Languages For All 

Providing opportunities for students wishing to develop foreign language skills.  

 

Language for All is the Aston University scheme that provides opportunities to students wishing to develop foreign language skills. It’s a key part of our commitment to internationalism in education and industry, and can help equip our students for international (work or study) placements. 

Language skills are in increasing demand for employers and contribute to Aston graduates success in the national and international jobs market – as well as offering personal, cultural and social benefits that can last a lifetime. You will be taught by language instructors who are all native speakers of the language they teach. The target language will be used as the primary medium of instruction and interaction, to enable you to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing from the beginning. Multimedia materials are regularly used in class and to support teaching 

You can learn:

Arabic

Arabic has become increasingly popular due to the rising employment opportunities in Arab countries and the growing tourism interest in Arabic speaking countries. Arabic is the official language in Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, Palestine and Western Sahara. Arabic is very important for Muslims across the world due to the Holy Quran being written in Arabic. The English language includes a lot words derived from Arabic vocabulary, for example they have words like admiral, alcohol, algebra, algorithm, alkaline, amber, assassin, candy, coffee, tariff, hazard, lemon and many others. 

Tutor: Ghizlane Lafdi | g.lafdi@aston.ac.uk 

French

French is the official language of France with up to 88% of the population speaking French as their first language. French is also spoken in other countries like Monaco, Luxembourg, some parts of Belgium and Switzerland, parts of North and Central Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Madagascar. French is the second most widely learned foreign language in the world making it a favourite amongst students. 

Tutor: Aurelia Robert | a.robert@aston.ac.uk 

German

German is a very descriptive language and is among the most widely spoken languages around Europe. German is the official language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland and is also widely spoken around other parts of Europe such as Eastern parts of Belgium and Northern Italy. 

Tutor: Dr Claudia Gremler | c.gremler@aston.ac.uk 

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more than one billion people around the world. Mandarin is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan and is also widely spoken in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau and Indonesia by people of Chinese origin who also speak Cantonese  and Hokkien. Understanding Mandarin will allow you to communicate with most likely anyone in China and Taiwan. 

Tutor: Qiaochao Zhang | q.zhang9@aston.ac.uk 

Spanish

Spanish is the official language of Spain. It's  also primarily spoken in countries like Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Panama and Uruguay. Those who speak English tend to find it  easier to learn Spanish as English and Spanish share many words of Latin  origin. Spanish is known to be a romance language as it belongs to the  Latin origin. Languages belonging to the Latin origin often share a very  similar grammatical structure and have many similarities in vocabulary.Learning Spanish will help you learn and understand other Romance  languages such as French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. 

Tutor: Dr Raquel Medina | r.medina@aston.ac.uk 

Courses are available at three language levels: 

  • Level 1 (Beginners) classes are meant for complete beginners but may include false beginners with minimal experience or no formal qualification, up to students with a GCSE grade C or below. 

  • Level 2 (Improvers) classes are open to holders of a GCSE A-B or equivalent, and to students with AS level grade C or below. 

  • Level 3 (Intermediate) classes are open to holders of AS level A-B or equivalent. 

The Course Director will determine which level of study is appropriate for each student, based on the information that you supply on your application form. if you are enrolling on a Level 2 or 3 module, you may be required to take a test to check your language level. 

For module details, please contact languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk 

If you are in your first year and would like to study a language alongside your degree for free, you should apply through MAP. 

If you are in second or final year and would like to study a language alongside your degree, you can do so via our paid route and should apply via Aston's online store. Applications open around a month before the start of Teaching Period 1 and close at the end of the first week of teaching. 

We offer two study options: 

Study a Language Outside of Your Degree 

This option is available for eligible first year fee-paying undergraduate students, All these modules are free of cost and taken for full academic year (two hours of teaching per week). 

Taking Languages for All modules outside your degree won't affect your final degree classification or earn you degree credits. However, upon successfully completing the programme you will be given an Aston Modular Award. 

The modules are available in your first year of study, and cannot be transferred into subsequent years of study.  

If you are in second or final year and would like to study a language alongside your degree, you can do so via our paid route and should apply via Aston's online store. 

International Students - Are You Eligible?  

If you are an International fee-paying student, enrolling on an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply for the Languages for All programme in your first year of study if you meet the following English Language requirements: 

1.You are a national of a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UK Borders Agency): Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom or The United States of America. Your school of study will ask for evidence of your English Language ability at the time of your initial application (for example a grade C in GCSE English Language for UK nationals or a specified grade in your High School Diploma/APs for US nationals.)  

2.You have achieved one of the English Language qualifications:  

IELTS (academic) 6.5  

TOEFL IBT 115  

Pearson (academic) 79    

How do I Apply? 

If you are about to start your first year, please apply through MAP. 

If you are in second or final year and would like to study a language alongside your degree, you can do so via our paid route and should apply via Aston's online store. 

If your qualification does not appear in the list above please contact languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk for advice on the suitability of your qualification.   

If you do not meet the English Language requirements listed above, you are eligible for free English Language tuition instead. 

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade B 

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Pass at grade A, B or C   

GCSE English Language (first language only) grade C  

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma English  Standard Level 5      

Study a Language as Part of Your Degree 

This route is available to all current Aston students who have the option to choose a language module as part of their degree. All languages modules award either 15 credits or 20 credits, depending on your programme of study, and are taken for the full academic year (two hours of teaching per week). 

Before you apply for an optional langauge module, you should check with your Department that your programme of study allows you to take a language module for credits. 

Am I Eligible? 

If you're a student from the School of Languages & Social Sciences or Aston Business School you may be entitled to take a Languages for All (LFA) module as part of your existing studies for credits towards your degree. Please make sure you check the below information carefully before applying to study a language alongside your degree, the listed degrees are the only ones which entail a language stream. If your degree is not listed below, unfortunately, you will not qualify to study a Languages for All module for credits. Further information can be found below or by contacting our LfA team. 

School of Languages & Social Sciences (LSS) students 

LSS First Year: 

  • Politics and International Relations  
  • Single Honours French  
  • Single Honours German  
  • Single Honours Spanish  
  • Translation Studies French  
  • Translation Studies German  
  • Translation Studies Spanish  

LSS Second Year:  

  • Politics and International Relations  
  • Single Honours French  
  • Single Honours German  
  • Single Honours Spanish  
  • Translation Studies French  
  • Translation Studies German  
  • Translation Studies Spanish    

LSS Final Year:  

  • Single Honours French  
  • Single Honours German  
  • Single Honours Spanish  
  • Translation Studies French  
  • Translation Studies German  
  • Translation Studies Spanish  

Aston Business School (ABS) students 

The following ABS students can take the LFA module as part of their programme at no extra cost: 

ABS First year: 

  • International Business and Modern Languages 

ABS Second Year:   

  • International Business and Management  
  • International Business and Modern Languages   
  • Business Computing & IT  

ABS Final Year:  

  • International Business and Management  
  • International Business and Economics  
  • International Business and Modern Languages   
  • Business Computing & IT  

For students who are not eligible to take a language module through the Languages for All scheme, you can study a language from a wide selection of languages available at the BrassHouse. 

How Do I Apply? 

If you have any questions why not check whether they are answered in our FAQ page. Alternatively, please contact us: languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk 

FAQs

Can I choose to go to a different group if I think the group allocated isn’t convenient for me?  

We try our best to put you in a group which doesn’t clash with your core modules however if you believe a different group time/day would be better for you please DON’T change your group yourself, get in touch with me on languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk and we will change your group depending on availability and group size.   

I have missed my assessments; does this mean I will be withdrawn from the module?  

No, as assessments aren’t compulsory for Languages for All students. If you have missed your assessment/exam you will receive an automated email notifying you that you did not attend the exam or failed to submit the assessment. Please ignore this email, it will not affect your academic average in any way. If you choose to only attend classes and not take the assessments you will simply not be awarded a certificate at the end of the year. However, if you are taking a language module as part of your degree you will need to pass all your exams and assessments as the marks count towards your degree. 

I did not take my assessments in TP1 but I intend to take my assessments in TP2 – will I get a certificate? 

Yes, if you are taking the module as an extra optional module, assuming you pass your TP2 assessments you will be awarded a certificate for work covered in TP2. Those who have completed and passed assessments for both TP1 and TP2 will get two certificates, one for TP1 and one for TP2.  

For credit-bearing students you need to take all exams and assessments in TP1 and TP2 as the marks count towards your overall year average.   

I will be missing a few classes due to other unavoidable commitments, will I be withdrawn?  

If you fail to sign the register for three consecutive weeks, we will email you. If you don’t get in touch with a valid reason for non-attendance you will be withdrawn. However, if you miss classes due to health issues or other valid reasons, you need to inform languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk or get in touch with your tutors who will make a note of this on the class list.  

Students taking the module for credits will need to make sure they attend all classes. However, if for valid reasons you have to miss a class, it is important you catch up with your missed work and inform your tutor.  

If I stop attending will I automatically be withdrawn?  

No, you need to contact languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk who will then be able to process your withdrawal. If you don’t inform us, you will still be enrolled onto the module and therefore any missed classes will be recorded as unauthorised absence.   

Can I be enrolled on more than one language module?  

We don’t recommend you take on too much as it can be quite overwhelming. Students taking a language as part of their degree can choose to benefit from the Languages for All scheme in their first year and select a second language, however students only taking the option module will only be allowed to enrol on one language class (depending on availability).