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Conversation groups & workshops

Conversation groups offer you a way to improve your oral skills (speaking, comprehension and interaction) with other participants that have the same language level. There are group leaders introducing different speaking situations, activities and topics and correcting and explaining the students' mistakes. To register you must have some basic knowledge or have successfully completed the previous level. You can improve all levels in our self-access language centres (CAL). 

In the A1 and A2 levels of German and Czech we offer you introductory workshops with a methodology adapted to the special requirements of the learning process of these two languages.

2020/2021 course


Who can register?

Staff and students of the University of Valencia and members of the Alumni association.

When can I register?

  • First period: from 29 September to 8 October
  • Second period: throughout the academic year (if there are places available)

How do I register?

– If you have a language certificate that is recognised by the University of Valencia (check the Catalan certificates here and the certificates for other languages here):

  1. Choose a group of the next level (see groups and timetables below).
  2. Send an email to the self-acces language centre (CAL) on your campus to apply for the group you want to join (language, level and timetable) and attach your certificate.
  3. If there are places available, we will send you an email with the necessary information to complete the registration; if not, we will inform you of the alternatives for your language and level.

– If you do not have the language certificate required:

  1. Contact the self-acces language centre (CAL) on your campus and ask for a placement test (a short conversation to find out your level).
  2. With the level assigned you can choose a group of the next level (see groups and timetables below).
  3. If there are places available, we will send you an email with the necessary information to complete the registration; if not, we will inform you of the alternatives for your language and level.

– If you participated in a conversation group in the last academic year, you can register in a group of the same language and level (without taking a placement test or providing a certificate):

  1. Choose a group of the same level (see groups and timetables below).
  2. Contact the self-acces language centre on your campus to complete your registration.
  3. If there are places available, we will send you an email with the necessary information to complete the registration; if not, we will inform you of the alternatives for your language and level.

Self-access language centres contact information:

Location

All conversation groups will be held online until further notice. Therefore, you can register for any of the groups offered, regardless of the campus. However, you must register through the CAL to which the conversation group of your choice is assigned. In case of a return to the in-person sessions, the number of participants in the groups will be reduced to the limit of participants established for the in-person sessions and the rest will be placed on waiting list, according to the order of registration.

Price

The registration fee is free of charge for the duration of the online groups.

Schedule

1 hour per week (2 for the German and Czech introductory workshops), from 13 October to 28 May.

Attendance

Attendance at the first session after registration is mandatory. Failure to attend when there is a waiting list will result in losing the place assigned and being moved to the bottom of the list. Students with three consecutive unexcused absences will be dropped from the group. Certificates of attendance or achievement will not be issued.

Groups and timetables

Click on the language you want to practise to see the levels and timetables by campus:

Catalan

English

French

German

Czech