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Language Centre launches new foreign language and BSL evening programme

August 9, 2023

Edge Hill University's Language Centre is preparing once more to teach its suite of foreign languages and British Sign Language (BSL) and is inviting members of the public to sign up.

The Language Centre runs classes covering a wide range of different languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Japanese and Korean, and can be studied at beginner, elementary and intermediate levels. BSL lessons are only taught at beginner level.

The programme gives members of the public, students, and staff the chance to learn a language in the evening to fit around work and other commitments. Classes start in October and places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

All of the language courses are completely free for Edge Hill students and staff and students can study a language alongside their degree. Visit the Language Centre webpage for specific details on when each language course starts, how long they run for and prices for members of the public.

Eliot Wright, Director of the Language Centre. Learn a foreign language or British Sign Language at Edge Hill.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to learn a new language at a convenient time.

“Learning a language has huge benefits: it can expand your horizons, allow you to think in new ways, and looks great on a job application.

“Classes are all taught in a friendly and engaging style.

“We’re especially proud to be able to offer British Sign Language, which is helping to address the national shortage of sign language interpreters.

“I’d encourage anyone working in education or healthcare or with an interest in BSL to sign up for the course.”

Eliot Wright, Director of the Language Centre

Edge Hill’s language courses are ideal for people who want to take up a new hobby, meet new people, or for anyone looking to enhance their CV and diversify their skills.

All the courses are also designed to give an insight into the culture behind the language so that learners can confidently understand more about the language and be better prepared for travelling, living or working abroad.

“The course provided a good balance between speaking, listening, and grammar work. Our teacher Alex was really kind, patient, and encouraging, and lessons always involved a range of activities. I loved the sense of achievement I felt after each lesson.

“I would definitely recommend the course to anyone interested in improving their French language skills, looking for a new hobby, or wanting to meet new people.”

Joanne McKenna, French evening course student

“The British Sign Language course offered through the Language Centre is an amazing opportunity to formally learn BSL in a structured environment from a profoundly deaf tutor whilst simultaneously gaining a recognised BSL qualification.

“Alongside learning a language, we are also gaining an insight into Deaf culture, and fostering a greater appreciation and understanding. 

“My career aspirations are to teach and work in universities, and further develop my disability advocacy work. I believe this course will enhance my existing disability support skillset, enabling me to connect with more clients and break down communication barriers.”

PhD student Kir Turner, who joined last year’s BSL course

Edge Hill’s BSL course is fully accredited by the UK’s BSL main awarding body ‘Signature’, with those successfully completing the course receiving certification in BSL 1. The course lasts 23 weeks and is open to participants aged 18 or over.

August 9, 2023


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