Languages


Languages



If you are interested in learning a new language, or revising and advancing existing skills, ACRES offers a wide range of courses to suit different interests and abilities. We are offering courses in the following:

French
Italian
Spanish
Thai - NEW
German - NEW


Let our knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutors expand your linguistic horizons!

If you want to learn a new language but don’t know what to expect, then come along to one of the five week Beginners’ Taster courses, in all of the language on offer, and find out how rewarding and fun learning a new language can be. All the tasters take place in the first five weeks of term one, and finish just in time for you to start our longer Beginners’ courses in the same languages.

If you already have some skills in a particular language that you want to improve but you’re not sure which class is right for you then consider our following guide. If you’re still unsure then ring the ACRES office and ask for further assistance.

A Guide to ACRES Language Levels

Beginners

These courses are aimed at students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language. There will be an opportunity to learn and practise basic topics such as talking about yourself, asking the way and making purchases. Some basic grammar will also be covered.

Beginners Plus
These courses are aimed at students who have completed one year’s study within an adult education setting, or equivalent, or who completed a Beginners course last year. They build on the basic knowledge acquired previously by learning more structures as well as improving understanding in a variety of practical situations. They will cover topics such as health, making arrangements and talking about daily routine. Students will learn how to talk about the past and express opinions.

Intermediate
These courses are aimed at students who have completed two years of study within an adult education setting, or equivalent, completed a Beginners Plus course last year, or have some ‘rusty’ knowledge from their school days. The course aims to consolidate structures and vocabulary learnt so far and to increase confidence in speaking. Work will focus on developing language skills in the main areas.

Intermediate Plus
These courses are aimed at students who have completed three years of study within an adult education setting, or equivalent, or completed an Intermediate course last year. They aim to broaden knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by introducing and practising more complex structures. At the same time there will be plenty of opportunity to improve speaking and listening skills and expand those in reading and writing.

Increase your Fluency
This course aims at students who have either completed four years of study within an adult education setting, or equivalent, or completed a GCSE, similar level course, or Intermediate Plus last year. During the course, students will have the opportunity to develop their conversational skills by widening their knowledge and understanding of complex language structures. Listening, reading and writing will be practised through a range of authentic materials.

Increase Your Fluency Plus
This course is aimed at students who have either completed five years of study within an adult education setting, or equivalent, or completed an AS/A2 Level qualification, a similar level course, or an Increase your Fluency course last year. During the course students have the opportunity to further develop their conversational skills through a range of authentic materials.

Conversation
This course is aimed at students who have completed either six years of study within an adult education setting, or equivalent, have completed an AS/A2 level qualification or have completed an ‘Increase Your Fluency Plus’ course last year. During the course students will further develop their conversational skills through lively discussions on a variety of topics. Skills in reading and writing modern French will also be developed and grammar will be consolidated at all levels.

If you need any help in choosing the most appropriate course for you, please telephone on 01825 761820 and we will be happy to provide you with further details. Each course has an information sheet which gives further information. This will be sent to you automatically when you enrol. It is also available on request prior to enrolment or you can download from the Course Search section of the website.