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. Spanish cinema: Almodóvar en el siglo XXI
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Descubre los elementos que hacen el cine de Almodóvar único e internacionalmente reconocido. El curso explora la



    rimbombancia de su estilo a través del estudio de técnicas cinematográficas y artefactos culturales. Este curso es



    para estudiantes con nivel avanzado de español (si has estudiado español al menos durante 5 años).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  2. German intermediate revision
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a revision course of years at intermediate level. Revise and consolidate your speaking and listening skills, as well as your grammar. Suitable if you have studied German for at least three years. Based on the tutor's own materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  3. Classical Greek: an introduction for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This four week course uses British Museum objects such as Greek inscriptions on architectural fragments, to provide a foundation in Classical Greek.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  4. German advanced: Deutsche Filme und Berlin
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy three interactive workshops on three different type of films on Berlin.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  5. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette: une vie, une oeuvre
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Venez découvrir une mondaine à la réputation sulfureuse qui s’est imposée dans l’entre-deux guerre grâce à son style épuré. C’est une des grandes romancières françaises, auteure de Gigi, de la série des Claudine, entre autres. Ceci lui a valu d’être présidente d’ une des plus grandes institutions littéraires françaises.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  6. Arabic beginners: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn Arabic on this intensive, week-long course with an emphasis on practical use and the development of your listening and speaking skills. You can also learn to read and write Arabic characters. Based on the tutor's own materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
  7. French 4/5: À la découverte de la Suisse Romande
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Saviez-vous qu’en Suisse Romande, un appareil qui ne fonctionne pas bien est un appareil qui « péclote », que le sol de votre cuisine a besoin d’être « panossé » quand il est sale et que vous ne devez pas oublier vos « cornets » avant d’aller faire les courses au supermarché ?







    Non ? Alors voilà l’occasion d’en découvrir plus sur cette autre culture francophone, au cœur de l’Europe.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  8. Italian multicultural literature: letteratura senza confini
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Italy is increasingly becoming a more multi-cultural country, and this diversity is beginning to be reflected in its literature. This short course will introduce you to some of the most interesting and exciting writers from this new wave of diversity.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Latin: an introduction for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This four-week course uses information on British Museum objects such as Latin inscriptions on Roman architectural fragments, to provide a foundation in the ancient language of Latin. The class will be held online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Spanish Bites: Spanish and Latin American Food
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will allow you to learn and practise basic Spanish vocabulary at beginner level around the topic "Spanish and Latin American Food". This short course can be taken together with any of our "Spanish Bites" courses and is the perfect option if you just need or interested in learning specific vocabulary and structures about this topic. It can also be taken as a free-standing course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  11. Spanish beginners: get to grips with the simple past
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will allow you to practise and consolidate aspects of Spanish grammar at near beginner level. It combines an initial independent study week for guided self-study with a group session on Zoom. This short course can be taken together with any of our beginner courses and is the perfect option if you need further grammar practice in the simple past tense. It can also be taken as a free-standing course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  12. La pronuncia Italiana
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short course is geared towards helping you sound more like a native speaker of Italian. While Italian pronunciation may seem relatively simple, there are actually quite a few features that require focus and practice. This course will allow you to concentrate on the sounds of Italian - how to produce them when speaking and how to recognise them when listening.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
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  13. French 2 upper: focus on listening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This skills-based course is for lower intermediate learners of French and aims to train you on strategies you can apply to listen more effectively to spoken French in a variety of different contexts. You will also look at elements of French pronunciation to give you a better idea of how French is spoken.







    IMPORTANT: 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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  14. German advanced: Deutsche Regionen in Gedichten
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover in these three fortnightly workshops German regions through the eyes of poets.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  15. French 2 upper: focus on passé composé and imparfait tenses
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Still confused about which one to use? Come to this workshop and develop your ability to distinguish between them.







    Ideal for students who already have a basic knowledge of those tenses. Taught in French.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00

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