Cactus Language offers beginners language courses for more than 20 languages across the UK. We offer 10 week beginners courses throughout the UK and 5 week intensive beginners courses in London and Brighton. If you are thinking about taking an evening language course for beginners then find out if you are ready with our Language Quiz for Beginners.
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Travel and language author and blogger, The Intrepid Guide, gives her first-hand experience of her Beginner 1 Norwegian language course with Cactus Language, and explains what to expect from your first lesson.
We also offer beginners language courses in Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford.
We teach the following languages from beginner level through to advanced: Arabic, Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.
Lots of our students feel they are a complete beginner even though they may have studied the language previously, either at school or on another course. It’s important to understand that our course levels are divided into beginner 1, beginner 2, beginner 3, followed by elementary 1, elementary 2 and elementary 3 and so on. If you have studied the language before, even just a little, it may be more appropriate for you to join the beginner 2 or beginner 3 class rather than the beginner 1 class.
All of our beginners language courses are designed for people with zero language knowledge (beginner 1) through to the basics (beginner 3). If you take all 3 beginners courses (1 through to 3) this is the equivalent of the Common European Framework (CEFR) level A1. By the end of beginner 3 you will be ready for CEFR A2. To learn more about the Common European Framework levels and how they are mapped to our levels please check our CEFR Levels page.
You can find out which beginners courses you should join by checking your level with our free online level test and by speaking to one of our course advisors. Our beginner 1 classes are for people who have zero experience of the language so make sure you start in the right level.
Language teaching and learning has developed at a very fast rate over recent years and there are lots of new and engaging techniques that teachers now employ to ensure our students get the most out of the lessons. All of our beginners language courses are immersive; this means that the teacher will only use the language that is being taught. Of course, there will be times that the teacher will translate a word or explain a grammar point in English, however, the majority of the lesson will be conducted in the language that is being taught.
It is also important to note that the majority of the course books we use are written only in the language that is being taught. Once you are familiar with certain vocabulary and instructions that are repeated throughout the course book you will find that this poses no obstacle to using your course book at home for self-study, and further helps you immerse yourself in the language.
It is important to realise that you will not understand everything that the teacher says. The teacher will use visuals, gestures, examples and demonstrations to communicate and it’s important to remember that guessing meaning from context is a useful skill and one that is used by language learners in real life throughout their language learning journey. If you do feel lost or overwhelmed then tell your teacher and he or she will be more than happy to explain things to you to make sure you understand.
Our beginners language courses are communicative and interactive, and there will be a significant amount of pair work and group work in order to maximise your speaking practice during class time. Therefore, in order to get the most out of the lessons, come prepared to participate in the lessons as much as possible.
The atmosphere in the class is relaxed and it’s important that you feel comfortable making mistakes as we always say, if you’re not making mistakes then you are not improving! Making mistakes is a very important part of learning a language and your teacher will always try to create an environment in which you feel comfortable speaking in the foreign language. If you’re still not sure what to expect, find out what happens in a language class with one of our Spanish teachers in Brighton, Javier.
Everyone learns and progresses at different rates, and learning a language is no different. There is no quick fix where you become fluent from one day to the next – however, if you attend all your classes, do your homework every week, and make a conscious effort to practise a little everyday, you will be surprised by the progress that you make.
Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple three step secure and easy online booking process. You can also visit the language or location links to find the right course for you.
When you receive your course confirmation, which will be one week before the course start date, you will also receive login details to MyCactus, your Cactus course online platform where you can check your course information, schedule, course content, homework and also send your tutor a private message.