Language stages

All our courses are arranged by stage. A full stage 1 and 2 course will consist of 60 hours of study normally arranged in three parts i.e. 1a, 1b & 1c. During the academic year, we normally offer part 1a or 1b either as a weekly course or as an Easter Intensive course. Part 1c is usually offered as Summer Intensive.

The following descriptions should help you choose the right stage. All courses are marked with their name and stage, both on our website and the Online Store.

Stage 1 (Beginners)

This Stage is aimed at students with no or very little previous knowledge. You will learn the basic grammatical structures and pronunciation of the language and a wide range of commonly used vocabulary. By the end of this course, you should be able to participate in simple conversations on everyday topics and to read and write short texts. You should be able to ‘get by' in everyday situations like travelling, asking directions, shopping, ordering meals, talking about yourself, your family and your interests at a basic level.

In popular European languages, Stage 1 aims to get you to a standard approximately equivalent to GCSE. (In non-European languages, your reading and writing skills may be less advanced.)

Stage 2 (Pre-Intermediate)

This Stage is suitable for you if you feel confident getting by in everyday situations like travelling, asking directions, shopping, ordering meals, talking about yourself, your family, your interests at a basic level. It is also aimed at students who have attended a part-time course for one year and made very rapid progress, or studied at a more leisurely pace for two years and now feel ready to learn a range of more advanced structures and extend their vocabulary beyond the basic level. If you wish to study a popular European language, you should have a good GCSE standard to start Stage 2. (In languages with a different written script to English, your reading and writing skills may be slightly less advanced.)

If you are studying a popular European language, by the end of Stage 2 you should have achieved AS level/lower ‘A' level standard. (In non-European languages, your reading and writing skills may be slightly less advanced.)

Languages courses

Weekly language courses: These courses are available during the academic year for you to take alongside your main studies and are generally held in the evenings or on a Wednesday afternoon. Contact hours are twenty hours over the term and independent study time is up to the individual. There is no formal assessment. 

Intensive language courses: These language stage courses are available during holiday breaks (Easter and Summer). Each course comprises 20 hours of learning over five days. All courses are aimed at complete beginners (stage 1) or pre-intermediate (stage 2) and cover the basics of the given language.   

How can I book onto these courses?

Please ensure you only book your course after your class timetable is confirmed to avoid a clash on your timetable.

Visit the Online Store once the bookings are opened, which is 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Due to the high demand for our Language Opportunity courses, please ensure that you are fully committed to learning a language as free places are limited.  If you are no longer able to attend the course you must notify us immediately so that your space can be offered to another student.

Term dates for 2022/23

Semester 1: 17 October 2022 to 16 December 2022 & 9 January to 13 January 2023 (Christmas Holidays excluded)

Semester 2: 6 February 2023 to 24 March 2023 & 24 April 2023 to 12 May 2023 (Easter Holidays excluded)

Easter Intensive: 27 March to 31 March 2023

Summer Intensive: 

Week 1: 5 June to 9 June 2023

Week 2: 12 June to 16 June 2023

Weekly Language Opportunity Courses

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We look forward to welcoming students to the University and teaching will continue in person. Classes will take place across our Highfield, Avenue and Winchester Campuses.

Please note, stage 2b courses are ideal for students who have completed stage 2a or who have a good GCSE standard in the language. Please refer to the Stage 2 (Pre-Intermediate) paragraph above.

Timetable for Semester 2

Level or StageDurationDayTime  Location
Arabic 1a                10 weeks    Wednesday    1 to 3 pm    Avenue campus      
Dutch 1a 10 weeks Thursday 6 to 8 pm Avenue campus
French 1a 10 weeks Tuesday 5 to 7 pm Avenue campus
French 2b 10 weeks Wednesday 4 to 6 pm Avenue campus
German 1a 10 weeks Wednesday 4 to 6 pm Avenue campus
German 2b 10 weeks Tuesday 4.30 t 6.30 pm   Highfield Campus
Greek 1a 10 weeks Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Highfield Campus
Italian 1a 10 weeks Tuesday 5 to 7 pm Winchester School of Art  
Italian 1a 10 weeks Wednesday 4 to 6 pm Highfield Campus
Japanese 1a 10 weeks Monday 5 to 7 pm Avenue campus
Japanese 2b 10 weeks Tuesday 5 to 7 pm Avenue campus
Mandarin Chinese 1a     10 weeks Wednesday 2 to 4 pm Avenue campus
Portuguese 1a 10 weeks Wednesday 4 to 6 pm Highfield Campus
Russian 1a 10 weeks Wednesday 6 to 8 pm Avenue campus
Spanish 1a 10 weeks Wednesday 6 to 8 pm Avenue campus
Spanish 1a 10 weeks Wednesday 5 to 7 pm Winchester School of Art
Spanish 2b 10 weeks Wednesday 6.30 to 8.30 pm  Avenue campus

 

Bookings usually open 2 weeks before the start of the course and are made directly by the Online Store.

If you wish to cancel your booking, please email LanguageOpportunity@soton.ac.uk

Easter Intensive Courses

Our Easter Intensive courses will be running face-to-face on the Avenue Campus from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March 2023. Each course comprises 20 hours of learning over five days, 4 hours a day, usually between 10am and 3pm.

A selection of Easter Intensive courses will be listed in the near future.

Summer Intensive Courses

Our Summer Intensive courses will be running face-to-face on the Avenue Campus.

Week 1: 5 June to 9 June 2023

Week 2: 12 June to 16 June 2023

Each course comprises 20 hours of learning over five days, 4 hours a day, usually between 10am and 3pm.

A selection of Summer Intensive courses will be listed in the near future.

Please note:

All Language Opportunities are subject to availability and places on these courses are very limited. Students are entitled to attend one free language opportunity course per term as a student at the University of Southampton. If you have already attended a Language Opportunity course, or have not secured your place, you can still attend language courses through Lifelong Learning at a discounted student rate.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the courses or booking, you can contact us by emailing LanguageOpportunity@soton.ac.uk

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