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.

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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.

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  1. Explore Las Islas Canarias
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of north-western Africa where you can find its 7 islands: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote y La Graciosa. In this workshop you will discover some of the most spectacular aspects of these island including the famous volcano Mt. Teide, the volcanic scenery of Lanzarote, the beaches of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria with their sand dunes, or the green forests of La Palma and La Gomera.

    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 £18.00
  2. Explore Granada
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and discover Granada, one of the most well-known cities in Spain and also one of those places where you never end to discover wonderful corners full of tradition and beauty. This beautiful city is Internationally renowned for its famous palace of “La Alhambra” and the birthplace of Federico García Lorca, the well-known poet and playwright.

    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 £18.00
  3. Italian beginners (small group): an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn Italian at a rapid pace on this intensive course for complete beginners. With a maximum group size of 8 students, you will have plenty of opportunity to practise. Taught in Italian, the emphasis is on speaking and listening.

    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 £139.00
  4. French beginners (small group): an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and join this lively short course for beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  5. Spanish beginners: small group
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to speak Spanish on this lively, communicative course for complete beginners. This course has a maximum of 8 learners. Taught in Spanish with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills. Based on units 1-5 of Ele Actual A1 (libro del alumno) and exercise book (SM Publishers).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
  6. Spanish beginners: module 1B
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to speak Spanish on this short course for near beginners. Suitable if you have completed module 1A (LS1111 or LS105) or if you have a very basic knowledge of the language (please check course outline for LS1111 or LS105 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. Spanish beginners intensive: module 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to speak Spanish on this lively, communicative course for complete beginners. Taught in Spanish with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills. Based on units 1-5 of Ele Actual A1 (libro del alumno) and exercise book (SM Publishers).

    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
  8. Dutch beginners: module 1 intensive
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn Dutch and develop your listening and speaking skills on this intensive course. This course is suitable for complete beginners who want to learn over a shorter period of time.

    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
  9. French 5: Fables, fabliaux, contes et Nouvelles
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Si vous aimez la littérature d’un genre plutôt court, venez découvrir une sélection d’histoires brèves qui ont marqué la littérature française, de ses origines moyenâgeuses à nos jours.



    Avec « Estula », fabliau anonyme du XIIIème siècle, vous pourrez rire de la naïveté d’un bourgeois amené à croire que son chien a le don de la parole. Vous redécouvrirez également quelques contes classiques du XVIIème siècle avant de passer aux maîtres du genre au XIX siècle, avec Balzac, Flaubert ou Maupassant.



    Finalement, nous aborderons des textes issus de la littérature contemporaine, avec des auteurs comme Boris Vian, Roland Topor et bien d’autres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  10. German 3 lower: Revive your intermediate German
    Course Date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is suitable if you did GCSE, O Level or A level German some time ago and/ or would like to revive your intermediate German.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  11. French 5: Napoléon, un personnage à part
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Napoléon est un des personnage les plus connu de l’histoire de France. À l’automne 2021 le Président Macron a commémoré les 200 ans de la mort de l’Empereur en exil. Certains ont approuvé et d’autres ont critiqué ces célébrations. Napoléon continue de diviser !



    Sorti du rang pour atteindre le sommet était-il un génial ambitieux ou un simple arriviste ? Commencant sa carrière sous la Révolution en a-t-il été le continuateur ou au contraire le fossayeur ? Est-il une sorte de précurseur de l’Europe ou au contraire n’y a-t-il semé que la mort et la désolation ? A-t-il laissé une France plus riche ou une France ruinée ? Voilà quelques-unes des questions que nous nous poserons ensemble sur ce personnage à part.

    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
  12. Spanish Reading: intermediate
    Course Date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you have an intermediate level of Spanish and love reading? This short reading course would give you the opportunity of improving our Spanish through short Spanish and Latin-Americans' stories.

    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 £111.00 Concession £85.00
  13. Japanese: the art of onsen
    Course Date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Japanese hot springs, or "onsen", are an important aspect of Japanese culture. More than just a way to cleanse the body, the onsen experience is about appreciating nature’s seasons, benefitting from natural minerals and feeling part of society. From historical sites to modern day spas, outdoors or indoors, the onsen offer a special way to enjoy Japanese culture. 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Arabic Regional Dialects-Egypt
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course forms one of a series of workshops which will equip you with the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in a range of different Arabic dialects in a variety of situations. You will need to have studied Arabic for at least a year or have an equivalent level and have some knowledge of the alphabet.



    Please note that this is one of a series of workshops:





    LAW001 7th Nov-Egypt

    LAW002 14th Nov-The Levant

    LAW003 21st Nov-The Gulf

    LAW004 28th Nov-Sudan

    LAW005 5th Dec-Morocco and



    LAW1111 1st Nov -Arabic writing for beginners.

    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00
  15. Spanish: Sunday intensive for beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to speak Spanish on this lively, communicative course for complete beginners. Taught in Spanish with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills. Based on units 1-5 of Ele Actual A1 (libro del alumno) and exercise book (SM Publishers).

    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 £179.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100

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