Languages

Learn a Language at City Lit in London and Online

We offer language courses at all levels and over 27 different languages here at City Lit. Whether you would like to attend part-time evening, daytime or weekend language classes, our highly popular language courses offer the widest choice in London.

Many of our courses are delivered online by expert tutors. Our approach to learning is to teach you how to communicate effectively in real-life situations and 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. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our classes range from FrenchGermanItalian and Spanish to JapaneseKorean and Arabic. Most language lessons are taught at seven different levels and you can start anywhere from beginner to advanced. We offer short courses, intensive and fast-track if you need to learn in a hurry, as well as one-day workshops and tasters.

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

Discover the benefits of learning a second language and find out what the top growing languages are at City Lit, and why there's never been a better time to learn them.

Got a question about our courses? Email us: languages@citylit.ac.uk.

If you are looking for language courses on behalf of your organisation, email us on languagetraining@citylit.ac.uk for more information and to see how we can help.

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  1. French beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn French on this lively course for beginners, taught in French with the emphasis on developing your speaking and listening skills.



    Note: The fees include all teaching materials.

    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:
    80% of 100
  2. Swedish beginners: module 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable if you have completed Swedish beginners, 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  3. Norwegian beginners: module 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Come to improve your near-beginners Norwegian in this lively 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 £121.00
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    100% of 100
  4. German beginners: module 1
    Course Date: Tue 1 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    The emphasis is on the practical use of German and the development of your speaking and listening skills. Based on chapters 1-4 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    83% of 100
  5. Italian 2 get to grips with the past tenses
    Course Date: Tue 1 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Sono andato? Andavo? This short two-week course is meant to help you feel more confident in your use of Italian past tenses (the imperfetto and the passato prossimo), since knowing when to use them can be confusing sometimes.

    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
  6. Flaubert : une vie, une œuvre
    Course Date: Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Flaubert est le contemporain de Baudelaire et, comme l’auteur de « Les Fleurs du mal », il occupe une position charnière dans la littérature du XIXème siècle. À la fois contesté pour des raisons morales et admiré pour sa force littéraire de son temps, il apparaît aujourd'hui comme l'un des plus grands romanciers de son siècle, avec en particulier « Madame Bovary », roman qui fonde le bovarysme, puis « L'Éducation sentimentale ». Il se place entre le roman psychologique de Stendhal et le mouvement naturaliste de Zola et Maupassant, ces derniers considérant Flaubert comme leur maître. Lui-même fortement marqué par l'œuvre d’Honoré de Balzac dont il reprendra les thèmes sous une forme très personnelle - « L'Éducation sentimentale » est une autre version de « Le Lys dans la vallée » et « Madame Bovary » s'inspire de « La Femme de trente ans » - il s'inscrit dans sa lignée du roman réaliste. Il est aussi très préoccupé d'esthétisme, d'où son long travail d'élaboration pour chaque œuvre : il teste ses textes en les soumettant à la fameuse épreuve du « gueuloir », qui consiste à les lire à pleine voix, parfois pendant des heures. On a également souvent souligné la volonté de Flaubert de s'opposer à l'esthétique du roman-feuilleton, en écrivant un « roman de la lenteur ». Enfin, son regard ironique et pessimiste sur l'humanité fait de lui un grand moraliste. Son « Dictionnaire des idées reçues » donne un aperçu de ce talent.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Japanese: an introduction for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana . 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
  8. Spanish beginners: module 1B
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to speak Spanish on this short course for near beginners. Suitable if you have completed module 1A (LS018) or if you have a very basic knowledge of the language (please check course outline for LS018 to see what you should know already).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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    80% of 100
  9. German 4/5: Literature and Konversation
    Course Date: Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Dieser Kurs konzentriert sich auf Literatur und Konversation: Lesetexte aus der modernen Literatur, Videoausschnitte, intensive Spracharbeit und viele Möglichkeiten zur Diskussion.

    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
  10. Tokyo: an insider's guide
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Join this lively course and learn about this bustling capital that mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. Open to all levels.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  11. Al-Andalus: crucible of cultures in medieval Spain
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will analyse some historical and cultural aspects of this fascinating period which spans from 711 to 1609. We will explore the intercultural relations that formed among the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities as the geographical and political character of al-Andalus developed and changed. We will also look into the legacy of this period in the national identity of the Spanish people today and into the different interpretations which have been offered of the diverse and dynamic culture of Muslim Spain.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  12. French 1/2: French through simple songs - vive les vacances
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Summer and the holidays are coming! Let’s sing in French to celebrate.



    Sing your way to better French pronunciation, grammar and cultural knowledge with this fun workshop based on simple songs that French speakers learn as children. Suitable if you have recently started studying French or have an equivalent 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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  13. Taste Brazil
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and learn more about Brazil's history and geography by learning about some of its typical dishes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  14. Japanese 1 fast-track: module 2
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable if you have completed 'Japanese 1 fast track: module 1' or equivalent. Continue learning to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana. You can continue your studies by enrolling on LBJ01, Japanese 1 fast-track: module 3 in the summer.

    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 £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  15. Japanese: writing for beginners part 1
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and improve your knowledge of the basic Japanese writing system, Hiragana and Katakana. Suitable if you are studying Japanese at beginners level.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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