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New evening classes at language centre

A new range of evening classes will begin later this month at the University of Aberdeen’s Language Centre.

In the past year, languages such as Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Gaelic, Norwegian, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese have all been added to the Centre's impressive portfolio.

Douglas Bell, Director of the Language Centre, said he was eager to build on the successes of the last 12 months.

"All the new languages that we introduced last year have proved popular, especially our Asian language courses such as Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. However, bringing the focus back to Europe, Norwegian and Russian are also very important languages in Aberdeen, particularly in the commercial sector, and this year we will be taking our coverage of Europe even further by offering a complete beginners' courses in Swedish."

"Learning a new language can be enriching in so many different ways. I really hope that University of Aberdeen students, staff and alumni will take advantage of what we have on offer. In addition to courses in modern foreign languages, this year will also see us running a suite of language and skills programmes in Business English. For speakers of English as a foreign or second language, these represent an excellent opportunity to improve future employment prospects"

Each language course lasts for 12 weeks, with classes running for two hours on weekday evenings at five different levels: Beginners, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced.

The deadline for enrolments is September 9, 2008, with the first classes commencing on September 22 and finishing in early December. Latecomers, however, may be considered.

The normal fee for modern foreign language evening courses is £140 (£160 for courses in Business English). However, University of Aberdeen staff, students and alumni can claim a £10 discount. Contact the Centre on 01224 27 2537 or lceveningclasses@abdn.ac.uk for further details.

For information on class levels and times, and to register your details and pay online (non-discounted fees only), follow this link: http://www.abdnpayments.co.uk/store/shop/products.asp?func=prod&compid=2&deptid=3&prodtypeid=7.

Alternatively, you can visit the Language Centre on Regent Walk from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and register in person.

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Monday 8th of September 2008

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