Expertise in modern languages has never been more important as the United Kingdom forges a new relationship with its European partners and seeks to develop its trading and cultural ties throughout the world. Studying Italian and Spanish in the context of their speakers' history, literature, experience and outlooks will broaden your horizons and extend your linguistic and critical skills. Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world and is the second language of the United States. Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe. Today, Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion make it a major global commercial force. In language classes you will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation skills using a range of textbooks, media and internet resources. You will divide your third year between Italy and a Spanish-speaking environment in Europe or Latin America on study or work placements.