About Languages

Language business training

Would you like to offer in-company language training to your employees? Do you want to improve your language skills with tailor-made training that fits around your working week? Do you need to use a foreign language for a specific business purpose?

We offer flexible, affordable and high quality language training for businesses in and around London.

Languages offered currently include the following, from beginners through to advanced levels:

  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Hindi
  • German
  • Greek (Modern)        
  • Italian                
  • Japanese                    
  • Portuguese 
  • Russian                    
  • Spanish          
  • Polish                          
  • Welsh
  • English (EFL)        
  • Scottish Gaelic


We may be able to help if you are interested in a language not listed here - just let us know. 

 

Why use City Lit for your language business training?

An organisation you can trust

As an established, government-backed organisation, City Lit is a no-risk alternative to private training providers. We have been one of London’s biggest adult education centres for 90 years, and are renowned for the high quality of teaching we provide. 

"London's pre-eminent adult learning institute." 
The Guardian 

"A bastion of lifelong learning." 
The Evening Standard

An efficient training organisation

Meeting your needs

Training programmes are designed to meet the needs of the trainees according to their starting level and specific requirements.
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Learn when and where it suits you

From short intensive courses (e.g. every day for one week) to one-year courses on a weekly basis, our flexible training programmes can be delivered in a variety of ways. . 

Training can be arranged at any time of day: 

  • early morning
  • daytime (including lunchtime)
  • after work
  • at the weekend. 

We will plan a timetable to suit you, wherever possible.

Training can take place on your premises or at City Lit adult education centre in Covent Garden, near Holborn tube station.

High quality language training

All our trainers are native speakers of the target language, are fully qualified and have extensive experience of teaching business people. Our training is subject to a strict quality monitoring system and our trainers are observed on a regular basis and undertake regular professional development. 

Participants get regular feedback on their progress, with training monitored and reviewed at regular intervals.


City Lit is regularly inspected by Ofsted and other government bodies who monitor the quality of our services. 

Speed of response

Training can often be arranged at very short notice.

Excellent value for money 

As a not-for-profit, government-funded organisation, we are able to offer market-leading value for money. 

Our charges vary depending on the language, the mode of delivery and the size of the group, with the cost per hour starting at £55. 

Language learning resources

Trainees are entitled to free, unlimited access to our learning resource centre at our Covent Garden site. This includes foreign language audio and video material, internet access, a lending library. 

 

Assessing your training needs

 

So that we can find out exactly what you need, contact to Nathalie Augé on languagetraining@citylit.ac.uk, 020 7492 2640.


What is your starting level?


Assessing your level

If appropriate we will carry out a comprehensive initial level assessment of each trainee to ensure that the training is pitched at the right level.

Identifying your own level

If you would like to have an idea of what level you might be at, please look at our self-assessment which is based on the Common European Framework for Languages.