Languages

Languages

Improve existing language skills or master the spoken and written expression of another language. Improve your communication skills in relation to professional contexts or get the chance to learn a language you have always wanted to study.

In all language units the communicative function of language will be the main focus of the activities. Each language programme deals both with writing and speaking abilities and is adapted according to the needs and competences of students attending the classes.

Semester 1

A Latin course for complete beginners. This course is ideal for students who desire an introduction to the Latin Language. By the end of the course students shall be able to form and translate simple Latin Sentences.

Student Review: "The thing I liked most about this unit was the mix of language and history; while the introduction to Latin was basic, as it is just an introductory course, it was nonetheless fulfilling. Having some basic knowledge in Latin was something I thought would come in handy for the Law course, especially considering the Latin phrases still in use which refer to certain legal principles. I would recommend this unit to anyone who enjoys a mix of linguistics and history, since Latin is this Alma Mater of modern languages this is reason enough to engage in an introductory course on the subject." Liam Axisa – LL.B (Hons) 2nd Yr – Latin

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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Semester 2

This course is intended for students who have completed Lingua Latina Ab Initio 1 or have a very basic knowledge of Latin. It will enable them to explore selected passages of Latin poetry and prose while confirming and developing the knowledge of grammar necessary to appreciate such texts.

The aim of the course is to develop an ability to respond to language with intelligence and sensitivity - in particular the Latin Language in all its richness and beauty.

Students, by the end of the course will have brushed against the great names in Roman literature - Virgil, Cicero, Catullus, Caesar, Ovid and tasted the sublime art of translating authors whose words have rendered them immortal.

They would also have acquired the rudiments of a skill which can be put to very practical use, particularly in the local context.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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Semester 1, Semester 2

This study unit is for students who wish to improve their skills in professional uses of English. A non-formal assessment exercise of students' proficiency in English usage generally will be made at the start of the unit.

This will assist the tutor in tailoring the sessions to the specific needs of participants. Coverage of considerations involving improved style, usage, and tone will also be followed up with practice in the writing of formal correspondence, reports, and official documentation. The last sessions of the unit may also provide introductory practice in the delivery of formal presentations and in public speaking.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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Semester 1

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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Semester 2

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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Semester 2

Dan il-kors prattiku u intensiv tal-kitba tal-poeżija, jiffoka fuq il-mekkaniżmi ewlenin li huma meħtieġa biex tinbena poeżija biċċa biċċa u biex il-poeżija ma tibqax biss kliem fuq karta, imma tieħu ħajja ġdida lil hinn, speċjalment quddiem udjenza.

Sessions will be held Fridays.

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Semester 1

Din it-taqsima-studju hija mmirata għal studenti li qed jistudjaw fil-qasam legali, li huma diġà midħla tal-ilsien Malti imma jixtiequ jtejbu l-użu tiegħu fil-qasam ta’ studju partikolari tagħhom u jiksbu ħiliet ġodda, speċjalment fil-kitba ta’ strumenti legali, biex iħejju ruħhom aħjar għax-xogħol fil-professjoni tagħhom.

Lectures will be held on Fridays.

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Semester 1

This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to communicate with Deaf people who use Maltese Sign Language. Students will learn about Deaf culture and the Deaf community, different communication methods and basic Maltese Sign Language for everyday situations...

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Sessions will be held on Fridays.

Semester 2

This is an opportunity to learn the basis of Classic Greek starting from the alphabet. By the end of the course, you will have learnt basic vocabulary, grammar, and reading simple texts of this language that has contributed so much culture and science. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Optional homework and in-class tests may be set by the lecturer but performance in either of this will have no bearing on certification. This study-unit is for students with no prior knowledge of Classical Greek.

Lectures will be held on Fridays.
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Semester 2

This course is to familiarize oneself with the Greek alphabet, phonetics and accentuation system and developing one's reading skills through simple phrases, be knowledgeable of basic grammatical rules applied to Modern Greek. 

Acquire confidence and articulate simple phrases of vital importance used in everyday language and gain knowledge through the use of appropriate sources of Greek from a cultural point of view.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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Semester 1

This study unit is for students who wish to start learning the Russian Language.

The course consists of several parts: a short grammar introduction with explicit explanations; simple vocabulary; a phrase set; exercises to develop language usage competence; and a short socio-cultural introduction to the country that is thematically related to the lesson.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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Semester 1

This beginners’ course in Sanskrit will explore the measured, refined and ordered structure of the Sanskrit language and impart some understanding of the civilization within which the great wealth of Sanskrit literature was produced.  

The student will become familiar with the Sanskrit Devanagari script, practise translating simple sentences into English from the original Sanskrit, as well as short texts from the literature.  Students will also practise reading and sounding of invocations and mantras. By the end of the course, students should be able to read and write Sanskrit without difficulty

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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Semester 1

This study-unit is the introductory basis of the Certificate Course in French. It introduces complete beginners to the study of the language, exposing learners to level-appropriate oral conversations and written texts and training them to produce simple utterances and written sentences.

Lectures will be held on Fridays.
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Semester 2

This study-unit builds on the previous one and addresses all 4 linguistic skills: reading comprehension, oral comprehension, speaking and writing. Themes tackled include daily activities, lodging, travelling, city life, physical descriptions etc.

Lectures will be held on Fridays. 

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Semester 1

The study-units German A1.1 to German B1.2 offer language training from beginners’ German to upper intermediate level (following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The study-units are designed as a series of continuing courses providing guidance for beginners with no previous knowledge of German steadily improving language skills. They are based on a communicative approach in class with a focus on applied German, starting from everyday-life situations to covering more broad topics as well as more specialised language use.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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Semester 2

The study-unit will be a continuation of the course German A1.1. It is part of a series of courses leading from German beginners’ level to level B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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Semester 1

This study-unit is an introduction to Italian language and Italian civilization. It is designed for students who have never learned Italian or whose knowledge is limited to just a few words. It combines basic grammar, vocabulary and communication skills studied in real life situations.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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Semester 2

This pre-intermediate study-unit is dedicated to the study of the Italian language and Italian civilization. It is designed for students whose knowledge is limited to simple phrases and common Italian expressions. It combines basic grammar, vocabulary and communication skills studied in real life situations.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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Semester 1

For this unit no previous knowledge of the language is required.

Using a hands-on active methodology in which the student communicates in Spanish from the very first day, students learn to develop and use simple everyday expressions designed to meet basic needs, like saying hello and goodbye, and present and talk about their immediate environment.

Lectures will be held on Fridays. 

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Semester 2

This unit builds on Spanish Language 1, but can also be taken by students who already have a prior knowledge of Spanish.

Through this unit students will be able to function socially simply but effectively, using simple expressions in common use and following basic formulas.

Among other things, students will learn how to make and respond to greetings, invitations and suggestions, to ask for and accept apologies, to give advice and instructions, etc.

Lectures will be held on Fridays. 

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Tuition in French, German, Italian and Spanish is offered by the Faculty of Arts as part of the Certificate in Language Proficiency Programme aimed to promote proficiency in foreign languages. Students opting to attend classes only (i.e. not take examinations and not be awarded the Certificate in Language Proficiency can be awarded a DegreePlus recognition). However, students are encouraged to register for the full Certificate through the Faculty of Arts.

https://www.um.edu.mt/study/degreeplus/languages