Have you ever thought about learning a new language, but didn’t know where or when to start? Well, the University of Leicester has all the answers for you – even if you’re not a student.
Languages@Leicester offer a range of different courses, at a range of different levels, that are open to all members of the public. I’m currently learning Russian, so I’ll mostly be telling you about that, but if you want to find out what other languages are on offer, have a look here!
You may think – why Russian? Well, if you’ve read some of my previous posts, you might know that my interests lie in Russian history – specifically the experience of the Gulag which is what my dissertation is focusing on.
Since my last post about my dissertation (you can find it here, if you’re interested), I’ve had to change my idea due to the fact that a lot of the official government documents that I wanted to use haven’t been translated into English. This got my thinking that if I want to take my study of Russian history further into a career in academia – which is an option I’m seriously considering – then I’m going to need to learn Russian.
So this might be an option for those of your reading who are budding historians – whether you’re interested in French, German or even Chinese history, it would enhance your studies, and the amount of primary sources you can access to, a great deal. Also, if you’re doing a year abroad in Europe with your course you get a 50% discount on a full 20 week course!
But there are plenty of other reasons to learn a language – it looks great on your CV. It’s a real advantage to have a second language in the crazy-competitive world we live in, it can make you stand out when applying for graduate jobs or internships.
The course fees vary depending on which language you want to do but they start from around £200 for the full period, which includes the price of the (optional) final exam. You can of course only do 10 weeks for a lower fee as well, depending on how much teaching you feel you need – perhaps you’re generally quite confident in the language but just need a bit of a refresher.
It’s something I would advise you all to consider because not only is it beneficial for you professionally, it’s also a lot of fun and get to meet some new people.