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, Italian 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.

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.

If you lead a Language Group for two or more semesters, you are qualified to receive the Higher Education Achievement Record, which accompanies your degree certificate.

You will need to read the information pack and fill in the online application form by 9pm on Sunday 14 January 2018.

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.

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

Join a language group

Applications for language group participants will open early in semester 2.

Group participants need to be able to commit to meet for five weekly group sessions.

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