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. 

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  1. French 3: book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Daniel Fernandez
    This course is for intermediate learners of French (French 3 lower and French 3 upper levels) who would like to improve their reading skills and learn new grammar and vocabulary through reading and discussing works of French speaking fiction and/or non-fiction. The texts chosen may be in the form of easy readers to facilitate understanding. The chosen texts will be written in French, and discussions will be in French, though some English may be permitted, so learners will be able to stretch themselves and feel more confident about expressing their opinion and asking questions in class.



    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
  2. Bernard Clavel: une vie, une œuvre
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Venez découvrir cet écrivain français. Auteur prolifique, autodidacte, il est très connu des Français pour ses grandes sagas historiques. Sa représentation réaliste de la nature et de l'humain, son engagement contre la violence et la guerre lui ont valu de nombreuses récompenses. Il fait partie des auteurs français contemporains à connaitre!



    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 £63.00 Concession £48.00
  3. Italian multicultural literature: letteratura senza confini
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Veronica De Felice
    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 £59.00
  4. Italian 2 upper grammar toolkit
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Luca Gastaldi
    The Italian 2 upper grammar toolkit aims to consolidate key grammar points covered in the first three years of Italian (up to Italian 2 upper) through revision and speaking.







    If you’d like to be more confident conjugating “piacere”, using pronouns, or choosing between passato prossimo and imperfetto, this is the course for you.



    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
  5. Japanese beginners: an introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hisaka Bunting
    Learn to speak Japanese, 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  6. French into English: translate a story
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Trista Selous
    Enjoy reading in French? Like translating? Come to join this short lively translation course to discuss the subtlety 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  7. L'era fascista in Italia
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roberto Minardi
    Nel 1922 Benito Mussolini diventa primo ministro. Nel corso degli anni le opposizioni politiche vengono eliminate. Il Fascismo diventa un regime totalitario che resterà al potere fino al 1943. Analizzeremo le cause e circostanze che portarono alla nascita di questo fenomeno politico e le sue fasi evolutive.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Province siciliane
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roberto Minardi
    Attraverso l'analisi di diversi elementi rappresentativi (culturali, storici ecc.), esploreremo le province di Agrigento, Palermo e Siracusa.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  9. Arte italiana contemporanea
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Roberto Minardi
    In questo corso percorreremo alcune fasi cruciali dell’arte italiana contemporanea, attraverso l'analisi di alcuni fra i più importanti artisti e movimenti: il gruppo dei Macchiaioli (circa 1850-1870), Renato Guttuso (1911-1987) e la pittura realista; il futurismo, Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916) e il movimento dell’Arte Povera (metà anni ’60); i casi molto originali di Carol Rama (1918-2015) e Antonio Ligabue (1899-1965).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  10. Poesia italiana moderna
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Roberto Minardi
    In questo corso esploreremo il lavoro di sei autori affermati del panorama poetico italiano dalla seconda metà del ventesimo secolo a oggi, “accoppiandoli”: Giuseppe Ungaretti, (1888-1970) e Cesare Pavese (1908-1950); Elio Pagliarani (1927-2012) e Pierluigi Cappello (1967-2017); Patrizia Cavalli (1949-) e Antonella Anedda (1955-).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  11. Turkish beginners: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cavidan Seyitcemaloglu
    Learn Turkish on this face-to-face intensive course with an emphasis on practical use and the development of your listening and speaking skills. Based on the tutor's own materials.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  12. German 4/5: advanced grammar and conversation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Barbara Pöllet
    Vertiefen Sie Ihre Deutschkenntnisse in diesem Konversations- und Grammatikkurs für Fortgeschrittene. Diskutieren Sie aktuelle Themen und frischen Sie Ihre Grammatik auf!



    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 £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  13. French 4: à lire sur la plage
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pierre Porcheron
    Vous aimez lire en francais et vous voulez découvrir des romans légers à lire en vacances. Venez les découvrir dans ce cours animé et interactif. C'est aussi une excellente introduction si vous ne lisez pas déjà de romans français.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
    Rating:
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  14. Chinese 2: revision course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ting Poon
    Consolidate your elementary/intermediate knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin). Suitable if you have studied Mandarin for two years or have an equivalent level. Based on the tutor's own materials.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  15. German beginners: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gideon Scholz
    Get ready for a new language experience on this intensive course for complete beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00

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