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Language courses for the community, run by The University of Nottingham, are back this autumn by popular demand.

The evening classes, run by the Language Centre on University Park, will offer — subject to demand — Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

“There are few things more rewarding than learning a new language,” says Maryse Wright, co-ordinator of the Evening Language Classes programme.

“The courses will give people a good footing in the language of their choice. This is invaluable; whether it’s for personal enjoyment, for travel purposes or learning a new skill.”

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The Language Centre is part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, housed in the Trent Building.

Language learning facilities are available to all students and staff at the University, whether they are registered on a language course or not.

The courses run in two sections, ten weeks before Christmas 2010 and ten weeks running up to Easter 2011.

The courses, with an emphasis on communication, are held in small groups with tuition from highly experienced teachers, many of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach - in a relaxed and friendly environment. Anyone on the course has access to a wide range of facilities ranging from computer based learning, audio and video learning as well as satellite programmes and daily newspapers from foreign countries.

Enrolment and information sessions will be held on Monday 13 September, Wednesday 15 September from 18:00 – 20:00 in Room LG6, Trent Building.

For more information please email language-centre@nottingham.ac.uk or phone 0115 846 6799

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More information is available from Maryse Wright on +44 (0)115 846 8368, maryse.wright@nottingham.ac.uk

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