Adult and Community Learning

Daytime and Evening Courses

01825 761820

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

 

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 introductory courses, in all of the language on offer, and find out how rewarding and fun learning a new language can be. Most introductory courses take place in five weeks and are followed by our longer Beginners' courses in the same languages, should you wish to continue your studies. Enrolling on an introductory course does not give you priority when book a place on the Beginners course: they are stand-alone courses, so book promptly to avoid disappointment.

 

If you just want to learn the absolute basics to get by on holiday, then try one of our NEW one day workshops. We're offering them in all three languages. You never know, you might get a taste for learning the language and want to progress onto our longer courses.

 

A Guide to the Language Levels

 

Not all of the levels are offered every year as progression routes change depending on our students' needs, but this is a guide to the potential range of courses.

 

Holiday Workshops

These workshops offer the very basics of a language to help you get by and make the most of your holidays.

 

Introduction

These courses are aimed at students with little or no previous knowledge of the language and offer a basic introduction to the topics that will be covered in greater depth during the Beginners course, such as talking about yourself, asking for directions and making purchases.

 

Introduction for Holidays

These courses are aimed at students with little or no previous knowledge of the language and offer a basic introduction to the vocabulary needed on holiday, focusing on the spoken language. It will cover topics such as making bookings, traveling, making purchases and dealing with holiday mishaps.

 

Introduction for Business

These courses are aimed at students with little or no previous knowledge of the language and offer a basic introduction to the vocabulary needed on business trips, focusing on the spoken language. It will cover topics such as introducing yourself and your professional experience, making bookings, requesting equipment and picking up hire cars.

 

Beginners

These courses are aimed at students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language who have, ideally but not essentially, completed an introductory course. 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, a Beginners course, or equivalent, 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' study, a Beginners Plus course, or equivalent, 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' study, an Intermediate course, or equivalent, 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

These courses are aimed at students who have either completed four years' study a GCSE, Intermediate Plus course, or equivalent, 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

These courses are aimed at students who have either completed five years' study, an AS/A2 Level qualification, Increase your Fluency course, or equivalent, last year. During the course students have the opportunity to further develop their conversational skills through a range of authentic materials.

 

Conversation

These courses are aimed at students who have completed either six years' study, an AS/A2 level qualification, an 'Increase Your Fluency Plus' course, or equivalent, 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.

 

Summer Schools

These are mixed ability courses with a focus on the spoken language, designed to allow students to practise, maintain and refine their language skills over the summer break.

 

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.