Whitehall Virtual Languages

FAQs

PLS is the Prime Provider of language training for the FCO, responsible for the delivery of training in all languages apart from French.

We are now delighted to announce the introduction of Whitehall Virtual Languages – a programme of self-funded group language classes, open to civil servants from all government departments, wherever they are based in the UK – or even when travelling overseas.

Summer Term 2020

Background

Professional Language Solutions (PLS) is the official Prime Provider of language training to the FCO (for all languages except French), and has contracts with many other Central Government departments. We are now offering self-funded virtual language classes which are aimed specifically at civil servants across Whitehall and beyond.

We offer these self-sponsored virtual classes three times per year – broadly in line with the academic year. These courses are open to government employees in any location as all courses are online, delivered by real teachers using Zoom, an audio visual software that allows live connectivity.

Our virtual classrooms are equipped with all required functionality, such as interactive whiteboards, screen-sharing, virtual break out rooms, live chat, and resource sharing.

How do I enrol?

To see the timetable and enrol, visit: https://langsols.com/index.php/uk-services/cross-whitehall-classes.html

What equipment do I need?

You can access Zoom from any device which permits you to download the app (a computer will provide the best experience). Detailed instructions on how to download and access Zoom will be provided. You will need uninterrupted access to the internet. headphones and a microphone are recommended.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £199 including VAT for French, German and Spanish. The cost for Arabic and Mandarin is £215 including VAT.

This is for a course of 15 hours (12 sessions of 75 minutes per week). Refunds are not available once the course has been confirmed. Payment will guarantee a place in the group.

 

What languages are on offer?

For the Summer Term 2020, we are offering French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin.

Other languages such as Russian, Farsi and Japanese are currently offered on a 1:1 basis. Virtual group classes are likely to be offered in these languages in the future, so do let us know if you would like to be put on a waiting list for one of these other languages.

How many people are in a virtual class?

Classes have a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6. This very small group size is designed to give every participant plenty of time to practise the key skill of speaking.

What time will the classes take place?

Lessons will run for 75 minutes at the same day/time each week for 12 consecutive weeks.

Depending on language and level, classes are offered in the mornings, lunchtimes and evenings at different times. Please refer to the web shop for the days and times of classes.

 

When do the classes start?

The classes will start w/c 11th May 2020. In the case of public holidays alternative dates will be scheduled.

How do I know my level?

If you are not sure about your current level, please have a look at the course description on: https://langsols.com/index.php/uk-services/cross-whitehall-classes.html. You can also contact us with any questions.

What if I pay but cannot attend the lessons?

We are unable to offer refunds to students who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the whole course. We regret that we are unable to offer pro rata rates for partial attendance of courses.  In the event that we are unable to run a course due to insufficient participants, a full refund will be provided.

Will I need to do any preparation or homework?

A small amount of revision and/or preparation work will be advised in advance of each lesson (excluding the 1st lesson).

Are tutors native speakers?

Yes, all our tutors are native-speakers, and meet the MPRs (Minimum Professional requirements) set by the FCO. They have experience teaching diplomats, civil servants and professionals.

 

What do lessons cover?

All our courses focus on the two main skills of Speaking and Listening, covering practical topics of general interest to civil servants, helping you to build confidence when dealing with everyday situations.

Do I need a course book?

No. Our courses are all topic-based, and focus on the communicative skills of speaking and listening in contexts which are relevant to the programme’s target audience (government officials and civil servants). We will provide recommendations for free apps which can be used for self-study and for learning general vocabulary.

 

Note: If you would like a customized language course just for yourself, we can arrange this on a 1:1 basis, either through virtual classrooms or with face to face tuition (depending on your location). Please contact us for further details.

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Professional Language Solutions Ltd

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