Languages

  • Languages for all

  • The School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland provides Languages for All for students from all schools of UWS, UWS staff and members of the public.

    What languages can I study?


    Languages for All offers you the opportunity to start learning ARABIC, FRENCH, GAELIC, GERMAN, MANDARIN or SPANISH or improve your previous knowledge.

    How are the classes taught?

    The focus is on practical language skills that you can use in social, academic and business contexts, and most classes are taught by native speakers. Topics covered are wide ranging and take account of current debates in the countries whose languages you are studying. For total language immersion, classes are conducted in the target language as much as possible, and as they are relatively small you will find that your lecturers will soon know you individually. All modules are credit bearing, the assessment is continuous and there is no exam at the end (except for languages at level 3.1 and 3.2).

    Do I need to have studied a language before?

    No, there are modules at a variety of levels from complete beginner to modules that are suitable for students who have a good command of the language. The majority of modules are twenty credits with some ten credit modules as introductions to the language. See below for example using Spanish. 

    • Introduction to Spanish 1 is for complete beginners and is a 10 credit module, running from September to December.
    • Introduction to Spanish 2 is the follow on module at 10 credits, running from January to April.
    • Spanish 1.1 is 20 credits and suitable for complete beginners with no prior knowledge required. The contents of Introduction 1 and Introduction 2 are covered in this module.
    • Spanish 1.2 is 20 credits and aimed at students who have completed a 1.1 module or have an equivalent knowledge (e.g. good Higher pass)

    The modules above are all studied at SCQF level 7. Other levels of modules are available, please see current timetable.

    Who are the classes suitable for?
    The classes are suitable for anyone who wishes to learn or develop their skills in a language for work, leisure or to increase their knowledge. They are open to students, staff and members of the public.

    Students – On many programmes can choose to take a languages module as one of their options - please discuss with your Programme Leader or personal tutor. Most languages modules are level 7 and therefore for certain year groups this is not possible as an option. For students who cannot take a languages module as an option it is possible to study a language as an extra module and take advantage of a reduced price of £100 for a 20 credit module or £50 for a ten credit module with payment made via the online store www.shop.uws.ac.uk and visit the School of Education page.

    Staff – who have line manager approval for attendance with a budget code, following the agreed process for School/Department, should send a copy of the staff development form to accountsreceivable@uws.ac.uk and languagesforall@uws.ac.uk and apply via https://apply.uws.ac.uk

    Module Co-ordinators if you have a language specific query please contact the Module Co-ordinator

    Arabic: Dr Margaret Allan, Margaret.allan@uws.ac.uk
    French: Laurence Giraud-Johnstone, Laurence.giraud-johnstone@uws.ac.uk
    Gaelic/Mandarin/Spanish: Dr Fernando Leon-Solis, Fernando.leon-solis@uws.ac.uk
    German: Paul Pilger, Paul.pilger@uws.ac.uk

    General email enquiries to languagesforall@uws.ac.uk – please note this email account is monitored by a part-time member of staff.