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We offer courses in: Modern Standard Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Brazilian Portugese, Russian and Spanish, and whatever your current learning level, there's something for you. Find out more about them below: 

 

Which languages can I learn?

Modern Standard Arabic

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with approximately 250 million native speakers and over 200 million non-native speakers worldwide. It is the official language of the 22 member states of the Arab League. The "formal" Arabic language, known as Classical Arabic, is the language found in the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an. Nowadays, this form of Arabic is considered more of a written language than a spoken one.

Modern Standard Arabic is similar but easier than Classical Arabic. It is understood and used across the Arab world and is the main language of the media, television presenters and politicians, and it is also generally the version which is taught in Arabic as a foreign language contexts. In the western world at present, the demand for Arabic speakers and translators far outstrips the current supply, meaning Arabic is a very useful language to know. The Middle East is also one of the world's fastest growing economic areas. 

You can study Arabic at Levels 1 and 2.

French 

French is spoken as a native language by around 80 million people worldwide, and by approximately 190 million people as a foreign language. It is an official language in 29 countries and is the third most widely spoken language in the European Union. French is the language of origin for many English words, so it is likely that English speakers are already au fait with many items of French vocabulary.

You can study French at Levels 1-4.

German

German is spoken by around 100 million native speakers and 80 million non-native speakers. It is the official language of Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, and it is one of the official languages of Switzerland. It has the most native speakers within the Europe Union, and is the most widely known second language after English. German and English are both West Germanic languages, so there are many similarities between English and German. German is important for those interested in business, finance and economics, with Germany’s economy now the largest in the European Union. It is also a useful language for scientists and engineers, as the German-speaking countries produce a large amount of scientific research.

You can study German at Levels 1-4.

Italian

Italian is spoken as a native language by around 60-70 million people worldwide, with another 40-50 million speaking it as an additional language. Italian is the official language of Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City, and it is also one of the official languages of Switzerland. Italian has historically been dominant in areas such as food, architecture, music and literature, so there are many items of vocabulary in these domains which have their roots in Italian.

You can study Italian at Levels 1 and 2.

Japanese

Japanese is spoken by around 130 million people. As well as in Japan itself, Japanese-speaking communities are to be found throughout South East Asia and as far afield as Brazil and Hawaii. Japan is one of the largest economies in the world, particularly noted for its strengths in areas such as business, engineering, manufacturing, research and economics. Japanese culture is popular throughout the world. Japanese is the third most spoken native language amongst Internet users. Many Japanese words are now widely used in English, such as honcho, futon, manga, tycoon, and karaoke (lit: empty orchestra).

You can study Japanese at Levels 1-3.

Mandarin

Around one in five of the world’s population speaks a form of Chinese. Mandarin is by far the most widely spoken version, with an estimated 885 million speakers worldwide. It is the official language of the People's Republic of China, the world's most populated country. With China fast emerging as a new economic superpower, there has never been a better or more profitable time to learn this language. 

You can study Mandarin at Levels 1 and 2.

Brazilian Portugese

Portuguese is the seventh most spoken language in the world, with around 215 million native speakers worldwide. Around half of the total population of South America speaks Portuguese as a first language. It is spoken in the eight member states of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP): Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, The Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and East Timor. It is also an official language of Macau, along with Cantonese.

You can study Brazilian Portuguese at Levels 1 and 2.

Russian

Russian is the most widely spoken native language in Europe, with more than 275 million people speaking it as either a primary or secondary language. Russian is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is a lingua franca throughout Eastern Europe, a legacy of Russia's superpower status. It has been estimated that 60–70% of all information is published in both English and Russian. Over a quarter of the world's scientific literature is also published in Russian. Around 10% of Russian words are internationalisms, and are therefore similar to English words. There are also many loan words from Italian, German and French, so you will be at an advantage if you already know any of these languages.

You can study Russian at Levels 1 and 2.

Spanish

Spanish is one of the world's most widely spoken languages, with an estimated 500 million people either native speakers or fluent non-native speakers. Spanish is the official language of Spain and it also enjoys official language status in many Central and South American countries, which were former Spanish colonies. The USA is also seeing a growing number of Spanish speakers among its population, mainly due to immigration from its southern neighbours. In Africa, Spanish is spoken in Equatorial Guinea and in the Western Sahara.

You can study Spanish at Levels 1-4.

 

 

Which level is suitable for me?

Level 1

For beginners with no prior knowledge of the language.

Level 1.5

For learners with very limited prior knowledge of the language. This knowledge may have been gained from classes at school several years ago or from informal self-study. Level 1.5 courses follow a similar format to Level 1 classes, but they are taught at a faster pace.

Level 2

For post-beginners with some prior knowledge of the language. As an approximate guide, this level is likely to be suitable if you:

  • have had about 40 hours of tuition and can understand some familiar words and phrases when listening to or reading the language;
  • have completed Brunel’s Level 1 or Level 1.5 course in the language;
  • have achieved GCSE or equivalent Grade C;
  • have achieved Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
  • can introduce yourself and state your name, nationality and place of origin;
  • have some knowledge of how to form questions and negative statements;
  • know the numbers and the alphabet.

Level 3

For lower intermediate students. As an approximate guide, this level is likely to be suitable if you:

Level 4

  • For intermediate-advanced students. As an approximate guide, this level is likely to be suitable if you:

 

The course was great, it is really difficult to be able to teach a complete new alphabet and language to a group of students who are completely new to it, and our teacher does it wonderfully! 
Gaia Curti, Russian 1, 2015-16