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You'll start using your new language from the day you join us, with the help of our enthusiastic and experienced teachers.

When you begin a language class at the University of Reading, you join students and teachers from around the world. In this global environment, you develop an understanding of many different cultures, values and beliefs, as you improve your language skills.

Small, friendly classes

With a maximum of 20 students in any one class, your teacher has the time to get to know you, understand your learning needs and offer plenty of feedback to help you improve. Classes are relaxed and friendly, giving you the opportunity to study alongside students from different year groups, courses and nationalities.

This learning environment maximises intellectual stimulation and your development of cultural competence. 

Active learning

From the very start, you will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in your target language through effective, varied and enjoyable activities. Your learning is also enhanced through the use of the latest technology. Examples of activities include:

  • group work
  • role plays
  • student projects
  • class surveys
  • presentations
  • problem-solving exercises.


Boost your skills

To maximise your learning, we offer a range of extra activities and support that can really boost your skills and motivation. The running of these activities will depend upon the teaching and learning circumstances through the year. Examples include:

  • learning buddies – pair up with a native speaker
  • coaching – through our Language Learning Advisor Scheme
  • social events.


Additional study costs

You will need to buy a textbook for your studies. This should cost no more than £50 per module.


There is continuous assessment throughout the course, and your final assessment in the summer exam period involves both an oral and a written exam. For more information check the individual module descriptions listed in the language pages.


If you study a language as a credit-bearing module, your course results will be given on your university transcript as one of your credit modules, alongside your overall degree result and other academic achievements.

As a non-credit student, if you take the assessments, you can request a certificate at the end of the module.

Useful resources

The University's Library provides a wealth of resources to support and stimulate your language learning.  In addition, the Self-Access Centre for Language Learning (SACLL) in Edith Morley room 230, holds multimedia resources and materials to help improve any aspect of language learning.