Languages

Learn a Language - Online & in London

Over 30 modern and ancient world languages taught by expert tutors!

Here at City Lit, we offer over 30 different language courses catering to all levels, from beginners to advanced — with both online and classroom formats. Our classes range from European languages such as FrenchGermanItalian and Spanish to Asian, African, and even Ancient and Classical languages. So what do you fancy learning? JapaneseKorean, Arabic, Russian, Classical Greek, Old English or British Sign Language — take your pick!

Our part time courses are designed to fit around your schedule, you'll find a suitable language class for you whether you would like to attend in the evening, daytime, or on weekends. We also offer short, intensive and fast-track courses if you need to learn in a hurry, as well as one-day workshops and taster language lessons.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Most languages taught at seven different levels and you can start anywhere from beginner to advanced. Our approach to learning is to teach you how to communicate effectively in real-life situations. We select content that is relevant to your needs. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to use the language as opposed to just repeating words and sentences as you would do with an app. We teach you to communicate rather than repeat. 

Use our self-assessment tool to help you choose the right course for your level.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. German 2 lower: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Francine van den Berg
    You should have studied German for about one year (1.5 hours per week). Based on chapters 9-10 of Willkommen (Hodder Arnold).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Italian 2 lower: module 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Paola North
    Suitable if you have completed Italian 2 lower: module 1. Improve your elementary Italian on this communicative course. The emphasis is on developing your oral skills. Suitable if you have completed module 1 or equivalent. Based on Nuovo Espresso 2 (Alma Edizioni - Italian version).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  4. Italian 4: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Veronica De Felice
    Questi corsi ti daranno la possibilitá di analizzare e discutere articoli giornalistici, testi letterari e programmi televisi. Praticherai continuamente tutte le abilitá linguistiche di ascolto, comprensione ed espressione scritta ed orale. É necessario un livello avanzato di Italiano (3 upper o equivalente).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £199.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  5. Russian 2: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alla Young
    Suitable if you have completed Russian beginners modules 1-3 or equivalent.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Spanish 5: estudios literarios hispánicos
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Elena Ugarte
    Si te interesa la historia y la literatura española en este curso podrás conocer obras literarias enfocadas en su contexto histórico. Ideal si has estudiado español al menos durante cinco años, este curso te permitirán consolidar tu conocimiento de la lengua a través de obras literarias enfocadas en su contexto histórico.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  7. Portuguese rapidamente: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Denise Delf
    This course is suitable if you already speak a Romance language such as French, Italian, Romanian or Spanish. It might also be suitable if you would like to learn at a much faster pace. Please note your tutor may be Portuguese or Brazilian - check with the Languages department before enrolling if this could affect your choice of course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
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  8. Italian beginners: module 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Anna Giuffria
    Learn to speak Italian on this communicative course for beginners, with the emphasis on the practical use of Italian and the development of your speaking and listening skills so that you can begin communicating quickly in Italian. Based on Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni, Italian version). Once you've completed this course you can continue with 'Italian beginners: module 2.'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  9. Spanish beginners at a gentle pace: module 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elena Ugarte
    Want to learn Spanish but worried that you might not be able to keep up? Spanish beginners at a gentle pace is designed to cover the same material as our standard Spanish beginners course, but at a slightly slower pace, and with more opportunities for revision built in.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  10. Japanese 4 upper: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kiyomi Unten
    Improve your level of upper intermediate Japanese. You will be able to understand, speak and listen to more complex expressions in Japanese in various everyday situations.







    Suitable if you have studied Japanese for about 6 years or have an equivalent level. Consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the structures of the Japanese language and work on more



    complex grammatical structures and functions. Suitable if you have studied Japanese for about 5 years or have an equivalent level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  11. Spanish 2 upper at a gentle pace: module 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Roberto Gallego
    Want to continue learning Spanish but worried that you might not be able to keep up? Spanish 2 upper at a gentle pace is designed to cover the same material as our standard Spanish 2 upper course, but at a slightly slower pace, and with more opportunities for revision built in.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Welsh 2 upper: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Whitehead
    Join this lively course to consolidate and develop your low-intermediate Welsh.



    Suitable if you have studied Welsh recently for 2 years or equivalent



    No class on 25/10.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  13. Italian 3 conversation
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Silvana Vistola
    This skills-based course is for intermediate learners of Italian and is intended to improve your Italian speaking skills in everyday situations. We will be looking at both formal and informal scenarios, and the aim is to help you to feel more comfortable speaking Italian in order to improve your fluency.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  14. Latin 1: module 3
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Merali-Smith
    Continue to learn the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can improve your ability to read and translate straightforward Latin. Suitable also if you have some basic or rusty knowledge of the language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  15. German 4: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Barbara Pöllet
    Vertiefen Sie Ihre Deutschkenntnisse durch eine vielseitige Auswahl an aktuellen Materialien, Texten, Videos und Hörverständnissen. In diesem Kurs können Sie auch Ihre Diskussionfähigkeit, Ihre Grammatik und Ihren Wortschatz erweitern. European Framework B2.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    84% of 100

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