Welcome English

Course Description

Welcome English is a free language course for any international students whose first language is not English. It is an introduction to using English in different social  and personal situations that you may encounter during your first few weeks in the UK, and has a local focus on living and travelling around Falmouth and Penryn. The classes are a great place to meet other students from around the world and also to ask any questions that you may have about the university and life in Cornwall. For example, What is a Cornish pasty? Is it windy all the time? or Where's the best place to find international ingredients?


When: weekdays 19 -29 September

Time: 17.30 - 19.00

Where: to be confirmed

Enrolment: details in September



Pop into the Languages Office in Tremough House, Penryn Campus

You can come to all or just some of the classes depending on your other commitments, but please make sure you complete the online enrolment.



Language focus

Vocabulary focus

Cultural information

19 Sept

Meeting & socialising

Greetings, questions, suggestions & plans.

Social venues, food & drink

Some cultural norms of getting to know people

20 Sept

Getting around 

Requests for advice/help, getting/giving directions, getting clarification

Transport & directions

Types of public/ private transport around Cornwall, safety/ legal issues

21 Sept

Money, money, money! 

Formal/semi-formal polite language

Expressions for shopping, numbers, prices, quantities and banking terms

Shopping in Falmouth and Penryn, where to go to find what you want

22 Sept

Home sweet home – accommodation & on-campus services

Asking about facilities, talking to flat-mates/ landlords

Domestic items, kitchen equipment

British houses

25 Sept

Health & fitness – medical services, sports & fitness activities

Instructions, advice

The body, basic illnesses, sports

The NHS, local sports facilities

26 Sept

Out and about – social events, outings

Recommendations, Making arrangements

Social activities, informal language & slang

Things to do, places to visit

27 Sept

Keeping in touch 

Formal vs informal style, appropriate register

Expressions for emails, phone calls, social media,  

The media

28 Sept

When in Rome… - cultural Dos & Don’ts, law & order

Advice, obligation

Customs, law and order

Cultural tips, laws you need to know

29 Sept

The British! – fun overview of key historical events and institutions

Discussion, negotiations

History, politics, popular culture, personal characteristics.

Historical and cultural information