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Whether you are a complete beginner, or want to improve your current reading, writing and speaking skills, we can help. Each year, millions of people all over the world choose to learn a new language, and with over 100 years of teaching experience, you’re in safe hands when it comes to learning them with us.  

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Learning a new language can be a great skill to have when visiting a new country, starting a new job abroad or for your own personal development. You'll get the chance to explore and learn a range of core grammar and vocabulary principles no matter which course you choose, as well as the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture.  

A wide range of languages to choose from

We regularly run courses in a wide range of different languages including German, Italian French and Greek. No matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to learn all about the history, literature and culture of the country, as well as some of the most popular words and phrases that will allow you to speak with confidence.  

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You'll study in an environment with like-minded individuals who interested in learning too. Whether learning online or in person, you’ll experience live group classes in a safe and inclusive environment, receiving the attention you deserve from a knowledgeable and qualified language tutor. 

Our tutors are experts in their subjects and have been teaching them for many years. This means that they’re able to share their wisdom and advice and bring classes to life with real world examples.

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Makaton Level 1

Makaton is a communication tool with speech, signs and symbols to enable people with disabilities or learning difficulties to use as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech. This is a 5-week course aimed at learners who have a basic understanding of Makaton and wish to take their knowledge to the next level. Handouts are given to support all learning. They are available within the sessions and also in Canvas your learning platform. Makaton is used in education, health professionals, family, friends, carers and other supportive people.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Comfrey Project (Gateshead)
Chester Place
Gateshead
NE8 1QB
Tutor:
Maria Hambley
Course code:
Q00013694
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Advanced Latin

Are you enthralled by the Ancient world? This advanced Latin course is ideal for language and history enthusiasts alike. Develop advanced language skills in Latin as well as a deep understanding of the historical context in which it was written. Latin has hundreds of applications in contemporary contexts. If you are interested in language learning, literature, law, medicine, or botany, this course will fascinate you. This Latin course aims to help you find greater joy in modern literature by understanding its Latin underpinnings. Develop critical thinking and consider the impact of Latin literature on modern society and debates.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Penelope Fewster
Course code:
Q00012451
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £111.00

Beginners French

Do you want to learn French? C’est parti! Let’s go! Study this French language beginner’s course to learn the essentials to get by in France. This French course will immerse you into this vibrant culture while you daydream about your next trip. This is an introductory-level French language course. You’ll learn basic grammar and vocabulary to be able to start communicating right away. It’s ideal if you want to dip your toe into the language. Learn to use the present simple tense and formulate basic questions. Explore foundational vocabulary to introduce yourself and talk about your life. Gain basic speaking skills so that you can take part in oral activities from day one. Understand spoken French by practising listening skills. Read short texts from newspapers and magazines to build up vocabulary.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Bullion Hall (Chester le Street)
South Approach
Bullion Lane
Chester le Street
DH2 2DW
Tutor:
Nadia Belmajdoub
Course code:
Q00013556
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Beginners Spanish

Do you want to learn Spanish? ¡Vamos! Let’s go! Study Spanish for beginners to learn the essentials to get by in Spain. These basic Spanish courses will immerse you into the vibrant cultures of Spanish-speaking countries while you daydream about your next trip. In this basic Spanish language course, you’ll learn essential grammar and vocabulary to start communicating right away. It’s ideal if you want to dip your toe into the language.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013876
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £44.40

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Duration:
12 months
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Intermediate Spanish

Build up your knowledge of everyday Spanish and gain confidence communicating on your next trip. These intermediate Spanish lessons will boost your language skills so you feel comfortable communicating in everyday situations. Order food and drink, ask for directions, and understand basic instructions. After this intermediate Spanish language course, you'll feel confident expressing yourself in Spanish.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013877
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Foreign Languages: Italian Beginners

Welcome to the Italian Beginners Course! In this course, you'll embark on an exciting journey to learn the basics of the Italian language. Through fun and interactive lessons, you'll discover essential vocabulary and pronunciation. Start by mastering common greetings and expressions, then progress to basic conversations about everyday topics like food, travel, and hobbies. Along the way, explore Italian culture, traditions, and landmarks to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the language. By the end of the course, you'll feel confident introducing yourself in Italian and engaging in simple conversations. Let's begin this adventure together! Buon viaggio! (Have a good journey!)

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Giuseppa Perricone
Course code:
Q00014149
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

Foreign Languages: Italian- Intermediate

Welcome to the Italian Intermediate Course! This course is designed for those who already have a basic understanding of the Italian language and wish to enhance their language skills further. Through a variety of interactive activities and engaging teaching materials, we will delve deeper into grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your language skills through practical exercises and stimulating assignments. This online course is a friendly and supportive group to learn with. We are here to guide you on your learning journey and help you achieve your language learning goals. Welcome to this exciting adventure in Italian!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
2:15pm - 4:15pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Giuseppa Perricone
Course code:
Q00014153
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20