Evening Language Steps Courses

Courses

Language Steps are a suite of extracurricular evening language courses aimed at students, staff and members of the community who wish to learn a new language, or build on existing knowledge of a language.

Prices

The price for each 10-week course in 2020/21 is listed below:

  • EHU Student: no charge (fee of £85 will be covered by the Student Opportunity Fund (SOF).
  • EHU Member of Staff: £115
  • Member of the Public: £165

Unfortunately, the Language Centre cannot offer any concessions on these prices.

Please note that courses are only open to participants aged 18 or over. 

Courses will only run subject to viable numbers. If you sign up for a course and it is subsequently cancelled, you will receive notification by email and a full refund. 

Timetable & Delivery

Timetable

Courses consist of one 2-hour session per week on a designated evening. To check the evening each course will run, please see the individual page for each course. All classes run from 6pm – 8pm and will take place on our Ormskirk campus. Step 1 courses start in October, and the continuing Step 2 courses commence in the following January. 

Delivery and ICT Requirements

Classes in 2020/21 will be delivered face to face in a classroom but in the event that social distancing restrictions prevent this, all courses will be delivered online with live sessions delivered on Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate. If sessions move online, participants will need a computer with a camera and microphone, and access to the internet in order to take part.

Support & Resources

Language Steps VLE 

All course participants will have access to the Language Steps Organization on Blackboard where tutors will upload accompanying resources and materials. Details of the Organization will be sent to you in advance of the start date of the course.

Coursebook 

Each course has a designated coursebook which you are expected to purchase in advance of the course. 

uTalk

If you are an Edge Hill student or member of staff, you can download the uTalk app and create a free account using your university credentials. uTalk is a language learning app which allows you to increase your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation with its range of games and activities. 

Films 

Playlists of films in Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish will be available for you to watch free of charge. These playlists will be published on the Language Steps Organization but will only be available to registered Edge Hill students and members of staff. 

Language Lounge

The Language Lounge is a dedicated space for language learning based in LP0.09 in the Law and Psychology building. The Language Lounge is currently closed but you can keep up to date with the opening hours here

Language Support Tutor

If you require any help or support with your language learning, please contact Lucy McNally by email on mcnallyl@edgehill.ac.uk

Why learn a language?

Benefits

Language Steps courses are perfect for individuals who wish to take up a new hobby, prepare for travel abroad or for students who wish to enhance their CV and diversify their university studies. Here are some of the benefits of learning a language:

  • Learn a brand new invaluable skill which is both enjoyable and rewarding
  • Gain an insight into a different culture through language
  • Improve the functionality of your brain and your problem-solving skills
  • Improve your listening skills and comprehension
  • Open up the possibility of living and working abroad
  • See the world from a new perspective
  • Become better at English
  • Meet new people and boost your confidence
  • Enhance your employability

What is my language level?

Language Levels

Courses run at 3 main levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each level consists of 2 parts: Step 1 (Oct-Dec) and Step 2 (Jan-Mar). The course that you choose should be determined by your language level. Please see our guide below:

Language Level Description
BeginnerVery little or no prior knowledge of the language
GCSE grade D or below
Intermediate GCSE grade C-A*
AS grade D/E or equivalent
Advanced A Level pass or equivalent

There may be some variation to language level descriptors above, for example, you may not necessarily have a qualification in the language but may have lived in a country where the target language is spoken. If you are unsure of your language level, please contact the Language Support Tutor at mcnallyl@edgehill.ac.uk who will be able to advise you on the best route. 

FAQ

When can I sign up for the Step 1 autumn 2020 courses?

You will be able to sign up from 14th September 2020. 

What happens if I have to self-isolate during the course and have to miss sessions?

If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend face-to-face sessions. If you are well enough, you will be able to join the session from home via Blackboard Collaborate. All sessions will be recorded so you will also be able to watch the session back in your own time. 

Will I get a certificate on completion of the course?

Language Steps courses are non-credit bearing, so you will not receive a certificate although we can issue a letter to confirm your attendance on the course. If you require a letter of confirmation, please contact the Language Centre Administrator. This can be posted to your address, or can be collected from the office. 

Do I need to bring anything to the lessons?

You should bring your coursebook, as well a notepad to make notes during the session and a pen. It is also useful to bring your smartphone or tablet if you have one.

What happens if there is a second lockdown once the course has started?

If it any point we are not able to deliver face to face sessions due to government restrictions relating to COVID-19, the course will be delivered online. Live sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate. Please note that you will need a computer and access to the internet to be able to take part in the online sessions, should this arise.

What if I sign up and pay for a course, and it is subsequently cancelled?

Courses can only run subject to viable numbers. If you sign up for a course and it is subsequently cancelled, you will receive notification by email and a full refund. 

Can I park on the campus?

Yes, as our classes take place in the evening, you are free to park on the campus. You will not require a permit to park.

Where will my class take place?

All classes will take place on our Ormskirk campus. The Language Centre Administrator will contact you in advance of the start date of the course with confirmation of the room and building where your course will take place. You will also be sent a campus map. Once rooms have been allocated, this information will also appear on the individual page for your chosen course under Course Details.

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