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Language centre

At BU we know just how significant language skills can be, so if you want to learn a new language we can help you.

The Languages@BU Community on myBU is open to all staff and students. It contains detailed self-managed learning guides in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese for complete beginners to advanced. The Community also links directly to our new SansSpace Virtual Language Centre which contains all the supplementary audio and video files to support the course books which are available from the library in the LANGUE Collection (Languages for Global Understanding and Enterprise.) The SansSpace Virtual Language Centre is available 24/7 from any device so you can work on your language skills when and where it suits you best.

Facilities and resources

The Languages@BU Community has resources and links to courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. Self-managed learning guides have been produced for most of our paper-based course books in the library.

The SansSpace Virtual Language Centre gives language learners access to all the supplementary audio and video files for all the language resources in the library with a simple click of the mouse. The software also enables you to record yourself in your target language and compare your pronunciation with that of native speakers.

Conversation Clubs facilitated by students who are native speakers of the target languages run in the autumn and spring terms to give language learners an opportunity to practise what they have learned. Language learners can also sign up for these clubs via the Languages@BU community.