Academic Skills Centre

New Language Learning Zone launches

Tue Sep 26 08:00:00 BST 2017

Chang and Ana LLZ launchOn Tuesday 19 September 2017, the University’s new Language Learning Zone was launched by Professor Peter Lambert. This new Zone replaces the former Self Access Language Centre formerly on Level 5 of the Library.

In his opening remarks to staff from across the institution, Professor Lambert said:

 “I am delighted to be opening this new space for the whole University community. Language learning is a key component of our skills provision for students and this is a first step in creating a more dynamic space to encourage and support greater levels of engagement with other languages and cultures.”

The Language Learning Zone is open to all staff and students 24/7 and is located in room 3.10 which is at the rear of the Library Level 3. It offers a space where students can develop their language skills and build their social and intercultural competence through a range of activities, including a Language Exchange and Café, workshops, cultural activities, discussion forums and film screenings.

Language learning resources are now fully integrated into the main Library and are available for loan 24/7 using the self-issue machines located on Level 2. All students and staff are also able to access the Zone’s film collection, now in excess of 3,500 films, from Level 2 of the Library. Chang He, Manager, and Ana Bertolossi, Supervisor, shown in the image on the right, are located in the new Language Learning Zone and are there to provide advice and guidance between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Commenting on the new space, Sarah Williment, Deputy Head, Skills Centre, said:

“It is excellent that we have been able to work with Library colleagues and teaching staff within the Foreign Languages Centre to create this new space. There is an exciting programme of language-related and intercultural activities being planned so we hope to welcome many students and staff to these in the year ahead.”

Further information: Language Learning Zone team, ext. 4777