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Learning support

Members of staff are always available in the Language Centre during opening hours to assist you in your language learning

Feel free to approach us with any queries regarding our courses, support and services.

Moodle: language gateway

The Language Gateway on Moodle is where you can access our Online Resources and Film Database, sign up to our Tandem Learning programme and get advice on independent learning.

Online resources

We have a collection of recommended resources to aid independent language study. The language resource pages act as a filter to the vast number of language learning resources available on the web.

You will find resources, organised by language, skill and level such as the following:

  • live & recorded TV
  • radio streams
  • study skills sections
  • podcasts, listening & pronunciation
  • arts & culture sections

You can also search for resources through the Digital Resource Finder.

Tandem learning

Would you like to practise the language you’re learning by meeting regularly with a native speaker?

  • we suggest signing up to the Tandem Learning programme on Moodle, so that you can find a language buddy to exchange your languages
  • alternatively, if you don’t wish to sign up you can look among the list of students already signed up and contact them directly
  • another option is to look for students learning the same language as you, should you wish to form a study group

Would you like to practise the language you're learning by meeting regularly with a native speaker?

  • the Tandem Learning Programme is a great way to supplement your language learning. It is free of charge and you can benefit whatever your language level
  • find a buddy to exchange Language practice! Sign up to Tandem on Moodle(Only available to LSE members and students taking Certificate courses)

Useful tips and suggestions for tandem learning

Once you have a tandem learning buddy it is up to you how you work together, but here are a few pointers:

  • meet up regularly (Study Area of the Language Centre would be a good place!)
  • plan your meetings. You can do this during your first meeting by listing your aims, needs and the topics you both want to cover
  • divide the time equally between both languages
  • keep a record of what you cover during each meeting

If you are uncertain of how to approach your studying:

  • you can base your meetings around a course book that you are using
  • you might want to concentrate on a particular topic so that you can expand your vocabulary in that area
  • you could focus on different skills each time you meet (listening, speaking, writing, reading)
  • you can always ask the staff at the Language Centre for advice on what to do, materials to use etc.

Feedback

We want to give you the best service possible. Please tell us about anything you think we can do better, should start doing and of course anything you think we have done well!

Language events

We organise a series of events throughout the year, based on the languages we offer. These may include the following:

  • language skills workshops
  • improvisation sessions
  • advice sessions on independent learning & digital literacy
  • conversation groups

For further details and to book, please take a look at our programme on the Training and Development System.

Language learning skills

Foreign language films

We have a large selection of foreign language films, with subtitles, which you can borrow.

  • some of them are currently used in conjunction with courses
  • watching films is an excellent way to complement your language studies; in particular it helps with vocabulary and listening

You can browse our online catalogue on the Language Gateway.