- Timetable & Delivery
- Support & Resources
- Why learn a language?
- What is my language level?
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.
Choose your language:
The price for each 10-week course in 2021/22 is listed below:
- EHU Student: no charge (fee of £85 will be covered by the Student Opportunity Fund (SOF).
- EHU Member of Staff: £120
- Member of the Public: £170
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
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. Step 1 courses start in October, and the continuing Step 2 courses commence in the following January.
Courses commencing in the 2021/22 cycle will be delivered face-to-face on our Ormskirk campus.
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.
Each course has a designated coursebook which you are expected to purchase in advance of the course.
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.
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.
The Language Lounge is a dedicated space for language learning based in LP0.09 in the Law and Psychology building. 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 McClennan by email on [email protected]
Why learn a language?
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?
Courses run at 3 main levels: beginner, elementary and intermediate. These levels are intended to accommodate beginners, those with a GCSE and those with an AS or A Level qualification in the chosen language. Each level consists of 2 parts: Step 1 (Oct-Dec) and Step 2 (Jan/Feb-Mar/Apr). The course that you choose should be determined by your language level. Please see our guide below:
|Beginner (A1)||Very little or no prior knowledge of the language
GCSE grade 3 (D) or below
|Elementary (A2)||GCSE grade 4-9 (C-A*) or equivalent in recent years|
|Intermediate (B1-B2)||AS or A Level pass or equivalent|
There may be some variation to language level descriptors above, for example, you may not 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 [email protected] who will be able to advise you on the best route.
Note on Progression
Please note that these course levels are not a direct continuation of one another. For example, the beginners course is not a direct springboard on to the elementary course, and the elementary course is not a direct springboard on to the intermediate course. This is because it requires more hours to transition from one level to another than the courses offer. If you have completed Step 1 and Step 2 of a given level and are interested in continuing in the next cycle, please contact the Language Centre direct. Subject to sufficient demand and viable numbers, we will endeavour to provide a bespoke level for your cohort.
When can I sign up for the autumn 2021 courses?
Sign up for for the autumn 2021 courses is now open.
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.
What do I need for the sessions?
You will need your coursebook, as well a notepad and pen to make notes. It is also useful to have your smartphone or tablet to hand.
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 face-to-face 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.