Learn a new language for free

Have you always wanted to learn a new language? If so, why not try it out first on Rosetta Stone?

Learn a new language for free with Rosetta Stone. February 2019

Rosetta Stone allows you to learn a wide range of languages – from beginner to intermediate level – on-the-go and from anywhere in the world. And it’s free for all University staff.

You can choose from any of the 30 languages available. Courses can be accessed online at your own convenience using a PC, tablet or mobile device, making learning a language fast and easy.

Its flexibility means it’s easy to fit learning around other commitments, and you can use the materials to supplement taught language modules or to study independently to develop transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and cultural sensitivity.

Learning a new language could help while holidaying abroad, attending an overseas conference or with research collaborations. 

Speaking another language can also help build better professional relationships or make overseas visitors to the University feel welcome.

See the Independent Language Learning page for details of how to access Rosetta Stone.

Further support for staff wanting to learn a language is available in the Language Zone (Parkinson Building, Level 2). Part of the Language Centre, the Language Zone is a self-study resource centre, where staff and students can access free resources and advice to help learn a language. 

It provides free learning material in more than 50 languages, such as books, magazines, audio and video resources. It has a computer cluster for personal study, and offers a range of workshops, language groups and advice sessions to help with studies.  

The Language Zone offers drop-ins to support staff use of Rosetta Stone for language learning on Tuesdays (noon to 1pm) and Thursdays (1-2pm). 

If you can’t make these times, you can still go along to the Language Zone during opening hours to seek advice. Alternatively, email the Language Zone or call 0113 34 32646.

You can also follow the Language Centre via Twitter and Facebook.

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