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 30 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, Old English or British Sign Language — 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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. German beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Jun 2023 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Vera Messarius
    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). 1.5 hours per week over 7 weeks.



    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 £129.00
  2. Spanish 4: lengua y literatura
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Óscar Salgado Suárez
    Este curso es para aquellos estudiantes que han estudiado unos cinco años de español y desean obtener un conocimiento más profundo de la lengua y cultura del mundo hispanohablante. En este módulo se leerá y analizará un libro dentro de su contexto histórico.



    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 £90.00
  3. Japanese: writing for beginners part 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chikako Nakagawa
    Further develop your knowledge of the Japanese writing system, Kanji. Suitable if you have completed Japanese writing for beginners: part 1.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  4. Spanish beginners: module 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Learn to speak Spanish on this short course for near beginners. Suitable if you have completed module 1A 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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  5. Japanese beginners: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Noriko Inagaki
    Learn to speak Japanese on this introductory course, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana (IF). 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Tokyo: an insider's guide
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kiyomi Unten
    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.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  7. Spanish: Al-Andalus: crucible of cultures in medieval Spain
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Inma Ridao Carlini
    Este curso analizará algunos aspectos históricos y culturales de este fascinante periodo que abarca desde el año 711 hasta 1609. Exploraremos las relaciones interculturales que se formaron entre las comunidades musulmana, cristiana y judía a medida que el carácter geográfico y político de al-Andalus se desarrollaba y cambiaba. También estudiaremos el legado de este periodo en la identidad nacional del pueblo español actual y las diferentes interpretaciones que se han ofrecido de la diversa y dinámica cultura de la España musulmana. Este curso es



    para estudiantes con nivel intermedio avanzado de español (si has estudiado español al menos durante 4-5 años).



    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
  8. Spanish 3/4: grammar workshop - prepositions
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Roser Martínez-Sánchez
    Consolida los diferentes usos de las preposiciones, incluyendo la diferencia entre "por" y "para" a través de actividades escritas y orales. Este curso es ideal para estudiantes de Spanish 3 lower/upper o si te estás preparando para el A-level or DELE B1 exam.



    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
  9. Japanese beginners fast-track: module 2
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kiyomi Unten
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  10. French 1/2: French through simple songs- Ô les beaux jours !
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trista Selous
    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.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Introduction to the DALF certificate
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Henriette Harlall
    Would you like to improve your French and possibly gain an internationally recognised qualification at both academic and professional levels? Revise, practise and also gain an insight into the DALF courses starting next September. An advanced, post A-level command of the language is required.



    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 £90.00
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  12. Il Decameron di Boccaccio. Ritratto della Toscana del XIV secolo
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Francesco Bucciol
    Sebbene in modi diversi, Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio hanno posto le basi per una letteratura in lingua italiana dando al volgare toscano dignità e valore letterario. In questa breve introduzione, vedremo come ognuno di loro ha contribuito al passaggio da una cultura essenzialmente medievale ad una moderna come quella dell’Umanesimo e del Rinascimento.



    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
  13. Napoli: passato, presente e futuro
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Veronica De Felice
    Venite a scoprire questa magnifica citta attraverso un viaggio multimediale alla scoperta delle sue secolari tradizioni, delle sue bellezze “nascoste”, della sua musica e delle sue specialita gastronomiche. Verranno inoltre fatti cenni alla storia della citta e riferimenti a personaggi napoletani famosi nel mondo e non.



    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 £25.00
  14. French 3/4: Revise and consolidate
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Henriette Harlall
    Come and refresh your French language skills. Ideal to revise and consolidate your upper intermediate French. It is also a good course to do if you intend to enrol on French Delf B2 or French A-level in September.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £159.00
  15. Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Veronica De Felice
    Viaggio attraverso gli usi, i costumi e le abitudini dei pompeiani a pochi giorni dalla terribile eruzione del Vesuvio (79 d.c.) che ha provocato la distruzione delle citta' di Pompeii, Ercolano, Stabia e Oplonti, ed ha cambiato per sempre il corso della storia.



    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

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