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.
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