Languages – Beginners

Parts 1 & 2

Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish (Non-funded)

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): Pre-A1 

Course aims

By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand and use simple phrases and questions to exchange information in familiar situations in the target language.

Course length

Total of 11 weeks - 22 hours delivered in two parts.

Part 1: 5 weeks - 10 hrs

Part 2: 6 weeks - 12 hrs

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the language.

What equipment do I need to attend the course?

  • Access to a computer and the Internet
  • Microphone and camera installed
  • You may be required to purchase a course book

Course content

Learners will acquire basic knowledge of:

  • Personal information (e.g. nationality, family, occupation)
  • Eating and drinking (e.g. ordering food and drinks in cafés and restaurants)
  • Introduction to the language alphabet (for non-Roman script languages)
  • Formal and informal language if appropriate
  • Negative structure
  • Words used to link ideas, e.g. and, but, also
  • How to ask questions
  • The basic rules of pronunciation
  • Cultural aspect
  • Simple structures to express like / dislike
  • Present tense / timeframe with frequently used verbs / structures
  • Basic numerical data.

Please note that the above topics and language functions may vary according to the needs of the learners.

How will I be assessed?

This course has no formal qualification; however, your work in class will be assessed by your tutor in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to take these assessments.

A certificate of achievement will be awarded on completion of the course upon request.

What could this course lead to?

A course at Beginners Plus Part 1 level*
*Please note that we cannot guarantee that this level will be offered as all courses are planned subject to sufficient demand.

How will I learn?

The course will be delivered online via the BAES Moodle Platform using a range of audio-visual and IT resources. The course will cover the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. We aim to match the teaching to a wide range of individual learning styles and to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. You will be given homework to complete after each session.

Some literacy, numeracy and IT skills can help you learn a language. We can give you guidance and support to acquire these.

Your commitments as a learner

  • Attend every online session of your course. If you need to miss a class, please let your tutor know in advance. Learners should consider their personal commitments and circumstances that may prevent attendance before enrolling on a course as missed classes will affect their learning. Missed classes cannot be taken at another time.
  • Have sufficient time for self-study and completion of homework. In order to maximise your learning, we strongly recommend that you spend at least 15 minutes every day(2 hours per week) on self-study, homework, language practice, etc.
  • Complete the course.
  • Complete all the assessments.

Other information

If you need to purchase a course book you can do this from European Schoolbooks Ltd and get a 10% discount.

Go to - Click on Partners.
From the Search Options – Stage 1 dropdown menu - Click on Brasshouse Languages.
A list of books will be displayed per language - Select the book advised by your tutor - Click on Buy Now
Please Note: You do not need to open an account, just click on Checkout as a guest.

Useful websites

The BAES online course directory:

Brasshouse Languages website:

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