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 27 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, or Old English — 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.

Most of our courses are delivered online. We are also bringing back some face-to-face teaching taking place in our London college building. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Una stagione con Dante: introduzione
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This session - conducted entirely in Italian - is the first part of an introduction to the Divine Comedy. The first session introduces you to Dante's life, his political and philosophical views and gives an overview of the structure of the poem. We will devote the following three sessions (from January onwards) to reading, analysing and commenting on a selection of cantos. Please note that the selection of the cantos read in the following sessions will be different from that of previous years, so you are welcome to re-enrol even if you have attended before.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Celebrating the New Year-Russian style
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the New Year celebrations in Russia and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the main Russian holiday of the year.



    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
  3. Discover online French
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you always wanted to learn French but never taken the plunge ? Now is the perfect opportunity to start your French journey with us thanks to our short taster course !







    This is a live online course. You will need:



    - Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.



    - A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.



    - Earphones/headphones/speakers.



    We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.



    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
  4. Discover Latin
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of one of the most important languages of the ancient world, Latin.



    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
  5. Spanish Quiz/game night: level A1-A2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and join us in this fun Spanish night! Do you like pub quizzes? Do you want to put into practice your knowledge of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, culture, and music while having fun in the process? Then you are in the right place!



    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
  6. Chinese 2 lower: module 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue improving your Chinese with the emphasis on speaking and listening. Suitable if you have completed 'Chinese 2 lower: module 1' 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 £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Italian rapidamente: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course for beginners is suitable if you already speak a Romance language such as Spanish, French, Portuguese or Romanian. It might also be suitable if you would like to learn at a much faster pace. This course, together with module 2 and module 3 covers year one and two (Italian 1 and Italian 2 Lower). Expect more homework than in other courses.



    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 £115.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  8. Japanese beginners: module 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable if you have completed module 2 or equivalent. Continue learning to speak Japanese on this course for near beginners. The emphasis is on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading and writing Hiragana. Based on Japanese for Busy People 1 (Kodansha International).



    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 £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Classical Greek 1: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can begin to read straightforward Classical Greek prose. 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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  10. Latin 1: module 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue to learn the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary so that you can improve your ability to read 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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Latin 2: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue your introduction to Latin, learning the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary through adapted prose texts dealing with the foundation of Rome, the end of the monarchy, and the wars with Carthage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. German 2 upper: module 2
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This an intermediate German course, with the emphasis on developing your speaking skills. Suitable if you have completed German 2 upper, module 1 or have studied German for an equivalent of about 2.5 years.



    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 £121.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  13. Italian 2 lower: module 2
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    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).







    IMPORTANT: Please note that this is an in-person course and will take place in our college in covent Garden. However, please note that City Lit reserves the right to change the mode of delivery to online subject to government guidance.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  14. Italian 3 lower: module 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Improve your intermediate Italian on this communicative course. The emphasis is on developing your oral skills and aquiring a greater understanding of Italian grammar. Suitable if you have completed module 1 or equivalent. Based on Espresso 3 (Alma Edizioni).



    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 £121.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Chinese beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Learn to speak Chinese, with the emphasis on developing your speaking and listening skills. You will also learn to read and write Chinese characters.Suitable for complete beginners.



    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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
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