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LFA Year-long courses

Languages on offer

Year-long course fees 2020/21

£0 if taken for credit

£215 University of York students

£285 over 60s/students from other universities/schools  

£325 University of York staff/public

Study a language in-depth and take advantage of the value that comes with a formal approach to language learning. LFA courses:

  • are open to everyone - students, university staff and the public
  • start each Autumn and run for 19 weeks over 3 university terms
  • can be taken by students for credit at no charge (see below), or as an extracurricular activity at a reduced cost
  • are available from beginner level, and in some languages up to degree level (levels 3-5)
  • are delivered in teaching groups of no more than 20 students 
  • adopt a communicative approach 
  • provide a sound understanding of the structure of the language 
  • make use of both textbooks and/or authentic material.

LFA teaching update

We have prepared for different scenarios in order to maintain our excellent teaching while following UK government guidance on social distancing, and are aiming to offer the same ranges of languages and levels. We are also committed to deliver on-campus face to face teaching alongside online teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses, whatever the mode of delivery:

  • Learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • Workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Course material is adapted to our two new modes of delivery (mixed and online only).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.

At the point of registration, for each language and level you will be able to choose between:

  • mixed delivery mode
  • online only delivery mode 

Online only groups are limited in numbers. Places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be given to students studying remotely.

If you are taking an LFA module for credit (as part of your degree), you do not need to register. You will be automatically assigned to a mixed delivery group. If you are studying remotely in the Autumn term, or if you cannot attend a face to face session because you have to self-isolate, you will be assigned to an online only group. 

Mixed delivery courses

These courses will offer one hour of face-to-face teaching per week (timetabled)  plus one hour of asynchronous learning  activities (not timetabled; learners work through materials and activities in their own time, communicating via online tools and technology with each other and the language tutor, who provides regular feedback). You will need to have access to a computer and internet connection.

Online only courses

These courses will offer one hour of online live teaching per week (timetabled)  plus one hour of asynchronous learning activities (not timetabled; learners work through materials and activities in their own time, communicating via online tools and technology with each other and the language tutor, who provides regular feedback).

Assessment

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year online exam. Assessment details will  be available by the start of the module.

LFA courses for credit

University of York undergraduate students can take some year-long LFA courses as a 20-credit elective/option embedded in their degree programme. As credit-bearing language modules are funded by a share of the tuition fee, there is no extra charge for students.

This is a fantastic way to add an international dimension to your degree, add extra value to your time at York and improve your employability, free of charge. 

If you wish to take an LFA course as a degree module, please check with your academic department to ensure that your degree programme can accommodate an LFA course. 

For more information go to LFA Courses for Credit.

Modern Greek and Polish cannot be taken for credit.

Levels available

The learning aims and objectives of our year-long courses are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR sets out descriptors for levels of language proficiency (mainly applicable to European languages).  It is widely used within and outside Europe and recognised by many institutions and employers. Note that the CEFR is a guideline for setting syllabuses but not a seal of approval for levels of achievement. Exit level depends on student's previous knowledge, exposure to the target language, and amount of independent study.

If you need further guidance on which level to enrol on, please contact lfa@york.ac.uk

 

Previous language experience

CEFR descriptors

Languages available

Level 1

No knowledge of the target language

A1/A2

Arabic, Chinese, Classical and Medieval Latin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Polish, Russian, Spanish

Level 1+

Basic language skills, LFA Level 1 or equivalent

A1/A2

French, German and Spanish

Level 2

GCSE, LFA Level 1/1+ or equivalent

A2/B1

Arabic, Chinese, Classical and Medieval Latin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish

Level 3

A Level, LFA Level 2 / 2+ or equivalent

B1/B2

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish

Level 4

LFA Level 3 or equivalent

B2/C1

French, German, Spanish

Level 5

LFA Level 4 or equivalent

B2+/C1 or C2

French, German, Spanish