African & Middle East

Learn African & Middle East Languages - Online or in London

We offer a number of language courses from Africa and the middle east. Why not book a course if you would like to learn a new exotic language, or allow yourself more time to develop your own natural tongue.

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Browse our African and Middle Eastern language courses below and enrol today!

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  1. Swahili beginners taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sami Said
    Come and discover Swahili in this lively online taster.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  3. Arabic beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Taïssir K Mahmoud
    Learn Arabic in the heart of London on this lively classroom-based course.







    We offer one hour online taster on 12 of September. Please check the details by using the following course code: LAT1. Search on this page top right corner.







    This course is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of Arabic. It focuses on developing basic speaking and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the standardised form of Arabic used in formal settings, media, and literature. The course will introduce students to essential vocabulary and grammar structures, with a focus on practical communication in everyday situations.



    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 £229.00 Concession £149.00
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  4. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  5. Arabic 2 lower: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Micheline Antonian
    Learn Arabic in the heart of London on this lively classroom-based course.







    Suitable if you have studied Arabic for one year or have an equivalent level.The course aims to equip you with the skills to converse in everyday situations using Arabic and to communicate in writing in a variety of situations.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Swahili beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sami Said
    We are running a taster in September if you would like to experience learning Swahili. The course code for this online taster is LSWT01.







    The course aims to provide students with a foundation understanding of Swahili language, enabling students to begin communication in practical situations, and to provide them with an insight into Swahili culture.



    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 £229.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Turkish beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cavidan Seyitcemaloglu
    Learn Turkish on this lively face to face course in Central London.



    Learn to speak Turkish and develop your speaking and listening skills in these communicative classes, which emphasise the practical use of the language. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
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  8. Arabic level 2: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alaa Sonjoq
    Suitable if you have studied Arabic for two - three years or have an equivalent level.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. Farsi beginners: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hengameh Razavi
    Get off to a flying start in Farsi. This is a stand alone course to give you a basic introduction to Farsi, the language spoken in Iran.



    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 £229.00 Concession £149.00
  10. Arabic reading group
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alaa Sonjoq
    Do you want to start reading more fluently in Arabic while improving your knowledge of vocabulary and pronunciation? Then, come and join this friendly online reading class which focuses on practical, everyday texts. You will need to be able to read the alphabet and individual words to join this course. Suitable if you are studying at 2 lower module 1 level or above (more than 1 year of Arabic).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  11. Arabic beginners: short introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a short introduction to the Arabic language and discover aspects of Arabic language culture in these live online communicative classes. Suitable for complete beginners.







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    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  12. Arabic: an Introduction for beginners at the British Museum
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  The British Museum

    Tutors:  Nora Allali-Carling
    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum exhibition Silk Roads to provide a foundation in the Arabic language.Please note, this course will be taught at the British Museum.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  13. Arabic beginners: module 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Micheline Antonian
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
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  14. Arabic beginners: module 3
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Micheline Antonian
    Continue to learn to speak, understand, read and write Modern Standard Arabic which also refer to other Arabic dialects. This lively class based course takes place in central London, You should have completed Arabic beginners: module 2 or equivalent.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
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About the City Lit School of Languages

Language courses at all levels and in 19 different languages are offered at City Lit. Whether you would like to attend part-time or weekend language classes, our highly popular language lessons offer the widest choice in London. Most language courses are taught at seven different levels and you can start anywhere from beginner to advanced.

Our tutors

Tutors are experienced and friendly, and you can choose from evening, day time or weekend language classes. We also offer early morning sessions and intensive courses to help you learn a language at a time and in a way that suits you best. In many languages you can take an accredited course, with national and international qualifications selected for their relevance to adult learners.

Professional development language courses

We can also offer tailored language training in your workplace, which can be a fast and convenient way to learn a language to help improve your skills for work or develop your business.