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Languages 2021/2022


Some classes are sold out or have limited places, please check individual listings before enrolling.

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.

When selecting a language course, you are welcome to call our Programme Director, Christopher Lillington, to discuss which level may be most appropriate for you. The following provides a general guide. Christopher is also available to discuss which level is appropriate for you on our Enrolment Evening in early September. In order to sustain the programme, following the reduction in enrolments due to the pandemic, we are not able to advertise our usual full programme of levels in each language, but tutors will work with students to ensure that progression is maintained. We are very flexible, so if you begin a course and it is agreed with your tutor that the level is incorrect, we are happy to move you, as long as places are available.

Description of Levels

Level Description
Beginners

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

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Continuation 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.)

French

Level Day Location Time Tutor

Beginners

Thursday In School 7pm - 9pm  Kath Robinson
Intermediate 1 Wednesday In School 7pm - 9pm  Kath Robinson
Intermediate 2 Tuesday In School 7pm - 9pm  Kath Robinson

Intermediate 4 - SOLD OUT

Monday In School 7pm - 9pm  Virginia Mordey

Conversation/Advanced 

Monday In School 7pm - 9pm  Fanny Walters

German

Level Day Location Time Tutor

Beginners - SOLD OUT

Waiting list available

Tuesday In School 7 - 9pm Maren Swift

Intermediate 3

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

Italian

Level Day Location Time Tutor

Beginners

SOLD OUT - additional class below

Thursday In School 7pm - 9pm  Alessio Pitirra
Beginners Wednesday In School 7pm - 9pm Alessio Pitirra

Intermediate 1

SOLD OUT

Wednesday In School 7pm - 9pm  Irene Baleani
Intermediate 2 Monday In School 7pm - 9pm  Sabrina Casarin
Intermediate 3 Monday In School 5pm - 6.45pm Sabrina Casarin
Conversation/Advanced Tuesday In School 7pm - 9pm Irene Baleani

Japanese

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

Russian

Level Day Location Time Tutor
Beginners Monday In School 7pm - 9pm Yulia Taran

Spanish

Level Day Location Time Tutor

Beginners

SOLD OUT - additional class below

Thursday In School 7pm - 9pm Luisa Pérez-Gieb Rodríguez
Beginners Wednesday In School 7pm - 9pm TBC

Continuation

SOLD OUT

Monday In School 7pm - 9pm Isabel Ruiz
Intermediate 1 Wednesday In School 7pm - 9pm Isabel Ruiz
Intermediate 3 Tuesday In School 7pm - 9pm Isabel Ruiz

British Sign Language

Level Day Location Time Tutor
BSL Level One 
Please see important information about BSL here.
Monday In School 7pm - 9pm Karen Healy
BSL Level Two
Please see important information about BSL here.
Wednesday In School 6.30pm - 9pm Karen Healy

Courses run initially for 10 weeks, except BSL Level 2 (12 weeks).  Courses commence week beginning Monday 20th September 2021.

All our language courses run for the Autumn Term initially. In most cases, students will be invited to continue for a further term after Christmas, and then another term after Easter. Therefore, many courses actually run for 3 terms in total. We use this system of termly enrolment because our students prefer it.