Languages Café

Languages Café

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The Languages Café promotes communication across languages and across cultures. It helps home students and international students to make contact and network. It fosters cross-cultural friendships. In short, it brings people together!

Originally set up by languages staff in the School of Tourism and Hospitality, the Languages Café is a relaxed meeting place with a native speaker at each table to help guide conversations in French, Spanish and English, and occasionally German, Chinese or Italian.

Supported by the School of Tourism and Hospitality and the International Centre, it is open to the public as well as staff and students, and offers a platform for people of all levels to come together to practice conversing in a variety of languages. 

When does it run? 

Wednesdays in Robbins Conference Centre 1pm - 2pm, and Thursdays in Student Union Café 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

  • Autumn semester: starting on 13 September and ending 13 December.
  • Spring semester: starting on 10 January and ending 21 March.
  • Summer semester: starting on 18 April and ending 30 May.

What happens?

Groups for each language meet informally to chat, exchange views and enjoy each other's company over coffee. Holders of University ID can get a complimentary drink*.

* this is only available in the Cookworthy sessions.

What do students say about it?

“Great way to prepare for exams, meet new people and learn about foreign cultures!”

“It is wonderful to meet people of different walks of life and different levels of ability.”

“This is an amazing arrangement. People are helping each other and having fun. Really improves understanding and language speaking skills!”

“I’m happy to be here.”

“We are lucky to have the languages café. It is very friendly and allows us to improve our languages while having fun.”

Tandem Language Exchange

Are you learning a language? Would you like to meet up with a native speaker?

Register for Tandem Language Exchange

If you are a student or member of staff at Plymouth University, go to the DLE page ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS and self-register, then scroll down to Tandem Language Exchange and follow the instructions.

If you are not a member of the university, please email ricky.lowes@plymouth.ac.uk, with details of the language you offer and the language you wish to learn/improve (please see ‘Instructions’ for what to put in the message). Anyone interested in partnering with you will contact you directly, using the email address you supply.

Instructions

Click on ‘Add a new discussion topic’ and use the title: (Your language) offered; (the language you are learning) wanted. e.g. French offered; English wanted.

Write a brief text about yourself: you could mention your course / your job / your interests plus how often you would like to meet and what aspects of the language you are learning that you want to improve. e.g. I am studying Economics and I work part-time as a waiter. I would like to meet on Wednesday afternoons for an hour or two. I mainly need to improve my pronunciation and I am ready to help you with whatever you want to learn in French.

Once you have set up your post you can then log-in to check for “matching” partners. You will need to check this page on a regular basis as new members will be joining all the time.

To read about a potential exchange partner, click on their post (under the heading Discussion). You can then click on their name to send them a message.

When you no longer wish to be part of the Tandem Exchange, please email ricky.lowes@plymouth.ac.uk and she will delete your post.

When meeting your partner for the first time, we recommend that you meet in a safe, public environment, e.g. a University café.