Over one-hundred and twenty students, staff and members of the public joined the Holiday Languages programme in June 2016, which is hosted by the Worldwise Learning Centre at the University of Central Lancashire.
The course, which is increasing in popularity year-on-year, offers students a chance to communicate with ease while they are on holiday. So they can avoid the typical British embarrassment of fumbling with a foreign menu or speaking loudly in the hopes of being understood!
Students had the choice of studying French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Italian and Chinese. Following ten hours of classes, the students now have the confidence to converse abroad, so they can order at their favourite French bistro, navigate the streets of Rome or impress the locals at a bustling Greek market.
John and Pam Hall from Preston shared their experience following the holiday languages course:
“We have been birdwatchers since we were teenagers and visited Extremadura in Western Spain in April. We decided it would be great to be able to speak some Spanish as we would very much like to return to a different part of the country in the future. Miguel, the course tutor, was excellent and such good fun. We laughed a lot.
We especially liked hearing about the Spanish way of life and learning numerous phrases about how to travel, how to book a hotel room and order food & drink. The latter will be especially useful!”
The students were also the first ever group to enjoy access to Rosetta Stone online as part of the course, all thanks to a £100,000 investment from the University earlier this year.
Rosetta Stone online offers people the ability to learn a language on the go via their smartphone, laptop or tablet. The interactive software accelerates language learning and builds confidence in speaking and reading in a different language.
“It was our first experience of using Rosetta Stone. We liked the fact that you can practice your pronunciation as many times as you wished.” John Hall, Preston.
The online version of the software will also be available via the Worldwise Learning Centre to students studying a language at other university courses.
The Director of the Worldwise Learning Centre, Valeriy Smolienko said:
“Our holiday languages classes are becoming increasingly popular and this is the first year we’ve had to facilitate extra classes to meet demand. This interest, coupled with the investment from the university proves that language and cultural learning is on the rise despite the often mentioned pessimism as to the value of learning foreign languages.”
Holiday Languages are running in June 2018 in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek , Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Contact us to find out more and register.