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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.

Semester 1 - 2024/25

Our next language courses will take place in Semester 1 from Monday 7th October to Friday 13th December 2024 and the details, including how to book, will be announced two weeks before courses start.

Easter and Summer Intensive courses

We offer a variety of Easter and Summer Intensive language courses and these usually take place on a Monday to Friday for five hours each day. Each course comprises 20 hours of teaching and courses are aimed at complete beginners (stage 1) or pre-intermediate (stage 2) and cover the basics of the given language. 

Easter Intensive Courses

Our next Easter Intensive Courses will take place at the Avenue Campus in Spring 2025 and details, including how to book, will be announced two weeks before courses start.

Summer Intensive Courses

Our next Summer Intensive courses will take place from Monday 3rd June to Friday 7th June and Monday 10th June to Friday 14th June 2024.

The timetable will be confirmed in May and bookings will open on our Online Store two weeks before courses start.

Please see the timetable below in the section headed Summer Intensive Courses.

For further details, including how to book, please visit our Online Store.

Weekly Language Opportunity Courses

Our next round of weekly courses will take during Semester 1 and Semester 2 - 2024/25 and details will be announced two weeks before bookings open.

Easter Intensive Courses

Our Easter Intensive courses will take place at the Avenue Campus from Monday 15 April to Friday 19 April 2024.
All courses are suitable for complete beginners.

For further details, including how to book, please visit our Online Store.

CourseDayTime
Arabic 1a Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm
French 1a

Monday 9am to 11am and midday to 2pm
Tuesday 9am to 11am and midday to 2pm
Wednesday 9am to 11am and 11:30 to 2pm
Thursday 9am to 11am and midday to 2pm
Friday 9am to 11am and 11:30 to 2pm
French 1a Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm
Friday 9am to midday
German 1a Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm
Friday 10am to midday
Japanese 1a Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm
Italian 1a Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm
Friday 9am to 1:30pm
Mandarin Chinese 1a Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm
Portuguese 1a Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm
Russian 1a Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm
Spanish 1a Monday 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday 2pm to 7pm
Thursday 2pm to 7pm
Friday 9am to 2pm
Spanish 1a Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm

 

  • all courses take place at Avenue Campus
  • stage 1a courses are aimed at beginners
  • they are a great way to learn a language
  • places are limited so please make sure the course you choose doesn’t clash with other commitments

For further information and to book, please visit our Online Store.

If you have any questions, please email us at languageopportunity@soton.ac.uk

Summer Intensive Courses

We look forward to welcoming University of Southampton students to our Summer Intensive courses which will take place at our Avenue Campus in June. These free Language Opportunity courses are only for current students of the University. When booking, please ensure you set up your Online Store account with your student email address and provide your student ID when prompted.  

Stage 1a courses are aimed at complete beginners and cover the basics of the given language. 

Stage 1b courses follow on from stage 1a and they are suitable for students who have completed stage 1a. 
Bookings will open on Wednesday 15 May 2024 at 1pm. For further details, including how to book, please visit our Online Store.

Week 1: Monday 3 to Friday 7 June 2024 

Course Day Time 
Arabic 1a  Monday to Friday  09:00 to 14:00 
French 1a  Monday to Friday  09:00 to 14:00 Monday to Thursday & 09:00 to 13:00 Friday 
German 1a  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00 
Japanese 1a  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00 
Mandarin Chinese 1a  Monday to Friday  09:00 to 14:00 
Russian 1a  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00 
Spanish 1a  Monday to Friday 

10:00 to 15:00

Week 2: Monday 10 to Friday 14 June 2024 

Course Day Time 
Arabic 1b  Monday to Friday  09:00 to 14:00 
French 1a  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00 
French 1b  Monday to Friday  09:00 to 14:00 
Italian 1b  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Friday & 10:30 to 15:30 Thursday 
Japanese 1b  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00 
Mandarin Chinese 1b  Monday to Friday  09:00 to 14:00 
Spanish 1b  Monday to Friday  10:00 to 15:00 

 

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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