Grasp global opportunities by learning a language whilst studying or working at the University of Salford. 75% of the World's population don't speak any English so there is a growing demand for UK graduates and businesses to be able to communicate in another language and to understand foreign cultures.
We are passionate about teaching language and our classes are student-centred and designed to develop your practical language skills at different levels, in a friendly, supportive environment.
All courses are over two semesters with a choice of daytime and evening sessions to fit around your other commitments. You will have two contact hours per week, with experienced language tutors, mostly native speakers of that language. This means you get around 50 hours of supported learning to help you progress and consolidate your learning around the four core skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. You will also benefit from extra practice materials and activities provided through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.
The module content is very practical, preparing you for using the language in your future career, whether in the UK or abroad. The lower Stages will help you cope with everyday situations abroad or when dealing with visitors; the higher Stages aim to develop your ability to use the language more widely in a professional context.
You will develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through class work, incorporating pair work and group work. When you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to communicate at a basic level in various everyday situations, be able to understand and write simple messages and have some understanding of the way of life in the countries where the language is spoken.
Each language is taught at four different levels called 'Stages'. You can improve your existing skills or start learning a new language from scratch. Stages are allocated based on previous experience and/or qualifications in the language.
That will depend on what experience you already have (if any) of learning the language. As a general rule, even if you last studied the language a long time ago, you should join the Stage that matches any qualifications you have (see prerequisites).
No previous experience or Grade D or below at GCSE (or equivalent)
A1+, Grade A*-C at GCSE (or equivalent), or a pass at Stage 1
A2, Pass at AS level up to grade C (or equivalent) or a pass at Stage 2
A2+ OR B1/UK Pass at AS level at grade A or B (or equivalent),pass at A2 level up to grade D (or equivalent), or a pass at Stage 3
If you have grade A-C at A2 (or equivalent) or have already completed Stage 4 in a particular languages, you are deemed to have enough knowledge of that language to cope quite well abroad, so we encourage you to choose a different language.
For further information on language levels in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages please click the link here. It will allow you to self-check your language level against the CEFR descriptors.
More information can be found at:
All staff and students at the University of Salford are able to study on the non-credit bearing option providing they have agreement with their line manager / Personal Tutor that participation in the programme will not negatively impact on their work, academic performance or other University commitments. Some programmes offer the University-Wide Language Programme modules as a credit-bearing optional module. You can find a full list of eligible programmes here.
If you are unsure whether your programme offers a language module, please ask your Programme Leader or email email@example.com - we’re happy to help with this and any other languages related queries.
The courses are available to members of public, with family and friends of all staff members eligible to receive a 25% discount in fees. For more information on the external offering please visit salford.ac.uk/language-courses.
Summative assessments take place at the end of Semester 2 for students enrolled on credit-bearing modules. The marks obtained will contribute towards your level mark for that year.
For participants following a non-credit bearing course, if you wish to obtain a certificate you can sit the summative assessments at end of semester 2. The certificate is not a recognised qualification but will indicate your language level in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is internationally recognised as an assessment of foreign language proficiency.
More information on the structure of your Oral, Reading and Writing Assessment:
The enrolment process has two simple steps:
STEP 1. Select the University Wide Language Programme (UWLP) via Online Module Enrolment (OME) instead of one of your usual optional modules.
STEP 2. You will then be prompted to fill in an online application form to select the specific language you wish to study* (you will be asked to select a 2nd choice as well)
*Please note: If you fail to complete step 2, you will not be enrolled and may not be able to secure a place.
Changing your optional modules
If you would like to change one of your optional modules, you are permitted to request this change up to the end of the second week of teaching of either module. If you have any questions about changing your modules please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To enrol onto one of the courses please follow these simple instructions:
STEP 1. Click here to book a course.
STEP 2. Once you have booked onto a course - payment, or part-payment must be received within one week of the Course starting to remain eligible to attend classes. To make a payment please visit the online shop http://shop.salford.ac.uk/
The fees for each yearlong non-credit bearing course (running approximately for 24 weeks) is £200 which includes the exam, invigilation and certificate. Payment must be received within one week of the Course starting to remain eligible to attend classes.
There is no extra charge on top of tuition fees for the credit-bearing module.
You should also consider further costs to learning which will include stationery and some printing. Use will be made of textbooks so you are encouraged to purchase your own copy of the class text book/s to support self-study and can cost around £20.
In addition to the Academic Regulations, Salford Languages has the following terms and conditions for the University Wide Language Programme:
Please be aware that may have to cancel, suspend or terminate a course if any circumstances beyond our control prevent or delay its delivery (including but not limited to staff shortage) or if participant numbers fall below a sustainable/viable level. By completing your booking on the course you are deemed to accept these terms and conditions.
"I enjoyed the lesson 'et, je suis' looking forward to the next one"
Josh (French Stage 1 evening class)
"Misa San, clear, friendly, well organized and supportive. Really enjoyed the first class"
Steve (Japanese Stage 1)
"I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the classroom. Looking forward for the next week's"
Artemis (Italian Stage 1)
"I really enjoyed the class, and I can't wait till next week."
Ammna (French Stage 1 evening class)
"We had a nice intro into the basics of the language and I think that I will enjoy the course".
"It was fun and interactive"
Muhammad (Spanish Stage 1 evening class)