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Languages 2019/2020

Our extensive programme of language learning opportunities for the local community continues to thrive. We believe that no other secondary school in West Yorkshire offers such a diverse range of language courses on just one site, as part of its own independent programme.

If you have learned a language with us in the past, we hope you will join us again in the coming year. If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique language-learning resource, we would be delighted to welcome you on to our programme.

We can take enrolments for Languages courses at any time through the year, except for Beginners courses.

Some Levels have sold out - please check on individual levels before enrolling. We can take waiting lists for some levels - contact Pippa McPherson on 01943 463524.


Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30pm Rima Bayoud Bennett


Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners Wednesday 7 - 9pm  Anne Chevalier
Continuation Thursday 7 - 9pm  Kath Robinson
Intermediate 1 Monday 7 - 9pm  Kath Robinson
Intermediate 2 Tuesday 7 - 9pm Kath Robinson
Intermediate 3 Wednesday 7 - 9pm  Kath Robinson
Intermediate 4 (Sold Out. Email for waiting list.) Monday 7 - 9pm Virginia Mordey
Conversation/Advanced Monday 7 - 9pm Anne Chevalier


Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners Tuesday 7 - 9pm  Maren Swift
Intermediate 2 Monday 7 - 9pm Neil McDonald

Intermediate 3

Tuesday 7 - 9pm Imme Feist
Conversation/Advanced Thursday 7 - 9pm Imme Feist


Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners (SOLD OUT) Wednesday 7 - 9pm  Sabrina Casarin
Continuation Monday 7 - 9pm  Sabrina Casarin
Intermediate  1 Thursday 7 - 9pm Sabrina Casarin
Intermediate  2 Wednesday 7 - 9pm Giorgia Leone
Intermediate  3 Monday 7 - 9pm Maria Castrignano
Conversation/Advanced Tuesday 7 - 9pm Anna Ferrari


Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners Thursday 7 - 9pm Erin Street

Mandarin Chinese

Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30pm Miffy Loxton


Level Day Time Tutor
Beginners (SOLD OUT) Thursday 7 - 9pm Nicola Pawley
Beginners (additional class starting Mon 14th October, may merge to Thurs later, if numbers drop.) Monday 7 - 9pm Isabel Ruiz
Continuation (SOLD OUT) Wednesday 7 - 9pm Nicola Pawley
Intermediate 1 Thursday 7 - 9pm Isabel Ruiz
Intermediate 2 Wednesday 7 - 9pm Isabel Ruiz
Intermediate 3 Tuesday 7 - 9pm Isabel Ruiz

British Sign Language

Level Day Time Tutor
BSL Level One (SOLD OUT. More info here) Monday 7 - 9pm Karen Healy
BSL Level Two (no longer running - possible additional BSL 1 course. Contact Pippa McPherson.  Wednesday 7 - 9pm Karen Healy

All language courses run initially for 10 weeks, except BSL Level 2, which has a 12 week block (please see BSL). Courses commence week beginning Monday 16th September 2019.

When selecting a language course, you are welcome to call our Language Programme Director, Chris Lillington, to discuss which level may be most appropriate for you. The following provides a general guide (does not apply to Sign Language):


An introductory course with a particular focus on basic “holiday language”.
For those with very little or no previous knowledge.


A continuation of the Beginners course, this level revises and builds on basic knowledge.
At least one year of previous study.

Intermediate 1

A stronger focus on grammatical awareness and conversational language, moving on from “holiday language”.
At least two years of previous study.

Intermediate 2

For students who want to be able to converse using a wider range of tenses and topics.
At least three years of previous study.

Intermediate 3

For students working at approximately GCSE level with a secure grasp of grammar, who wish to build their vocabulary and develop their fluency.
At least four years of previous study.

Intermediate 4
(French only)

In French only, we have introduced an additional level for students moving towards Conversation/Advanced, who want to develop a more secure grasp of grammar and broaden their vocabulary while developing their fluency further.
At least five years of previous study.

Conversation / Advanced

This course has a strong focus on conversational language and makes use of authentic texts and listening material.
At least five years of previous study (six years in French.)

All our language courses run for a 10 week block initially. In most cases, students will be invited to continue for a further 10 weeks after Christmas, and then another 10 weeks after Easter. Therefore, many courses actually run for 30 weeks in total. We use this system of termly enrolment because our students prefer it.

*Please note that the Beginners course is intended for students learning the language “from scratch”. If you wish to take up a language which you have studied in the past, please try the Continuation course rather than the Beginners course. This will ensure that both you and the other students in the group get the most out of the course.