Instead of relying on your knowledge of your mother tongue to shape your perspective, why not broaden your horizons? Join us to experience the intellectual, cultural and personal enrichment that comes from learning a new language. At the Centre for Modern Languages, we provide students of varying disciplines a choice of courses in Asian as well as European languages. Courses include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Malay, Russian, Singapore Sign Language, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese, from introductory to intermediary levels.
The CML also offers many language immersion programs (LIP) to further develop cultural and linguistic competency. Seize the opportunity to learn these languages in native countries as well as travel around the world.
CEFR at CML
When learning a language, it is important that students have a clear understanding of their current level and relevant learning goals. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR, is a standard way of describing language proficiency so people across the world would have a common way of indicating someone's language level. It has become the standard throughout Europe, and it is now widely used across the globe as a universal system for assessing language proficiency. All language courses at CML relate to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Matching CML language courses to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
By the end of a:
- level 1 course at the CML, students will have completed CEFR A1.1 level.
- level 2 course at the CML, students will have completed CEFR A1.2 or A1.
- level 3 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR A2.1 or A2.
- level 4 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR A2 or A2+ or B1.1.
- level 5 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR B1.1 or B1.
- level 6 course at the CML, students will have completed either CEFR B1 or B1+ or B2.1
* CEFR levels are usually split into two parts, e.g. A1 is a combination of A1.1 and A1.2
** A2+ and B1+ are bridging contents in which students have completed the lower levels and are starting to learn contents from higher levels.
CML Level one courses are strictly for students with no prior knowledge of the language.
Students with some prior knowledge need to sit for a placement test.