School of Languages and Area Studies

Institution-wide Language Programme

The Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP) allows you to learn a language, for credit or interest, as part of your course - whatever course you follow here - for free. This can expand your career prospects, prepare you for a year abroad with the University's Erasmus scheme, or simply satisfy your urge to speak another language.

You may be improving a language you already speak, or begin learning one entirely new to you. All full time students may take an IWLP course for interest at level 4, and most degree programmes offer the opportunity to study for degree credit at level 5. Students who complete two consecutive years of IWLP (ie levels 4 and 5, or 5 and 6) also receive a certificate from the School.

Note: Levels 4, 5, and 6 refer to the levels of an undergraduate programme. You may be a direct entrant to level 5 or level 6 of a programme. Grade 1 and Grade 2 IWLP units are classed as level 4 and do not count towards degree classification.

All languages offer classes for beginners and at appropriate levels for those who have existing knowledge of their chosen language.

Classes cover the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to deal with everyday situations at the lower levels and with general social and professional situations at the higher levels. Some classes are taught in the daytime and/or in the evening so that it is as easier to find a class that suits your timetable.

Languages available:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Why study languages? Powerpoint, 1.3MB

A presentation answering the question "why study languages when everyone speaks English?"



You will have access to the same facilities as specialist language students, including state of the art multi-media language laboratories. We have also developed on-line learning materials to support your individual work. You can also use the learning materials in the Learning Resources Centre in Park Building.

Registration 2014-15

Current level 4 students wanting to continue IWLP in level 5 for credits.

When you complete your course online option form for 2014-15, please select “IWLP20” as one of your 20-credit options. You will then have to collect an IWLP form from your course administrator and complete it with the language-specific information required.

Current level 5 students doing an IWLP unit for credits wishing to continue in level 6 for interest

Your IWLP tutor will distribute the registration form in class in weeks 20 and 21.

Students currently on their Year Abroad

The IWLP course administrator will email you a registration form in weeks 20 and 21.

Students starting their degree programme in 2014-15

Complete beginners: you will need to complete an online application form before the end on induction week. Information will be provided on this site nearer the time.

Students with previous language knowledge: you will need to attend a face to face registration session during induction week so your level of command in the language you wish to continue studying can be assessed. The exact dates will be published nearer the time

Frequently asked questions

Can I study IWLP classes…

  • …if I am at level 6? Direct entry students to level 6 may take a course for interest if there is space in existing timetabled classes. Otherwise you cannot take a language with IWLP at level 6.
  • …if my degree does not let me study for credit at level 5? Yes, but only if you have successfully completed an IWLP unit for interest at a lower grade in Level 4, and if there are spaces available in existing timetabled classes.
  • …if I am a postgraduate student? Currently no.
  • …if I am a member of staff? Currently no.

How will I study?

  • Classes: 2 or 3 hours per week, depending on level.
  • Virtual learning environment: 1 hour per week
  • Working on your own: at least 3 hours per week.

You can study a language for one year only, but the amount of progress you make will not be very great. It's best to plan to study the language for two years in order to build up the skill to the point at which you can use it in real life and gain a qualification.

How will I be assessed?

There is continuous assessment which will include assessed coursework, oral presentation and a final examination. Each of the language skills is assessed over the programme.


Contact the IWLP Office:


  • French 1 - Palgrave Foundations 1 French (new edition)
  • French  2 - Palgrave Foundations 2 French (new edition)
  • Spanish 1 - Palgrave Foundations 1 Spanish (2nd edition)
  • Spanish 2 - Palgrave Foundations 2 Spanish (new edition)
  • Italian 1 - Palgrave Foundations 1 Italian (new edition)
  • Italian 2 - Palgrave Foundations 2 Italian
  • German 1 - Tangram 1A/1B
  • German 2 - Tangram 1B/2A
  • Portuguese 1 - Discovering Portuguese: An Introduction To The Language and People by Alan Freeland BBC Books
  • Arabic 1 - Mastering Arabic Palgrave (new edition)
  • Japanese 1 - Minna No Nihongo
  • Japanese 2 - Minna No Nihongo
  • Mandarin 1 - Mastering Chinese - Palgrave
  • Mandarin 2 - Mastering Chinese - Palgrave
  • BSL 1 - Signs for beginners (Cleveland) and Signs make sense (Horizon)