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Do you want to study French, German or Spanish?

Whether you are a true beginner or have already studied a European language you can now join our free-elective credit-bearing courses. 

Benefits:

  • Make your CV stand out by being able to communicate in French, Spanish or German (up to A2 level).
  • Maximise your European exchange experience by learning one of these languages: regardless of where you go, you will always meet French, Spanish and German speaking students.
  • Become eligible for PolyU and European Consulates’ funding for a summer trip to Europe.
  • Do your WIE in Europe (and maybe get a job with your sponsoring company).
  • Learn about the culture as well as the language.
  • Enjoy yourself while learning (these subjects get high SFQ scores regularly).

Is it very hard?

If you are interested and motivated, then language lessons can be some of the most fun and rewarding experiences you’ll have during your university life: 

  • We’ve had serious moments to learn grammar and sentence structures  [but] we have spent more time doing interesting activities, like drawing and doing role plays. We have had a lot of fun. Esther (2012).
  • I do enjoy having Spanish class and honestly it is one of my favorite classes among these semesters. Carol (2012)
  • I never thought I would miss my Spanish lessons. Melody (2014)
  • What aspects of the subject were most useful to your learning? Mostly everything. (Anonymous, from SFQ)

What do you need to do now:

  • If you are sure you would like to study a language, register as soon as you can (groups fill up fast).
  • If you are not sure, have a look at the syllabi below and feel free to come to the first week lesson this term to try out the subject.
  • If you attend lessons the first two weeks and you would like to register after all, please do so on or before 13 September 2019. 

All of the subjects below will count towards the Minor in European Studies (should you later decide you want to enrol in the Minor). 

Semester 1 (September)           Semester 2 (January) 

 

ENGL2008 Elementary Spanish I (syllabus)

Group 1
Tue, 11:30 – 12:30, V313
Fri, 09:30 – 11:30, V316

Group 2
Tue, 17:30 – 18:30, V314
Thu, 15:30 – 17:30, V313

Group 3
Mon, 17:30 – 18:30, V314
Thu, 12:30 – 14:30, R1106

Group 4 
Wed, 18:30 – 19:30, QR609
Thu, 19:30 – 21:30, HJ209

    To Be Confirmed

 

 

 

 

ENGL2009 Elementary Spanish II (syllabus)

Group 1
Mon, 15:30 – 17:30, Y521
Wed, 10:30 – 11:30, Y521

 

 

ENGL3016 Intermediate Spanish I (syllabus)

Group 1
Wed, 11:30 – 12:30, P305
Fri, 11:30 – 13:30, R402

 

 

ENGL2012 Elementary French I (syllabus)

Group 1
Tue, 11:30 – 12:30, V314
Thu, 12:30 – 14:30, V316

Group 2
Wed, 19:30 – 21:30, QR609
Thu, 18:30 – 19:30, HJ209

 

 

 

ENGL2014 Elementary German I (syllabus)

Group 1
Thu, 11:30 – 12:30, R903
Fri, 12:30 – 14:30, QR514

Group 2
Wed, 19:30 – 21:30, P305
Thu, 18:30 – 19:30, QR609

 

 

Coming soon: Intermediate French and German I and II and Advanced I Spanish, German and French
Other levels on demand – let us know!

FAQ:

I have already studied some French/Spanish/German—can I join the Elementary I course?
If you studied a long time ago and have already forgotten most of it, yes. But if your level is higher than that of the group, then no. It would be unfair to the group and to you, as you will be bored and waste your time doing something you are already good at.
Besides, language courses are quite expensive, so why not take advantage of learning a higher level? 

I have taken the STARS French/Spanish/German course, can I skip Elementary I?
No, you can’t. The STARS course is only an introductory course and you will soon be doing new things in Elementary I. Do not skip the first weeks as new content will be covered during these as well.

Is there a placement test?
For Elementary I, no.
For other levels, yes, if you have not studied the previous level with us.  Placement tests will take place at the beginning of each semester during the first week. For the semester 1 of 2019-20 academic year, the placements tests will be in AG314 at 2-4pm on 12 September 2019. You can come anytime during 2-4pm for about 20 minutes. Please register here to take the test.  

If I have studied a language somewhere else will the credits be transferred?
If you are an ENGL student or a student of the Minor in European Studies, maybe yes (we will need to check every case). You will need to have studied at a higher level institution recognised by PolyU (for example, if you studied a language while you were on exchange), and the number of taught hours you had should be around 39.
Contact Dr. Anne Schluter, Exchange Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for any matters regarding credit transfer if you are an ENGL or European Studies Minor.

I can’t register because the subject does not appear in the system, what do I do?
Students from some faculties have this problem. Don’t worry, come to class for the first two weeks and then register during the add/drop period. Talk to your teacher the first week and explain your situation. This is very important because if the subject is over-subscribed we might not be able to do much, so your teacher will make a note of your name. If after the add/drop period you still cannot register we will help you do it manually.

The group is full, what do I do?
Check out availability for another group.
If all groups are full, don’t worry, come to class for the first two weeks and then register during the add/drop period when additional spaces will become available.
Talk to your teacher the first week and explain your situation. This is very important because if the subject is over-subscribed we might not be able to do much, so your teacher will make a note of your name. If after the add/drop period you still cannot register we will help you do it manually.

If the group is over-subscribed, what happens?
In the past, we have been able to open extra groups if there were enough students. But you need to tell us, otherwise we don’t know what the ‘oversubscription’ total is. Talk to your teacher.

I am doing the European Studies Minor and my language subject clashes with another subject, what do I do?
See if there is another group you can join. Contact the language teacher and explain the situation. If you can join another group then we will change you manually. If all groups clash with core subjects then come to the first week of class and talk to the teacher (sometimes we can change the time of lessons, if the group is small, or open a new group, if it is very large).  

What is the A2 level?
We follow the levels set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. More information: https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/level-descriptions. Germany, France and Spain’s Language Institutions have all developed curricula and exams based on the requirements set by the CEFR. We follow these.
The level A1 is covered in about 80 hours (two semesters), and the level A2 in another 80 hours or so.  After finishing a level A1 you are capable of finding your way around, talk about yourself, your family, your city. After finishing a level A2 you can have a (simple) conversation. To study a content subject in the foreign language you are required a B2 level and a C2 is as close to native as you can get.

Will I get an official certificate when I finish?
No, we do not issue certificates. If you are interested in taking the official exam of the Goethe Institut (Germany), Alliance Française (France) or Instituto Cervantes (Spain), let your teacher know. Every year we have a number of students taking these tests, so your teacher will be able to help you prepare for it and also let you know what level to go for.

I am interested in spending time in Europe—what can I do?
Great, that is the best way to improve your language abilities. Depending on your department you might have access to exchange programmes in these countries. The university also has exchange programmes there. Take advantage of these opportunities and start learning the language before you go abroad. Your department should take into account the fact that you have been studying the language.
CAPS also offers WIE in some of these countries. Keep an eye on their calls.
Some of the European Consulates offer prizes (money) to the best language students which you can use to study and travel abroad. Your teachers will tell you about these.

Students requiring more information are welcome to contact Dr. Renia Lopez via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last updated in Jul 2019