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A Taste of European Languages

A Taste of European Languages aims to provide an overview of the other main European languages which – together with English – have shaped the way Europeans and the West in general view the world. In an era of skepticism about globalization and the return of nationalist policies, it is important to remember that Europe is the most successful model of coexistence of very different languages and cultures. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in European languages and cultures.

By the end of the course, you will be able:

  • to interpret simple written and spoken texts in which the vocabulary is cognate to English or to other European languages
  • to greet others & ask for / give personal information in French, German and Spanish
  • to appreciate the cultural differences inherent in different ways of greeting & asking for / giving personal information in French, German and Spanish
  • to participate in simple conversations in French, German and Spanish
  • to read, speak and write short sentences in French, German and Spanish
  • to describe at a basic level the geographical, historical and linguistic origins, connectedness and spread of the main European languages, and to make connections between the vocabulary and sentence structure of French, German and Spanish
  • to state the practical value of European languages in meeting social and personal needs
  • to access resources to study European languages more effectively


Code(s) TEL-001
Date(s) 14 – 17 January
Time 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue(s) TBC
Facilitator(s) Mr Mark Hopkins
Duration 12 hours
Maximum Number of Participants 18
Fee $500 (refundable)
Remarks Course materials (incl. extracts from the following textbook) will be provided by the instructor: Doyle, T & Meara, P. 1991. Lingo: How to learn a language. London: BBC Books

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Priority is given to students in UGC-funded programs.

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