Choosing your language level
You can access language stage description sheets online by clicking on the 'course descriptions' link above or phoning 0141 330 1835 and asking for the relevant sheets to be sent out. If you are still unsure which course to join, you can also talk to a tutor on our languages helpline between 13.00 and 14.00 on Thursdays from 9 August 2012: the helpline number is 0141 330 1817/1854.
About the courses
Currently, the Centre for Open Studies offers courses in 16 languages at levels ranging from beginner to advanced. The classes are designed to enable participants to speak the language they are learning. As part of normal classroom teaching, students will practise speaking the language in pairs or small groups and will also be given the option of doing written homework between classes. All of the courses can contribute credit to the Certificate in Higher Education.
Early enrolment helps
If a course struggles to recruit students, it may have to be cancelled a week or two in advance of the first class. This allows those who have enrolled to find an alternative activity and also frees up badly-needed teaching space. If students can enrol at least two weeks before the starting date it helps us keep courses running and plan the best use of classrooms.
If, after attending your chosen class, you find you may need to change day, time or level then please contact the languages section directly on 0141 330 1817/1854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to transfer you to a class more suited to your needs though we cannot guarantee this.
About assessment and accreditation
Almost all language courses are worth 12 SCOTCAT credits and students achieve the credits when, through normal classroom activities (not through an examination) they demonstrate a minimum level of competence expected for their particular course. Students who first enter the language programme at Stages 2, 3 or 4 and successfully complete the course will be eligible to receive credit for the lower level courses as well; e.g. a student who joins and successfully completes a Stage 2 German class would on request be credited with 24 SCOTCAT credits.
Unless otherwise stated all courses run for two hours per week over 20 weeks. Term 1 begins on Monday 03 October 2011. Students will be advised of the precise venue in the University after registration for the course. Please note courses are also offered outside Glasgow.
Student ID Card
Students taking a language course of 12 credits will be eligible for a Student ID Card. Amongst other benefits, this will give you access to the University Library, the Language Centre Library and the Sports Facilities (fee applies), and allow access to University computing facilities.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within these pages but it is subject to alteration without notice. We will make all reasonable endeavour to deliver courses in accordance with the descriptions set. The University, however, reserves the right to make variations to the content or methods of delivery of courses, to discontinue courses and to merge or combine courses, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. In the event of industrial action or other circumstances beyond the University's control interfering with its ability to provide these courses and services, the University will undertake to minimize disruption as far as is practicable.