The Language and Culture Exchange (LCExchange) is based on the idea of connecting people who speak different languages so that they can learn from one another. In previous years we would match two students so that they were learning in pairs, however due to the COVID pandemic we have decided to run online language classes instead.
This format allows more students to get involved and makes the learning experience better. It is more structured allowing you to learn more and join at different levels. The classes are run by other students. The student facilitators are usually native speakers or highly proficient in the language they try to 'teach'. This way creates more relaxed and fun atmosphere when learning and allows both facilitating students and those who are joining in to gain key employability skills and experience. It also gives you the opportunity to meet more people than in a pair setting.
The focus of those online classes is not only on learning the language but also understand the customs and traditions of the country where the language is spoken. Each session will have the culture element embedded where you can learn more about the cultures where the language is spoken. At the end of each course, you can apply for a certificate of participation.
It’s a fantastic way to learn or improve your language skills whilst meeting new people and improving your employability. Best of all its free to Middlesex students.
At present we are planning to run the following online activities (subject to facilitators availability):
- Italian online classes
- Spanish online classes
- French online classes
- Chinese online classes
- Portuguese online classes
The classes will be split into basic and intermediate levels and run for 5 weeks starting mid-October. Most of them will take place in the afternoon (5-6pm UK time) and last for 90min each. Dates and times will be confirmed mid-September once student timetables are finalised.
How will I benefit?
How does it work?
1. You fill in the registration form specifying your language interests and preferences
2. The LCExchange team will contact you with available language courses and events so that you can sign up to participate in them
3. You can fill in a short reflection after each session you attend so that we can provide you with a certificate of participation at the end of the course