If you’ve ever fancied broadening your horizons and learning a new language, a free taster day with Norfolk Community Learning Services may be your first step into a brave new world.
Are you interested in learning a new language? Well, research suggests you are already one step closer to succeeding, as having an interest and positive attitude is a key factor in how well a learner progresses.
At Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS formerly Adult Education) we know some people really want to learn, but for a variety of reasons such as bad previous experiences and fear of the unknown, are finding it difficult to take that first step.
To help overcome initial fears, we are running a free language taster day, when people interested in language learning can come along, meet the tutors, learn a few basic phrases and find out how much fun learning a language can be. The sessions, in Norwich, are one hour long, with a choice of languages available, from French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Spanish. Running throughout the morning we will also have a ‘drop-in’ session where you can speak to our highly experienced languages specialist about any queries you may have about learning a language. If you have previously learnt a language, for example, and are unsure about your level, Marie will be able to advise you and answer those niggling queries that may have previously prevented you from joining a class.
Our previous language taster days have been very popular and proved it is a great way to find out whether learning a language is for you.
If you decide to take that exciting next step, we have a number of short, affordable courses available, which are ideal for making your first steps into language learning. They are just 12 weeks in length and by the end of the course you will be able to exchange basic information, order food and drink, shop for items and, very importantly, ask for directions. In addition, you will have gained the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a basic assessment to gain an entry level qualification.
We often find that once having started a language course, many learners really enjoy a sense of achievement and decide to continue to take advantage of the world of opportunities language learning can offer.
If you are still unsure then take a look at some of the main reasons for learning a language.
Boost your brain power Studies have shown that learning a language at any time in your life will help keep the brain sharper and may even be able to prevent the onset of dementia. In 2015 academics from University of Edinburgh found that a group of bilingual people had a slower mental decline than those who only spoke one language. Learning a language can also help you understand your own language better.
Make new friends One of the biggest, and often unexpected advantages of joining a class with NCLS (language or other) is that people often make really strong friendships. We have seen so many groups of lifelong friendships and even relationships forged through attending regular classes.
We have people who meet up on a regular basis and those who may have moved away from the area, but still arrange an annual ‘catch-up’ as well as groups looking to go into business together. So, if you are looking to improve your social circle then an NCLS class could be just the thing!
Now you know what learning a language can do – what is stopping you? Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation or call 0344 800 8020 to find out more. Tasters on Saturday, May 16, at Wensum Lodge, Norwich. French, Italian and Spanish are from 9.30am to 10.30am; German, Japanese and Polish are from 11am to 12 noon. The ‘drop in’ session runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm so people can pop along before or after their sessions if needed.
FIRST STEPS: Classes are offered in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Spanish.