LFA short courses

Short course fees 2017/18 

£72 University of York students

£80 University of York staff/public

Learn a language at a relaxed pace in an informal setting. Our short courses:

  • Are open to everyone - students, university staff and the general public
  • Run for 8 weeks over one university term
  • Consist of one 2-hour class per week
  • Cater for beginners, intermediate and more advanced learners
  • Are delivered in teaching groups of no more than 20 people
  • Focus on building speaking and listening skills through discussion
  • Are non-assessed

We have three types of courses. Find out more below:

Intercultural Understanding

Language for Intercultural understanding
(non-Romanised languages for beginners)

Our Language for Intercultural Understanding classes:

  • Are usually available for Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean and Russian
  • Are for learners with no previous knowledge of the language
  • Have an emphasis on developing intercultural understanding
  • Provide learners with key expressions and vocabulary
  • Allow learners to build their confidence when interacting with native speakers

These introductory courses can lay the foundations for further formal study.

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Our Term 2 Intercultural Understanding courses are a repeat of Term 1 courses. They are therefore not suitable for those who already attended classes in Term 1.

Everyday Communication

Language for Everyday Communication
(beginners and post-beginners)

Our Language for Everyday Communication classes:

  • Are offered for French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Are for learners with no or very little knowledge of the language
  • Develop learners’ confidence in engaging in everyday communicative situations
  • Provide the building blocks for manipulating basic structures
  • Equip learners with relevant language learning strategies

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Our Term 2 Everyday Communication Beginners courses are a repeat of Term 1 courses. They are therefore not suitable for those who already attended classes in Term 1.

Our Everyday Communication Post-beginners courses are open to students who already have some basic knowledge of the language including students who completed our Term 1 Everyday Communication Beginners courses.

Conversation and Culture

Language for Conversation and Culture
(intermediate and advanced)

Our Language for Conversation and Culture classes:

  • Are offered for French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Are for learners with a reasonable knowledge of the language already
  • Are available at intermediate and advanced levels
  • Help learners to gain fluency and improve their speaking skills
  • Foster a deeper understanding of contemporary cultural issues

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Our Conversation and Culture courses cover different material from Term 1 and are therefore open to all students with the appropriate levels. For those who attended classes in Term 1, we recommend that you keep to the same level.

Classical Arabic

Classical Arabic

This course is aimed at students who have:

  • some basic command of the four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - in Modern Standard Arabic (LFA level 2 or equivalent)

or

  • basic reading skills in Classical Arabic through other activities such as learning the Quran

This non-assessed eight-week course enables students to develop their reading skills in Classical Arabic. It also provides the opportunity to touch upon key aspects in Arabic culture, in both pre-Islamic and Islamic ages.  The texts selected for study are those that still have impact on contemporary Arabic language and culture; references to Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial accents are made when necessary in order to provide a better understanding of texts.  

By the end of the course students should have acquired:

  • Basic knowledge in Classical Arabic language;

  • Some knowledge in  Arabic literature;

  • Further understanding of Arabic culture in the pre-Islamic and Islamic ages;

  • Further skills in Standard Arabic;

  • A familiarity with Arabic sounds.

Proposed course outline*

W 1: Introduction to pre-Islamic Arabic, history and culture. Reading and writing Arabic without dots and case markers.

W 2: Classical Arabic poetry al-Muʿallaԛāt (the hanged poems), with a study of selected examples.

W 3: Introduction to the language of the Quran with a study of selected texts.

W 4: The Quran Today, how the Quran shapes Arab culture and Modern Standard Arabic.

W 5: Prose in the Islamic Age: The Farewell Khutba (speech).

W 6:  Poetry in the Islamic Age and the impact of intercultural diversity on Arab culture.

W 7: The narrative art (Kalilah wa Dimnah). The Art of Calligraphy.

W 8:  Classical Arabic today.

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

*Subject to change according to students’ needs

In addition, we also offer the following unique and innovative short course: Spanish through Drama Games