In addition to language classes, LFA students can take part in a series of activities that improve and complement their language learning experience.
Intercultural PAL is a support scheme where University students, who are native speakers, facilitate support sessions for both Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and Languages for All (LFA) students to enhance their understanding of the language and culture of study.
Intercultural PAL sessions have no cost, run weekly, and take place within a friendly and informal environment.
There is no need to register, just turn up!
Employers often seek students with language skills to work for them on short term projects - LFA students are ideal candidates to apply for these. Alongside the development of employability skills embedded in the curricula, LFA students have the opportunity to attend workshop sessions and skills-focused events specific for foreign language students. The latter are often delivered by specialists in the Careers and Placement Team or employers in the sector. Furthermore, they are specifically designed to help our students develop employability skills.
Some of our recent employability training workshops open to LFA students:
Procter and Gamble
Workshop on employability with TJX Europe 2018
A full list of careers-related events offered by Careers and Placements, employers, academic departments and student societies as well as internships and volunteering placements related to languages is available to University of York students via Handshake.
Our students work closely with LFA language tutors to contribute to one-off events such as Open and Visit Days. They contribute by helping out with the setting up stands/rooms, talking about their learning experience with prospective students, and assisting tutors with learning activities.
Our student ambassadors develop:
Communication and public speaking skills
Social and cultural awareness
All undergraduate students at the University of York have the opportunity to take part in the York Strengths programme, which is introduced during the first year of study. In second year students can take part in the York Award programme where they can get recognition for their contribution to college life, societies, volunteering, employer events, work placements and internships in the following years.
LFA language classes and related activities can be used as a positive example for the York Award recognition.