The Language Centre at the University of Nottingham (part of the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies) offers the chance to incorporate the study of a language into most degree programmes, with more than 1,200 students per semester now enrolling on a language module.
The very nature of most teaching groups creates an international dimension. The participants include students from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds from most schools and departments in the University. By working together they are able to demonstrate a critical awareness of their own culture and that of others.
The curriculum covers up to six stages. You enter at the point which corresponds to your current level of the target language and cover one stage per year. The aim of all stages is to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The subject matter for this includes ways of communicating as a world citizen and aspects of global and social responsibility.
The Language Centre currently offers thirteen languages, and modules consist of three hours of class contact time per week, plus a recommended minimum of three hours of self-study.
More detailed information about the languages offered, modules, staff and facilities can be found on the Language Centre web site:
The Language Centre
“Over two thirds of employers (71%) are not satisfied with the language skills of young people and over half (51%) perceive shortfalls in their international cultural awareness.”
British Academy: ‘Language Matters More and More’ January 2011