Proficiency in modern languages will help you to gain the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. If you are studying languages, we offer a range of them, some of which you can start as a complete beginner, and you will have the opportunity to learn from native speakers. This course places language learning within the wider context of Spanish Studies including culture, society, literature, film, and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing. Spanish: Spanish is more widely spoken as a first language than any other language except Mandarin Chinese; it is the official first language of Mexico, Central and South America. Our staff have a solid research base and expertise in both Spanish and Latin American studies. Most are recognised nationally as experts in their field. Mandarin Chinese: Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and China is the world's second largest economy. Speaking Mandarin will allow you to communicate with millions of people around the world. In business, people who speak Mandarin have a distinct advantage with the Chinese market, as it is easier to develop all important relationships when you can speak the language (bbc.co.uk). Admissions at Beginners level only.