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Residential and online schools

Connect with fellow students and tutors, practice your language skills, and discover more about cultures and contexts

Residential and online schools are an integral part of the languages level 2 modules, and are academically essential for developing your interactive speaking and listening skills, enabling you to get the most out of your languages learning.

Residential schools and immersive online environments aim to provide a motivating and enjoyable learning experience, and, for many students, are the highlight of their studies. Participation is not graded, but is mandatory to pass the module. The tuition costs of residential schools and/or online experiences are included in the module fee.

Normally, residential schools take place in February/ March each year in Aix-en-Provence (France), Jena (Germany) and Alicante (Spain). Due to travel restrictions arising from the pandemic, face-to-face residential schools are paused for the academic year 2021-22. However we offer a fully immersive, high quality online learning experience instead, providing the opportunity to communicate in French / German / Spanish as much as possible, and so develop your language competence, especially in terms of speaking, listening and interaction. The activities you take part in will also develop your intercultural awareness and professional skills, and will allow you to connect with other learners.

The programme builds on the content of the modules and will provide a variety of situations in which you will be able to put your language and culture skills into practice with fellow students and tutors in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

You will benefit from discussion and collaboration in small groups, varied activities, talks, workshops and access to multimedia resources. All teaching and communication from teaching staff will be in the language you’re learning and you will be encouraged to use that language as much as you can.