About Languages

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. 

Contact us: Nathalie Augé, languagetraining@citylit.ac.uk, 020 7492 2640.