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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 2021/22

Semester 1: 18th October 2021 – 10th December 2021 & 10th January 2022 – 21st January 2021 (Christmas Holidays excluded)

Semester 2: 7th February 2022 – 18th March 2022 & 25th April 2022 – 20th May 2022 (Easter Holidays excluded)

Easter Intensive: 21st March 2022 - 25th March 2022

Summer Intensive:  TBC

Weekly Language Opportunity Courses

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We very much look forward to welcoming students to the University in October 2021. While we are planning return to in-person teaching in semester 1, owing to necessary changes to teaching arrangements, all SLO classes will take place ONLINE in semester 1. Classes will have an allocated timeslot and include live teaching sessions via Blackboard as well as activities and resources for you to work through on your own and in groups.

Arabic 1a - Wednesday 14:00-15:00

Mandarin Chinese 1a - Wednesday 14:00-16:00

Dutch 1a - Thursday 16:15-18:15

French 1a - Wednesday 14:00-16:00 or 15:00-17:00

French 2a - Wednesday 16:00-18:00

German 1a - Wednesday 15:00-17:00 or 16:00-18:00

German 2a - Wednesday 16:15-18:15

Italian 1a - Wednesday 16:00-18:00 or 17:00-19:00

Japanese 1a - Thursday 16:30-18:30

Japanese 2a – Tuesday 17:00-19:00

Russian 1a - Wednesday 16:00-18:00

Spanish 1a - Wednesday 17:00-19:00 or 18:00-20:00

Spanish 2a - Wednesday 15:00-17:00

 

Please note: bookings usually open 2 weeks before the start of the course and bookings are made directly on Online Store.

Easter Intensive Courses

We offer a selection of intensive modern language courses designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of the language. These introductory courses focus on teaching you the skills to survive in the country in a range of everyday situations.

Our Easter Intensive courses will be running 21st March – 25th March. Each course comprises 20 hours of learning over five days, 4 hrs a day, usually between 10 am- 3 pm.

 

Summer Intensive Courses

We offer a selection of intensive modern language courses at stage 1 (beginners) with no prior knowledge of the language and stage 2 (pre-intermediate) with some basic skills in the language. These introductory courses focus on teaching you the skills to survive in the country in a range of everyday situations.

Our Summer Intensives: TBC

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:

Phone: 023 8059 3728

Email: LanguageOpportunity@soton.ac.uk

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