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Language Cafe

Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete one of our feedback forms; after reviewing all your comments and suggestions here is a summary of what you said and what we did.

The Good Stuff

93% of those who completed the feedback form rated the Language Cafe as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’

97% said they would recommend it to a friend.

67% enjoyed the language learning games and activities

89% feel that their language learning has improved from attending the Language Cafe

50% are “very satisfied” with the help they have received from the Language Cafe Leaders and volunteers

60% think that the way abilities have been split on the tables has been effective

The feedback states that you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the cafes

The majority of attendees came to the cafe to maintain their knowledge of a language or because it is a hobby/ for fun.

Meeting new people was your favourite thing about the Language Cafe

You really enjoyed the following themed cafes and games:

  • The Presidential Election
  • The Sports guessing game
  • Talking about your hobbies

Your comments and suggestions

Many students have commented that the acoustics in Room 76 is not that good for language learning as they sometimes couldn’t hear properly or had to shout. Work has been done to reduce the noise by having the music switched off but we acknowledge it is an ongoing issue. However, a lot of work has been undertaken to find an appropriate new venue on campus and it has proven to be impossible. The Language Cafe will most likely now stay at Room 76 until the Students’ Union moves to their new building (if this happens).

Despite 60% thinking the split of the abilities on the tables has worked, comments have been made in relation to making this better. The Leaders have been asked to come up with a beginners activity, an intermediate activity and one that suits all abilities. We will look at this again and seek advice from SCLS as to how to make it work better.

It has been requested to provide snacks at the cafes. This has not been offered due to having a low budget but will be looked into to see if it is feasible.

Some of you have asked if the Language Cafe can take place more than once a week. Unfortunately, this is not possible due to a lack of appropriate venues on campus and it would mean that other student groups would lose the opportunity to use Room 76, which we believe would be unfair.

Some of you have commented that you would like more culture orientated games and activities at the Language Cafe to learn more about cultures in other countries. This is something we can suggest to Language Leaders for the Spring term.

You have enjoyed the interactive nature between the tables that has taken place at some of the cafes this term. There are some people at the cafe who don’t want to take part in the activities and to just sit and talk, which is fine, but they would be disturbed with more interactive games between tables. However, we can look into this and see how this can be managed as it is enjoyable to add a fun, competitive element to the games.

Some have suggested introducing new language tables. We are very happy to introduce new languages but we ask that you create a demand from other students to learn that language and to attend the Language Cafe to do so. Once there is a demand and students are coming to learn each week then the language can become an official table.

 

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