Languages for All

Hilary term enrolment now open for General and Academic modern language courses – new applications for Fast track also open – early booking recommended!

We offer a wide range of courses across 12 modern languages with flexibility for all, from intensive short courses to in-depth three-term programmes. They run from daytime to early evening, Monday to Friday, to suit your schedule.

Our Languages for All programme offers you three different pathways. All our courses are calibrated on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

 


General languages Stages 1-7:

This pathway spans flexibly either over weekly two-hour classes from weeks 2 to 7 of term inclusive or as a one-week 15-hour Intensive course just after the end of term, in week 9. It covers all Stages from Stage 1 beginners to Stage 7 proficient (C1).  You can opt to enrol for all three terms or term by term. If you enrol for all three terms, the third term is half-price. Entry is first-come, first-served, with Priority places available for those supported by their college/department as having a strong academic need.
 

Fast Track Stages 1-5:

This pathway is designed for those who are motivated to learn faster and covers two stages per year over three terms. It is available from Stage 1+2 beginners to stage 4+5 Advanced (B2). It runs twice-weekly across (2 hours + 1 hour) in term-time. In Michaelmas it starts in week 2 through to week 8 inclusive and in Hilary and Trinity terms it runs from weeks 1 to 8 inclusive. It is a selective entry course.

Academic Stages 1-3:

 

This pathway is specifically designed to address the professional and research needs of students and staff and supports them in being fully able to engage globally with their field of specialisation. The course mainly focuses on developing reading in the target language but offers support in other skills if required. It covers 3 different Levels, from beginners to advanced. It runs weekly as a two-hour class from weeks 2 to 7 of term inclusive. You can opt to enrol for all three terms or term by term. If you enrol for all three terms, the third term is half-price. French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish are available in this pathway.

 

 

Calligraphy/character writing (Arabic and Mandarin only). This additional course is designed to help beginners and students who already enjoy writing in Chinese characters and Arabic to further develop their skills with the guidance of a tutor. It may be particularly helpful in enabling beginners to get off to a more confident start. There is only one level for Arabic and there are two levels for Mandarin. Classes run for an hour a week from weeks 2 to 7 of term inclusive.

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For term dates, please see here

Our tutors  All courses on our Languages for All programmes are taught by expert native speaker tutors and are designed to meet the needs of students and staff at the University of Oxford. Our courses are also open to alumni, partners of staff, retired staff and members of the general public.

Flexibility to suit you  You can mix and match our courses flexibly to suit your schedule, as the Fast Track and General pathways are designed using the same Stages of progress to allow movement between the programmes across terms or years of study.

For example

  • In year 1 you could do General Stage 3
  • In year 2 you could do Fast Track Stages 4+5

For example

  • In Michaelmas you could do the first term of General Stage 1 in weekly classes
  • In Hilary you could do the second term of Stage 1 in the week-long Intensive
  • In Trinity you could do the third and final part of General Stage 1 in weekly classes
  • Next year you could do Fast Track Stages 2+3

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Course description  This pathway covers all four language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading), with the main class focus being on communication. Language learning strategies, linguistic and cultural knowledge are also embedded in the course. Courses are available from Stage 1 total beginner to Stage 7 proficiency level. The lower stages of this pathway are taught either weekly across the term or in an Intensive week at the end of term. Offering the same course in two different ways is designed to increase access and flexibility. Stages offered are conditional to sufficient demand.

Key facts – weekly class 

  • Taught term time weeks 2-7 inclusive
  • Classes per week: 1
  • Length of class: 2 hours
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 12
  • Entry: first-come, first-served
  • Priority places available for students recommended by their college/department as having strong academic need, paid for by college/department by prior arrangement
  • Certificates:
    • certificate of attendance if you have attended at least 80% of the course
    • certificate of competence on completion of an in-class test at the end of the third term of the course

Key facts – Intensive

  • Taught in week 9 of each term
  • Classes per week: 5
  • Length of class: 3 hours
  • Total hours of tuition: 15
  • Entry: first-come, first-served
  • Certificate: certificate of attendance if you have attended at least 80% of the course

Which Stage is right for you? Please consult the table below. In addition, a ‘placement test’ is available in most of the languages we teach. If you are not a beginner, please take the placement test to further help you identify your level.  You will find a link to the placement test on the specific language page.
Our courses are calibrated on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and have been developed with particular focus on the EAQUALS descriptors.

Your current proficiency Enrol on Stage
Complete beginner – no prerequisites 1
Some previous learning, a recent basic course at level A1 – a very rusty GCSE 2
Level A2 or if you have studied the language for 2 or 3 years, hold a good GCSE but with no further exposure to the language (time spent in the country or with native speakers) 3
Level B1 or If you have studied the language for 2 or 3 years, hold a good GCSE and have had further exposure to the language 4
Level B1+ or If you have studied the language for 3 or 4 years, hold a rusty A level or AS level and have not had further exposure to the language 5
Level B2 or If you have studied the language for 4 or 5 years, hold a good A level and have not had further exposure to the language 6
Level B2+ or if you have studied the language for 5 or more years, hold a good A level and have had further exposure to the language – this is stage is also perfect for those who wish to maintain a near-native level of competence 7

 

Which languages are available in which Stages?

  Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7
Arabic X X
Dutch NEW X X X X X X
French
German
Greek X X X
Italian
Japanese X X X
Mandarin X X
Portuguese X X X X X
Russian X X
Spanish X

 

Click here to see the schedule for each language and enrol

Course description  This pathway gives you the opportunity to undertake a more demanding course and to progress faster. It covers two combined Stages per year, i.e. twice the content of the General languages pathway.

Key facts 

  • Taught throughout the academic year in weeks: 2 – 8 in Michaelmas, 1 – 8 In Hilary and Trinity
  • Classes per week: 2
  • Length of class: 2 hours + 1 hour
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 21 in Michaelmas, 24 each in Hilary and Trinity
  • Total annual hours of tuition: 69
  • Enrol yearly: Michaelmas enrolment covers all 3 terms
  • Entry: selective and first-come, first-served. Entry on this programme includes a more thorough level evaluation and you will receive a place on the basis of your motivation and needs, with applications being assessed and places allocated on a rolling basis in the date order in which they are received
  • Certificate:
    • certificate of attendance if you have attended at least 80% of the course
    • certificate of competence on completion of an in-class test mid-way through the course and a mini research project and presentation at the end of the course, awarded a at the corresponding level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Which Stage is right for you? Please consult the table below. In addition, a ‘placement test’ is available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.  If you are not a beginner, and it is available in the language you wish to study, please take the placement test and note your score.  You will find a link to the placement test on the specific language page. If your current level is above these Stages, we advise you opt for a General course.

Your current proficiency Your Stages
Complete beginner – no prerequisites 1+2
Some previous learning, a recent basic course at level A1 – a very rusty GCSE 2+3
Level A2 or if you have studied the language for 2 or 3 years, hold a good GCSE but with no further exposure to the language (time spent in the country or with native speakers) 3+4
Level B1 or if you have studied the language for 2 or 3 years, hold a good GCSE and have had further exposure to the language 4+5
Level B1+ or if you have studied the language for 3 or 4 years, hold a rusty A level or AS level and have not had further exposure to the language 5+6
(Mandarin Only)
  For stages 6 or 7, please see our General courses

 

Which languages are available in which Stages?

  Stage 1+2 Stage 2+3 Stage 3+4 Stage 4+5 Stage 5+6 Missing stages?
Arabic X X X Please see our General courses
French X Please see our General courses
German X Please see our General courses
Italian X Please see our General courses
Japanese X Please see our General courses
Mandarin X Please see our General courses
Portuguese X X X X Please see our General courses
Russian X X X Please see our General courses
Spanish X Please see our General courses

 

Click here to see the schedule for each language and apply

Course description  This pathway is unique to Oxford and is designed specifically to help you develop the skills you need to operate in a globalised Higher Education context. Primarily these courses aim to enable the Oxford academic community to access documents in their target languages. We focus on the development of reading strategies as well as the required knowledge of grammar and lexis. We build upon the reading of adapted texts, increasing in difficulty until you are sufficiently comfortable to work on the key texts that you need to read. Learning needs related to listening or speaking are also supported through blended learning and may be interwoven in the more advanced levels of the pathway.

Before enrolling on this course, please make sure that we do not already offer a specialised course for your field of study via your department, by checking information on the tailored courses we currently offer.

Key facts

  • Taught term time in weeks 2 to 7 inclusive
  • Classes per week: 1
  • Length of class: 2 hours
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 12
  • Entry: first-come, first-served
  • Priority places available for students recommended by their college/department as having a strong academic need, paid for by college/department by prior arrangement
  • Certificates
    • certificate of attendance if you have attended at least 80% of the course
    • certificate of competence on completion of at least two terms and an in-class test at the end of the third term of the course

Which Level is right for you? Please consult the table below. Three levels are available spanning from total beginner (1) to advanced (3).

Your current proficiency Enrol on stage
Complete beginner – no prerequisites 1
Some prior learning – 2 years or more but little exposure 2
4 years or more – A Level – rusty 3

 

Which languages are available in which Levels?

  Stage 1 - beginner Stage 2 - intermediate Stage 3 - advanced
French
German
Italian X
Russian X X
Spanish X X

 

Please note that the Academic Pathway does not offer a systematic progression route on the other pathways as it does not cover all skills

Click here to see the schedule for each language and enrol

To enrol on one of our Languages for All pathways you will need to:

  1. Check which pathway meets your needs - General (term-time or Intensive), Academic or Fast Track
  2. Check which Stage you are, using the tables on the page describing each course and for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish take our online 'placement test' (to be found in the individual languages pages)

The following enrolment information is for students and staff of the University of Oxford and its colleges.

OUP staff pay the staff price but need to use the enrolment process for people without Oxford Single Sign On.

For General Stages 1 to 7 and for Academic:

  1. Check that the course level you need is on a day and time when you are free to attend - if not you may click here to register an interest
  2. Click on the course link to enrol and pay by card to complete your booking
  3. For students - if your college or department is going to pay your fees, click here to access our Priority application scheme and follow the instructions on getting it signed and returned to the Language Centre by the deadline specified on the form
  4. As you go through the enrolment you will be prompted to make an online payment (free). Places will be confirmed via email no later than Friday 12 October 2018 (week 1) prior to courses starting from Monday 15 October 2018 (week 2)

For Fast Track

Our Fast Track pathway has a selective application process and, before enrolling, you will be asked to fill in a short dedicated online application form setting out your learning needs and motivation for applying. Our tutors will review the forms on a rolling basis in order of receipt, to assess your needs and motivation for this fast-paced pathway.

  1. Fill in the online application form answering all questions carefully - your placement test score will need reporting where applicable
  2. After tutor-review of your application
    1. if your application is successful, you will receive an email with confirmation of your Stage and a link to enrol and pay. For students - if you want to claim partial reimbursement of your course fees after successful completion of the course at the end of Trinity term, be sure to download the reimbursement form and take it to your college for signature, following the instructions on the form
    2. if your application is unfortunately not successful, you will receive an email notification

For Intensive

Enrolments on our intensive courses follow the same process as those for general stages 1- 7.  Details of courses available and enrolments on our end of Michaelmas term intensive courses (3-7 December 2018) will be available on this website from early November.  If you wish to be notified please register on our mailing list.

If you are not a student or member of staff at the University and its colleges, and you don’t have an Oxford Single Sign On account, you are equally welcome to apply but we regret you will not be able to access the course booking system directly. OUP staff also need to follow this process (OUP staff pay the normal staff fee).

To enrol on one of our Languages for All pathways you will need to:

  1. Check which course meets your needs both linguistically and in terms of content - General (term-time or Intensive), Academic, Fast Track or Calligraphy and Character Writing
  2. Check which Stage or Level you are, using the tables on the page describing each course 
  3. If you are not a beginner, check your language level with our online ‘placement test’, where this is available (see individual languages pages)
  4. Check that the course level you need is on a day and time when you are free to attend

If you would like to enrol on our General Stages 1-7 courses or on a week-long intensive courses, please send an email to admin@lang.ox.ac.uk indicating  

  1. Your first and last name
  2. Mobile number
  3. Whether you are an alumnus/partner of a member of staff/retired staff member/member of the general public (to determine the correct fee)
  4. The language and course Stage
  5. The term when you wish to study with us

We will then contact you via email to give you payment instructions and confirm the procedure for your full enrolment.

If you would like to enrol on our Fast Track programme, please proceed to the online application form and make sure to indicate your status.  We will then process your application and contact you via email with the outcome.

Pathway

OU Students including
Visiting and Recognised

OU Staff Related Persons:
Alumni, partners of staff, retired staff
General Public
General (per term) £80 £100 £125 £150
Intensive (1 week) £100 £150 £175 £200
Academic (per term) £80 £100 £125 £150
Fast Track (per academic year) £400 £500 £600 £700
Fast Track (Hilary and Trinity only) £300 £400 £500 £600
Calligraphy and character writing (per term) £60 £90 £100 £120

 

Financial support for students

General and Academic pathways

  • Priority scheme: If you need languages for your studies, you can apply for Priority funding from your college (for undergraduates) or department/faculty (for postgraduates). This support will usually cover the full fee.
     
  • Deadlines to apply:
  • Half price Trinity term fee: All learners who enrol for all 3 terms get the third term half price. More details will be available later in November when booking will open for Hilary then Trinity terms

 

Fast Track pathway

As with the now discontinued OPAL course, colleges may consider offering a reimbursement of up to 50% of the fee for the Fast Track pathway to students, payable upon completion of the course in Trinity term.

You should obtain your college’s agreement to your joining their reimbursement scheme as soon as you are offered a place. We provide a form for you and your college to use to provide a record of the agreement. You should keep the form yourself and not return it to the Language Centre. Please click here to download the reimbursement application form with more information, to take to your college.

During the 2017-18 academic year we undertook a major review and consolidation of our modern foreign language courses.

  • We consulted our students
  • We consulted our tutors
  • We consulted our main stakeholders across the University

Our aim is to further enhance the quality of our provision, ensuring that we truly offer value to the University whilst making sure we can maintain sustainable opportunities for progression, quality of learning and teaching in a suitable environment.

We also want to offer more flexibility to all our learners – for this we plan to make greater use of the University’s Virtual learning Environment (VLE). We are proud to have been selected as an early adopter of the University’s new VLE, Canvas.  Read more about this.

What are the closest new courses to LASR and OPAL?

Discontinued courses New course pathway
LASR General
LASR Week 9 Intensive
LASR Reading Academic
OPAL Fast Track
Character writing / Kanji Calligraphy and character writing (Kanji is not offered in 2018-19)

 

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Both courses cover all the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Fast track is for the highly motivated learner who wants to make swift progress. Fast Track covers two learning Stages per year, whereas General covers one. Fast track has 2 classes per week (2 hours + 1 hour) and General has one 2-hour class per week. Fast track runs for 23 weeks of the year and General for 18.

 

Please click here for our quick comparison table.

 

The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is a widely used guideline employed to describe the achievements of learners of foreign languages, and has six levels of proficiency, from A1 to C2. For more information please click here

 

For beginners in Arabic, Mandarin, or Russian we are only offering the General Course in 2018-19.  Different languages require a different time to acquire at different levels so Fast Track may not be best suited to learner progression.

 

We have timetabled the languages and stages we believe will be most in demand. We may be able to timetable more stages if there is demand, and we have a tutor and classroom available. You will need to click here and fill the form to register an interest.

 

Tutors will have extremely limited availability before teaching starts - they will be busy reviewing Fast Track applications. If you are applying for a General or Academic course with us, please proceed with your application at the level you feel is the best for your needs - all tutors will review the suitability of the stage during the first week of teaching.

 

In 2018-19 the Language Centre will receive a grant of just under 40% of its running costs from the University, which is the overall subsidy of the service. The Language Centre needs to raise the rest of its running costs from course fees (plus some premises rental income in the summer vacation). The course fees are set at four price points, in ascending price order, from the lowest prices for students, through staff, to related persons, and finally members of the general public. See financial support section to find out if you qualify for funding schemes available.

 

The prices are set at a level designed to meet the remainder of the running costs the Language Centre requires, after the grant received from the University of just under 40% of our running costs. Some of our previous course fees were at a very low level which was no longer sustainable in terms of meeting the costs of running the service. We have benchmarked our new fees against other providers in Oxford and other university language centres.

 

 

Colleges may partially reimburse students who are taking the Fast Track course (the successor to OPAL) and gain a certificate at the end of the course. For the General and Academic courses students may apply for Priority funding if they can evidence the need to learn a language for their studies or work. See more information about both schemes here.

 

Related persons refers to alumni, retired staff and partners of Oxford University staff.

 

The fee is student fee. We charge the same student fee for Matriculated, Visiting and Recognised students of Oxford University and its colleges.

 

If you need languages for your studies, you may apply for Priority funding from your college (for undergraduates) or department/faculty (for postgraduates). This support will usually cover the full fee. To find out more about the Priority scheme please click here.

Please note that the Priority Fee scheme is NOT available for Academic English courses.

 

Enrolments on our tailored courses are managed by individual departments and colleges – please liaise with them to find out how to enrol on an existing course.

 

Please contact your departmental or college administrator.

The Georgian classes taught by Lia Chokoshvili have moved to the Georgian Programme run by the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies.

 

Our tutors are expert native speakers, and many have significant experience teaching on courses at the Language Centre.  All our language tutors work collaboratively towards a unified framework.

 

We do sometimes get cancellations, and if a space in class becomes available we will email you to let you know. Alternatively you may be able to enrol on one of the intensive courses we offer in the 9th week, at the end of term.

 

All language learners present different learner profiles and have different strengths – not everybody in your class will be at exactly the same level. If you feel that you are not in the right level – please speak to your tutor.

 

Classes run from 09.00 to 19.00 Monday to Friday. Please see individual language pages to see when the different courses are scheduled.

 

We are at 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HT. Please click here for more information.

 

We provide water fountains and cups, but please bring your own water bottle to be environmentally friendly. There are no other drinks or food available to purchase. You are welcome to consume your own food and drink in the seating in the open area on the ground floor, but we ask that only water in sealed containers is taken into the classrooms.

 

Yes, we are in an Eduroam zone.

 

If you are not a student or member of staff at the University and its colleges, without an Oxford Single Sign On, you are equally welcome to apply but we regret you will not be able to access the course booking system yourself. Click here for more information.

 

If you are a student or member of staff, please speak to your IT officer or admin team to get your SSO identity. If you have an SSO identity but are experiencing issues trying to sign in to our booking system, the Language Centre IT Officer may be able to help. Please contact admin@lang.ox.ac.uk.

 

This depends on the course you are attending – all learners who have attended 80% of classes will automatically be issued with a certificate of course attendance at the end of the term / course. All Languages for All courses also include optional in class assessments which will give you the opportunity if you pass them to receive an additional completion certificate at the corresponding CEFR level of competence.

 

Whether you are having difficulties attending classes, finding the time to study or struggling with a particular aspect of language learning, you should raise this with your tutor.  You can send them an email or contact them via the Virtual Classroom for your course.  Your tutor will be best placed to give you advice and support.  This may be in the form of specific resources on the Virtual classroom, additional exercises, and specific strategies.  The Language Centre facilitates a Language Exchange scheme through which all our learners can get further support from native speakers.

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