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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) for languages

Find out about the PAL programme and how it can help you to develop your language and intercultural skills, either as a participant or a session leader.

Students having fun and practising Italian during a PAL session.
Develop your language and intercultural skills

About PAL languages sessions

The PAL sessions are facilitated by PAL leaders, who are native or near native speakers of the language you are interested in.

During the PAL sessions you will be able to:

  • practise the language outside the classroom
  • improve your language and intercultural skills under the guidance of a fellow student
  • meet with students from all disciplines and levels of study.

Sessions are available in:

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Benefits of attending and leading sessions

PAL sessions are a useful and fun way to build on the topics you are learning in the classroom or in your independent language learning.

You can also increase your intercultural knowledge by exploring the culture of the country or countries where the language you study is spoken.

As a PAL leader, you will:

  • have the opportunity to celebrate your home culture
  • gain valuable transferable skills, such as planning, facilitation, coaching, and leadership
  • meet people from around the world.

Find out about the skills Jiani has developed as a PAL leader and David as a PAL attendee.

Timetable

The timetable for semester 1 2022/23 PAL language sessions will be published in due course.

Find more information on The SU website

Language PAL scheme

Contact us

You can find out more about becoming a PAL leader by contacting the Foreign Languages or SU Peer Support teams.