LANGUAGE CLASSES

Our classes are fun, friendly and informal and are taught by our amazing team of dedicated volunteer teachers. Classes run all year – check term dates below.

 

Why Learn A Second Language?

Timetable

There will be NEW classes starting in early February 2020. Schedule of the classes will be updated at the end of January. 

For the first day of class only, please meet outside our office. We are located at the ground floor of University of Manchester’s Students’ Union. 

5 MORE Ways to Improve your English Conversation

Wednesdays 17:30 – 19:00

Teacher: John

Lesson dates (5 lessons total)
13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£22.50 members
£27.50 non-members

This is a continuation of ‘5 Ways to Improve Your English Conversation’. If you would be interested in taking part in a repeat of the first 5 classes, please email elyshamawer@internationalsociety.org.uk 

Perfect Your Pronunciation – Season 2

Mondays 17:30 – 19:00

Teacher: John

Lesson dates (4 lessons total)
11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12

£18 members
£22 non-members

This is a continuation of Perfect your Pronunciation 1. It is not essential to have attended the first 4 classes to join this class.

English: Academic Writing – Season 2

Tuesdays 5:30 – 7.00pm

Teacher: John

 

Lesson dates (4 lessons total)
19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£18 members
£22 non-members

It is not essential to have attended the first 4 classes to join this class. 

Classes starting week of Monday 7th October 2019. Please enquire in office if a class has already started. 

Arabic Beginners  

Wednesday 17.30-19.00

Teacher: Wiam

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

English Elementary – Pre-Intermediate

Thursday 12.15-13.45

Teacher: Ruth

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

English Conversation (Advanced)

Tuesday 12.15 – 13.45pm

Teacher: Janet

Lesson dates (9 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

NO CLASS ON 29TH OCTOBER

£40.50 members
£49.50 non-members

English: Academic Writing – Season 1

Tuesday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: John

Lesson dates (4 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10

£18 members
£22 non-members

This is an introductory course. It covers some of the basic grammar and writing tasks for academic writing. It provides practice and helps you revise basic grammar. It is NOT an advanced course!

Perfect your Pronunciation – Season 1

Monday 17:30-19:00pm

Teacher: John

Lesson dates (4 lessons total)
07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10

£18 members
£22 non-members

5 Ways to Improve Your English Conversation (Intermediate)

Wednesday 17:30-19:00pm

Teacher: John

Lesson dates (5 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11

£22.50 members
£27.50 non-members

SOLD OUT

NEW: French Beginners

Thursday 14.00 – 15.30pm

Teacher: Charlotte

Lesson dates (8 lessons total)
24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£36 members
£44 non-members

French Beginners

Tuesday 17.30-19.00pm

Teacher: Alexandra

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

You can still join a class before the 2nd one takes place – you will need to register in our office. 

French Beginners

Monday 17:30-19:00pm

Teacher: Alize

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/11, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 09/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

French Elementary

Thursday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Cecile

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

You can still join a class before the 2nd one takes place – you will need to register in our office. 

French Elementary

Wednesday 7.15pm – 8.45pm

Teacher: Jules

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

German Beginners

Monday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Carlotta

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 9/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

German Beginners

Tuesdays 15.45 – 17.15

Teacher: Michelle

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

German Elementary

Wednesday 14:00-15.30pm

Teacher: Nattie

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12 

£45 members
£55 non-members

Greek Beginners

Tuesday 17.30-19.00pm

Teacher: Emmanouela

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Greek Pre-Intermediate 2

Friday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Mary

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
11/10, 18/10, 25/10, 01/11, 08/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 06/12, 13/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

Italian Beginners

Thursday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Chiara

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Italian Elementary

Wednesday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Andrea

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, [tbc], 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12 

£45 members
£55 non-members

NEW: Japanese Beginners

Monday 10.30 – 12.00pm

Teacher: Yoko

Lesson dates (8 lessons total)
21/10, 28/10, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 9/12

£36 members
£44 non-members

Japanese Beginners

Tuesday 17.30-19.00

Teacher: Momoko

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Japanese Beginners

Friday 2.00pm – 3.30pm  

Teacher: Yoko

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
11/10, 18/10, 25/10, 01/11, 08/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 06/12, 13/12  

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Japanese Elementary

Thursdays 5.30 – 7.00pm

with Masa

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Korean Beginners

Tuesday 17.30-19.00

Teacher: Jaeyoon

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Mandarin Beginners

Wednesday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Ruijuan

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

NEW: Mandarin Beginners 

Thursday 5.30 – 7.00pm

Teacher: Haiyang

Lesson dates (9 lessons total)
17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£40.50 members
£49.50 non-members

Mandarin Beginners 2 – MMU Chinese Society

Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.00pm

St Peter’s House 

Teacher: Yan

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

You will need to register for this class in our office. 

Mandarin Elementary

Wednesday 15.45 – 17.15pm

Teacher: Yang

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

Russian Beginners

Friday 12.15-13.45

Teacher: Sergei

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
11/10, 18/10, 25/10, 01/11, 08/11, 15/11, 22/11, 29/11, 06/12, 13/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

NEW: Spanish Beginners

Monday 17.30 – 19.00pm 

Teacher: Carmen

Lesson dates (8 lessons total)
21/10, 28/11, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 09/12

£36 members
£44 non-members

SOLD OUT

Spanish Beginners

Tuesday 19.15-20.45

Teacher: Enrique

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 03/12, 10/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Spanish Beginners

Wednesdays 19.15 – 20.45

with Hugo

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

Spanish Beginners

Thursday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Raul

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 05/12, 12/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

You can still join a class before the 2nd one takes place – you will need to register in our office. 

Spanish Elementary

Monday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Diego

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/11, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 09/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

Spanish Intermediate

Wednesday 17.30 – 19.00pm

Teacher: Juan

Lesson dates (10 lessons total)
09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12

£45 members
£55 non-members

SOLD OUT

CLASS POLICY

ABOUT THE CLASSES

The classes usually consist of 10 lessons of 90 minutes each; with the lessons taking place once per week. This can vary depending on the class – these details are listed alongside each class in the list above.

 

 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

You can either register online, or you can drop into our office on the ground floor of the University of Manchester Students’ Union on Oxford Road and register there. Please be aware that our more popular classes can fill up very quickly so make sure to register as early as you can to avoid disappointment.

WHEN CAN I REGISTER?

As soon as the details of a class are confirmed with the volunteer teacher, we will post them online. Online registration will generally close when the first lesson starts; some classes will always be open for registration; please get in touch to clarify. If online registration has closed with the first lesson, and you would still like to register, you will need to come into our office (ground floor UMSU) before the second class where we may be able to allow you to register depending on space in the class.

WHERE DO THE CLASSES TAKE PLACE?

Most of our classes will take place on the University of Manchester campus. You can find a map and our full address here. When you arrive for your first class, report to our office on the ground floor of the UMSU and a member of staff will inform you of the exact location of your class and help you to find it.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Classes cost £45 for members and £55 for non-members; this is the standard price for ten weeks of lessons, with one lesson of an hour and a half per week. Some classes may have more (or less) lessons and the price would be increased or decreased to reflect that. The full payment must be made in order to join a class.

CAN I TRY A CLASS? (NO!)

You must register in full for a class before you are able to attend. It is extremely disruptive for both students and teachers if people try to attend lessons without registering first. Our volunteer teachers will require students to show a confirmation and photo ID so anyone found trying to attend lessons without registering will be removed from the class and may be banned from attending classes at the International Society in the future.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?

Our classes are strictly for adults (over-18’s) only. Unfortunately we are unable to provide classes for younger students.

CAN I CHANGE CLASS?

If you find the class you have joined is not suitable, you can be transferred into a different class with available spaces before the second class has taken place.

DO I GET A QUALIFICATION?

We are not an accredited language school and cannot provide a formal qualification. However we are very happy to provide you with an official letter of attendance from the International Society.

WHO ARE THE TEACHERS?

All of the language teachers at the International Society are volunteers. In many cases they have qualifications and/or experience as a teacher but also many may be teaching for the first time in order to gain experience. Please be supportive of the teachers as they are giving their time and energy for free.

 

 

HOW DO REFUNDS WORK?

A refund can be claimed before your second class if you no longer wish to attend. In this instance a refund will be given for the remaining classes. Alternatively, if the class you have joined is not suitable, you can be transferred into a different class with available spaces before the second class. A cancellation charge of £1.00 per class is applicable.

 

If by the end of term a teacher has been absent and has been unable to offer replacement classes a refund will be given for each class that didn’t take place. Please note that replacement classes may not take place at the original day and time of the classes. 

  

Refunds will not be given for classes that you have missed.

 

 

 

 

 

ANY QUESTIONS? :0)

What's my level?

We use the European Language Levels as a rough guide to help you self-select your class. Unfortunately with so many different languages available we are unable to offer a testing system. Once you’ve joined a class, if you feel that you need a higher or lower level, then get in touch and we can move you to a more suitable class (if one is available).

BEGINNERS
(equivalent to European Language Level A1)
The student has had none or little contact with the language though the student might be familiar with a few words, expressions and grammar basics.

ELEMENTARY
(equivalent to European Language Level A2)
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

PRE-INTERMEDIATE
(equivalent to European Language Level B1)
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

INTERMEDIATE
(equivalent to European Language Level B2)
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

UPPER-INTERMEDIATE
(equivalent to European Language Level C1)
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

ADVANCED
(equivalent to European Language Level C2)
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Share your language and culture

The International Society has up to 70 volunteer teachers teaching classes at any one time; and 100’s over the course of a year. Often teachers teach with us for many years.

Some of our teachers are students at the universities in Greater Manchester who want to share something of their language and culture and get some teaching experience; some are teachers who are recently qualified and are looking for some practical experience and some are qualified teachers with years of experience.

As a teacher you would be responsible for the content of the lessons that you teach and for checking the register with your students.

In return for teaching a class at the Society you can attend the other classes for free. In addition, there are teacher meetings, feedback sessions and free teaching training workshops where you can meet the other teachers, share experiences and learn something new.

We welcome new applications and recruit new teachers throughout the year. To volunteer click the button below to complete the volunteer form. PLEASE NOTE THAT AS WE HAVE A LOT OF APPLICATIONS IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO REPLY TO YOU STRAIGHT AWAY.

“Teaching at the International Society has been fabulous; I’ve met so many great people, had fun sharing my own language with them, and learning so much about others – highly recommended!” – Unmi (Korean Beginners)

Volunteer to teach

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