At Language PAL sessions, you can come together with other language learners to practise speaking and listening to languages and learn about their respective cultures. Sessions take place weekly and are led by trained PAL Leaders who are native speakers of the language. 

PAL is a supportive and confidential space to practise your language skills and ask questions you don't want to ask your language teacher. Sessions are informal and fun, allowing attendees to learn and grow in confidence through language games, listening to music, watching clips from films or TV shows or simply having conversations with other language learners. There are also lots of opportunities for you to cover things you’re struggling with as you get to grips with the language.


This PAL scheme is supported by the Languages team and the SU to give language lovers additional practice opportunities. All language learners are welcome, whether you are learning alongside your course, at home or started before university. Sessions are available in:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

What is English PAL?

English PAL is very similar to Language PAL. At these sessions, you can come together with other students to improve your confidence with English and learn about living and studying in the UK. Sessions are facilitated by native English speakers. Find English PAL sessions below.

How do I attend a PAL session?

PAL sessions start during Semester 1 and run weekly throughout the rest of Semester 1 and 2. Information about when and where each session takes place will be available here once sessions are confirmed. You don't need to sign up to attend a session in order to go - feel free to turn up on the day!

How do I become a PAL Leader?

Becoming a PAL Leader is likely to be one of the most rewarding experiences during your time at University. Working closely with other PAL Leaders, you will plan and deliver weekly study sessions to support your fellow students and develop valuable skills employers look for.

Find out more about becoming a PAL Leader