We offer 10-weeks-long language courses. Due to the pandemic, classes are now both online and in person. Each course is £30 for students and £35 for non-students. In order to maximise your learning experience, there is a limit of 12 to 15 students per class.
If group classes are not for you, we also offer blocks of 5 and 10 one-to-one classes at a price of £12/hour. Choose a time and place that is convenient for you, and enjoy a class tailored to suit your needs!
The languages we offer varies as it depends on our volunteers.
* Please contact us before making the payment to ensure we have a teacher available! *
On top of offering language courses, we try to organise as many language-themed fundraising events as possible throughout the year. As with our courses, all of the money raised is donated straight to WaterAid!
We also organise social events for our teachers and students to get to know each other and have fun even outside of the classrooms!
We aim to offer a wide range of language classes, from the most spoken languages in the world to computing languages or dialects. If you are interested in one-to-one classes in ANY language, please get in touch with us via email and we will put you in touch with one of our volunteer teachers. All you have to do is choose a language!
ENROLMENT IS NOW OPEN for Semester 2 (Jan22 to Apr 22) - you can now sign up using the Sign up & Pay button on this page. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be closed once the limit (12 to 15 students per class) is reached. We will use the email address that you use to make your online payment to contact you and share the link for your online class or tell you information regarding the location where the class will be held. Email us if you wish to be contacted using a different email.
You can guarantee your place by paying the fee before the start of the course. We have a 'course only' policy as drop-in classes are often considered disruptive by both teachers and other students.
By attending our 10-week block of affordable language classes you will help provide a community in need with access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education
Our next teaching block will start on Monday the 31th of January 22 and will finish on April the 7th.
Our classes are taught both online and in person due to the pandemic. For online classes each teacher will choose their digital platform (Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc) and will get in touch with their registered students prior to the first class to send them the link to access the class.
In person classes will be held in classrooms at Glasgow University, more info will be sent via the email you used to sign up and will be posted on our Timetable.
Our one-to-one classes take place wherever suits you best as the teachers try to be as flexible as possible with the times and locations of your classes. Depending on what is agreed, one-to-one classes can take place either online or face-to-face.
Paying is the only way to reserve your place for the language classes. To pay, press the button SIGN UP & PAY above. Choose the desired class and fill in your name. *IMPORTANT : it seems like most people do not receive an email of confirmation from Paypal. While we are doing our best to contact all of our students individually, it might take a few days during busy times. If you are unsure about whether you are signed up, please email or message us.
Our classes are designed for students to obtain a conversational level of the given language in the shortest time possible. You will learn some grammar, but the lessons are focused on improving vocabulary and communication skills.The vocabulary taught is aimed at chatty students and travellers, starting with simple phrases like “what’s your name?” and “where are you from”, and then moving on to more complex stuff like telling people about your family, friends, job, pets, interests, night life etc. In the classes you will learn how to tell stories and jokes in the language you are learning.
Our volunteers aim to keep the classes as fun as possible. The classes are student centred, with lots of games and interaction, giving you the chance to practice the language, improve your skills and make new friends.
We have different levels for most of the languages we offer. If you sign up to a language, you can always change level at no extra cost. However, it's useful for you to pick the closest level to your abilities when signing up: • Beginners (level 1): For first time-learners or people who have very little or no experience in the language. • Post-beginners (level 1b): For people who have taken a beginners course with Language4Water before and wish to continue learning the language. Also suited for those who have basic knowledge of the language and can hold a simple conversation. • Intermediate (level 2): For people with substantial experience, like those after A-level or advanced highers, perhaps with some travelling experience in the countries too. We would expect you to know most of the tenses. • Advanced (level 3): This level is suited for people who already have a good command of the language, especially at speaking. Grammar rules will be revised briefly, only if the students require it. We will mainly focus on improving fluency and expanding vocabulary.
Language4Water is a student-volunteer run society/project where we train non-professional native or bilingual speakers to teach their own languages. Like other 4Water projects, 100% of our profits are donated to WaterAid. Currently, we are focusing our resources on a region in Madagascar and plan to raise a further £100,000 for these communities over the next 2 years. Would you like to be a part of it? Then sign up for a course or contact us for volunteering opportunities!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are still offering online classes. This also comes with a few changes in terms of organisation : classes are capped at 12 students maximum to make online classes more enjoyable for everyone.
All of our volunteers have received a tailored training to be able to lead their classes in a smooth and fun way. They also have access to a teaching guide that gets updated constantly so they can get useful resources for online teaching.
One hour per week for 10 weeks.
Block of 5 classes.
Block of 10 one-to-one classes.
You need to make a donation to WaterAid pressing the button SIGN-UP & PAY