LUU should lobby the University’s Language Centre to offer more support to non-native speakers

Passed: May 2019 (14th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

18% of students at the University of Leeds are international students (around 7,000), and the majority of which are non-native speakers. Some non-native speakers might possibly choose to avoid intercultural-communication because they are not so confident with their language ability. Or there could be occasions where students fail to understand a conversation because of cultural reasons. So we believe that more language support would be helpful for non-native speaker students.

There are language groups in the Language Centre, but the English language group is often too competitive to become a member. We suggest that LUU should lobby the Language Centre to formalise and promote in-sessional support in every school and increase the accessibility and flexibility of language group activities or to plan language groups in the school range. Furthermore, the University have successfully run a series of activities such as Get Out Get Active. It would be great to have a group of workshops focusing on everyday language in British culture.

Expires: May 2022 (14th)

Submitted By: Xiao Xiao and Alex Miers

Officer: International

Area of Work: International Students


June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

March 2020: LUU's first ever International Officer, Franks, has been elected. This and several other policies will fall under his remit.

December 2019: Main focus for Global Programmes team has been their Language Centre Summer Programme – specific trips, activities and events to improve language skills and intercultural awareness.

  • The Language Centre ran specific “Culture Chat” sessions during summer as part of the LUU Summer Campus Programme. These focused on British culture and were an opportunity to share opinions and thoughts on different aspects of British culture. These have been continued by the Language centre this term.

  • LUU has run language exchange evening for over 100 students. Will be running more frequently in semester 2 after the great success and feedback we had.

  • We will be running out of term events in Christmas to learn more about British culture, such as workshop about Christmas food and traditions with M&S Archives.

  • All of these events are free of charge and held in LUU/ on campus meaning they are very accessible.

September 2019: No update as yet, Political Engagement Team will meet with Global Programmes Team to discuss.

June 2019: LUU's Student Programmes team is doing a lot of work with the Language Centre, with a focus on belonging and understanding. Language classes are likely to be part of this as well. Lots of summer activity coming up with the Language Centre, focus on international students and conversational English. A booklet is going to be sent out with range of activities.

May 2019: New Policy