Language groups

Language groups programme

Language Groups

Language Groups are for students who want to meet with a group regularly to practise the language they are learning. This semester we are running language groups for English, French, German and Spanish.

Language Groups are led by students who are native speakers who facilitate friendly relaxed conversation sessions on topics such as student life, interests, and cross-cultural experience.

This is a great way to meet new people who share your passion for learning languages, and a chance to learn things about a language and culture you might not find in textbooks and formal language classes.

Join a language group

If you are interested in joining a group, please complete application form by the deadline of 9am on Monday 23 October 2017.

The language groups are available to students whose language levels is GCSE/CEFR B1 or higher. For a useful explanation of these levels, please visit Please ensure that you have an appropriate language level to participate in the group. You will need to be able to:

  • understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • deal with most spoken situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or would like to discuss which language opportunity is most suitable for your current language level, please visit the Language Zone or email

After you have completed your application, if we are able to match you with a group, we will let you know by email as soon as possible. If we are unable to match you to a group, we will let you know, add you to a waiting list, and contact you if any further spaces become available. Places in the groups are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so apply early.

Application form: English

Application form: French

Application form: German

Application form: Spanish

Become a leader of a Language Group

As a volunteer Language Group Leader, you will receive training and support to help other students develop their skills in your language. This is a chance to use and develop your interpersonal skills and creativity, and to gain cultural awareness useful for teaching and group facilitation, whilst making a positive impact on others.

Leaders of Language Groups are qualified to receive the Higher Education Achievement Record, which accompanies your degree certificate if you successfully complete the programme.

Leaders need to commit to attend two training sessions and to create and facilitate five one-hour language group sessions during semester one. Leaders can run sessions individually or with a co-leader.

Applications for semester 1 Language Group leaders are now closed. Applications for semester 2 will open towards the end of term 1.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, you can contact the Language Zone by email at