SOAS University of London

Language Learning Workshops

Language learning workshops offered by LWW CETL aimed to familiarise language learners with second language acquisition theories and practices and to support the development of a community of learners across languages sharing their learning experiences and expertise. 

Workshops offered

These workshops have been run by learners, teachers and the Learning Advisor:

Workshop details

Language Learning Café

An open-ended chat on language learning. Sign up, or just pop in to share any language learning worries or successes with fellow language learners. A good forum if you feel that your motivation is going down, or if you would like to motivate other learners. Coffee, tea, and biscuits provided.

Remembering Words

Share vocabulary learning techniques that work for you with other language learners, and find out how they learn new words. There will be practical vocabulary tasks undertaken in a European language (some of the underlying techniques can be applied to vocabulary learning for other languages), and input from vocabulary acquisition theories. Open to language students of all languages and levels, particularly useful for beginners with not much language learning experience.

Developing Your Listening Skills

We will share difficulties we have with listening in the target language, as well as ideas for listening tasks that we can develop ourselves and practise with language exchange partners or other students. Input will come both from your own language learning experience and from relevant theories. A practical listening task will be used to inform our discussion. Open to language students of all languages and levels, particularly useful for beginners with not much language learning experience.

Developing Your Speaking Skills

We will be looking at some of the difficulties we have in learning to speak in a foreign language and strategies to help us overcome them. We will be reflecting on our personal learning experience, as well as discussing views of experts in language learning. We will also be looking at different tasks and routines that can help us to improve our speaking skills. Open to language students of all languages and levels, particularly useful for beginners with not much language learning experience.

Learning a Tone Language

Are you learning a tonal language? Do you practice learning tones? How do you do it and what kind of resources do you use? This workshop, exclusively for learners of tone languages, will be student-led. You will share with others the difficulties you have in learning tones, as well as techniques or resources that you find useful.

How We Learnt Japanese

Experienced learners of Japanese, among them students who have completed the full-time Diploma in Japanese course, will be talking about their learning experience. They will be sharing strategies that they developed and used throughout their course to help them to learn the Japanese script and vocabulary, and to develop their speaking and listening skills. Open to learners of Japanese of all levels, particularly useful for beginners. If your place in the workshop is confirmed, you are welcome to forward questions that you would like answered, or indicate an area that you would like to see covered in the workshop. 

How We Learnt Arabic

Experienced learners of Arabic, among them students who have completed the full-time Diploma in Arabic course, will be talking about their learning experience. They will be sharing strategies that they developed and used throughout their course to help them to learn the Arabic script and vocabulary, and to develop their speaking and listening skills. Open to learners of Arabic of all levels, particularly useful for beginners. If your place in the workshop is confirmed, you are welcome to forward questions that you would like answered, or indicate an area that you would like to see covered in the workshop.