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What is the ‘Language and Culture Exchange’?

The Language and Culture Exchange (LCExchange) is a scheme based on the idea of connecting two people who speak different languages to learn from one another. For example, a Spanish speaking student who wants to improve their English will be paired up with an English speaking student who wants to learn Spanish. The exchange will occur through friendly conversation (either face to face or online) in a relaxed atmosphere. Note: at the moment we advise that all meetings will take place online ( for example via zoom or Skype).Also all social events will be hosted on virtual platforms in 2020.

The focus is not only on learning the language but also understanding the customs and traditions of that country. Learning happens through doing, so the idea of the LCExchange is to practice the language whenever you can and to meet with your partner as often as possible. What better way to learn a new language (or practice an existing one) in an informal and fun way! It’s a fantastic way to learn or improve your language skills whilst meeting new people and best of all, it's free to Middlesex students.

Watch this short video to see how we will run the scheme this academic year, or at least until there is a need for social distancing.

How will I benefit?

  • You'll learn the basics of a new language or practice another language you speak
  • You'll have fun meeting new people, developing your professional network, share experiences and build confidence
  • It’ll improve your career prospects and demonstrates that you are open to new experiences and people
  • It’s flexible - you learn at your own pace, when it’s suitable for you and for however long you need
  • You'll gain a certificate of engagement

How does it work?

  1. You fill out the Language and Culture Exchange registration form.
  2. We (the LCExchange Team) will try to match you with your language partner (considering your preferences, where possible)
  3. You will contact with your language partner to arrange best times to meet online for both of you
  4. You can then start learning your desired language and help your language partner learn yours
  5. You can also join wide range of our virtual meet-ups and events to learn new things and meet new people

Remember, as a pair you are in control of how the partnership will work. From how often you meet up, to the topics you wish to cover and how long the partnership will last. All of these elements will be negotiated between you both to see how you can best learn from one another and make the Language and Culture Exchange work for you.

What support will I get?

  • We will try to match you with a suitable language partner
  • We have a dedicated team you can contact for support and advice
  • You will also have access to the Language and Culture Exchange social events that we organise. Those will take place online in 2020.
  • You will have access to an online space on MyLearning with a range of materials, resources and suggestions on managing the partnership and sample topics to cover during your meetings

Like the sound of this? Want to get involved? Sign up!

Find out more about us on our My Learning Page

Register your interest by filling in this form. We’ll do our very best to help to find a partner with the language you wish to learn.

The registration for the next academic year will start mid-September but you can fill in this form and we will contact you when we restart the scheme. In the meantime visit our MyLearning page to access variety of online resources and learn more about the scheme.  

If you have any questions please email LCexchange@mdx.ac.uk

*The Language and Culture Exchange is available to Middlesex students aged 18 and over*

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