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Frequently asked questions

What is the average number of contact hours?

On average you will have about 12-14 hours per week of in-class activities, depending on your course and language level. As a rough guide we say that for every hour in the classroom there will be another hour of guided preparation or follow-up work.

We regularly discuss workload management with our students, and will support you through both classroom activities and extracurricular support on how to handle the demands of degree-level. We have also recently undergone a process of curriculum transformation which was informed by a student-staff collaboration project on our students’ experiences of stress and anxiety. We have streamlined assessments and increased contact hours in some areas in response to what we learned through that.

We also have the Modern Languages Study Centre (MLSC) which is a central hub for the modern languages student community, and a space for their use only. It contains lots of resources for autonomous learning including computers, printers, and spaces for individual and group work.

What are the average group sizes for teaching?

10 for oral classes; 15-20 for seminar-style modules. We try to be flexible in achieving a balance between giving students their first choice of module of option module and keeping group sizes small for quality of teaching.

How many Leicester staff are native-speakers?

Of the 14 members of staff currently involved in language teaching, ten are native speakers and the other 4 are native-level speakers. (Two of them are Leicester Modern Languages graduates!)

Can students self-fund another Summer School?

Yes, they can. The approximate cost is £1,600. The department will still organise the whole trip as part of the main group should any students wish to do this.

Can I study abroad?

Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.

There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.

Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.

We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.