Learning a language? Would you like an opportunity to practise and develop your language skills in a fun and informal way? Then PAL language sessions are for you!

What are PAL language sessions?

The weekly 50-minute PAL sessions on campus are facilitated by PAL leaders, who are native or near-native speakers of the language. They’re open to all students, not just those who are registered on our English/Foreign Language classes, and whatever your current level in the language.

Sessions are currently available in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Why attend a PAL language session?

During the PAL sessions you’ll be able to use the language outside a classroom context and meet with students from all disciplines and levels of study. You’ll get a unique opportunity to improve your language skills with the support and guidance of fellow students in a friendly and relaxed environment.

PAL sessions are a great way to build on the topics you’re learning in the classroom or in your independent language learning. They’ll also help you to develop your intercultural skills as you’ll be able to explore the culture of the country/countries where the language you study is spoken, and a range of other key employability skills, like communication and teamwork.

The Chinese sessions were an eye-opener specifically to the youth culture in China and I’ve developed more confidence about speaking Chinese. As both an attendee and a PAL leader, I benefited so much in not only improving my Chinese language skills, but also my general life skills." - David Sheratt, recent doctoral student, Department of Computer Science

The University of Bath puts a lot of emphasis on the employability of its students. Intercultural skills, which you can develop when you attend a PAL session, are crucial for future employability. The world is getting smaller, global issues affect everybody, and I'm proud to say that the PAL sessions help our students to become real citizens of the world.” - Isabella Stefanutti, Head of Foreign Languages

If you’re interested in becoming a PAL language leader, you can find more information on the SU website.

The PAL scheme is supported by the Foreign Languages team of the Skills Centre and the SU. No booking is required - feel free to turn up on the day!