Foreign Languages Centre

General Public Language Classes

As a former educator, I appreciate the consistently high standard of teaching at the Foreign Languages Centre.

Robert Bailey
Italian Advanced

A student's view

Robert Bailey is a member of the general public who currently studies Italian with us. 

Why did you decide to study Italian?

Languages have always interested me as I love travelling. I have been studying Italian for 14 years, 12 of these at the University. I chose Italian because of the beauty of the country, the music of the language, the kaleidoscope of the different regions and the sheer depth of history and culture. And, of course, Italian food.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Bath?

Studying here was an obvious choice for me. The teachers are excellent and I was impressed by the variety of courses available. I enjoy having the opportunity to learn with students of all ages and the use of the excellent library facilities are a bonus.

What do you like the most about your language course?

The emphasis on the spoken language is particularly important to me and I value the emphasis on learning a language through understanding its culture: the emphasis on current affairs, Italian history, literature, film and culture in general. Classes are educational and fun at the same time.

Why has learning Italian been useful to you?

There are so many advantages in studying a language at whatever age. Above all, I think it is stimulating, creative and an overall enjoyable experience. Personally, I think my trips to Italy have been enriched by the fact that I could speak the language, and I have gained a deeper appreciation of Italian literature and history.

What has been your highest achievement in your language studies?

I played the part of a donkey in the University Italian Christmas pantomime in 2008. Joking aside, I became so enthused with my language studies that I decided to take a GCSE in Italian, then an A-level and I finally obtained a degree in Italian in 2013. Attending these classes not only stimulated my interest in the language, but also supported me in obtaining my qualifications.