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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) for languages

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

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

What does a PAL for languages session look like?

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 use the language outside a classroom context, meet with students from all disciplines and levels of study, and have the opportunity to improve your language skills under the guidance of fellow students.

Attending PAL sessions could be a useful way for you to consolidate the topics you are learning in classroom or in your independent language learning. It is also an effective tool to increase your intercultural knowledge as, through the facilitation of a peer, you will be able to explore the culture of the country (or countries) where the language you study is spoken.


Sessions are available in:

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

The benefits of attending and leading sessions

Language learners do not often have the opportunity to practise the language they want to learn outside the classroom, in a 'normal' context. PAL sessions will provide you with an excellent setting to practise your language skills in a fun and informal way.

If you decide to become a PAL leader, you will gain valuable transferable skills that will be appealing to employers such as planning, facilitation, coaching, and leadership. By offering PAL sessions you will have the opportunity to celebrate your culture and meet people from around the world.

Find out how being a PAL leader has helped Jiani and being a PAL attendee has helped David.

PAL sessions timetable

PAL sessions will run weekly until the end of the semester.

Language Day Time Room Number
Chinese Monday 1.15pm - 2.05pm 1, 8, 29Nov - CB 4.10, 13Dec - CB3.16, 15,22 Nov - CB 3.16, 6Dec - 1WN 3.11
English Thursday 12.15pm - 1.05pm CB 3.6 except for 11Nov and 2Dec which will be in CB3.7
French Wednesday 3.15pm - 4.05pm CB 3.10 except for 17Nov which will be in CB4.5
German Thursday 1.15pm - 2.05pm CB 4.5
Italian Wednesday 4.15pm - 5.05pm 4E 2.4
Japanese Wednesday 4.15pm - 5.05pm CB 5.5 except for 10Nov which will be in CB4.8
Portuguese Wednesday 1.15pm - 2.05pm CB 3.6
Spanish Wednesday 4.15pm - 5.05pm 3 Nov - CB 3.11, 11 Nov - CB3.10, 17 Nov - CB4.5, All other sessions - CB3.10


You can find out more about becoming a PAL Leader by emailing or by contacting if you have any questions.