Sussex Centre for Language Studies


Come and get involved with the Language Cafe next year

Sussex Language Café

University is perhaps the last chance to get to grips with a language in an affordable way. Learning a language takes different levels of skills for everyone who attempts it. Some people learn via methods such as formal learning, and can actually understand the muffled tapes used in GCSE assessments! However, equally, many people struggle with this path, which is why we at Sussex Students' Union established the Language Cafe, a way of learning which allows students to also make friends and, most importantly, get a free coffee or two...

The Language Cafe was set up in 2013 by the Students' Union to facilitate informal peer-to-peer language exchange for students by giving them the opportunity to learn or practise a language in a sociable setting.

The scheme takes place weekly during term time in Room 76 from 6 until 8 on a Tuesday. During this time, you will have opportunity to take a pew at whichever table you feel suits your tastes most. We have more commonly known languages such as French and Spanish on offer as well as languages which aren't studied as much in the UK, such as Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Italian. Each table has volunteers alotted to assist with beginners, intermediate speakers and those who are advanced. This way, everyone gets the opportunity to progress and grow to understand the language more.

As well as this, Language Cafe offers the opportunity to create a presentation that can be an excellent method of building communictaion skills. At the beginning of each Language Cafe, students have the opportunity to create a presentation that is linked with a language and/or culture. This could be about someone's home country as well as a country that they have an interest in. In the past, we've had excellent presentations on places such as Ireland, Spain and Japan and we hope that this will continue next year.

So, if you find yourself at a loose end and keen to try something new, make sure you come along and be part of the language cafe in 2018. Whether you want to learn a new language, pick up and remind yourself of skills learnt that you've since forgotten or even bring a new table to the language cafe, we are keen for you to be part of it. If you want more information, get in contact with us via or by liking and messaging our Facebook page

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By: Jane Trueman
Last updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2018