Information about our language courses

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NEW language courses - starting in January 2019

You can join in now NEW courses starting from scratch in January 2019. The Spring Term (T2) courses will run from January to March 2019 (10 weeks) and resume in The Summer Term (T3) at the end of April to July 2019 (10 weeks).

20-week courses comprise 60 learning hours, while 10-weeks courses  cover 30. Lessons are two hours long and can take place once or twice a week (depending on the course) and mostly on evenings (6-8 pm). There are also Fast Track courses that take place on Saturdays and also comprise 60 learning hours and only take 10 weeks instead of 20.

  • Arabic - beginners and Arabic for academic research at beginners level
  • British Sign Language - iBSL Level1 (Units 1A3, 1A1 & 1A2) & iBSL Level 2 (Unit 2A2)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - beginners
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - Language, culture awareness and Social etiquette for UoL Staff at beginners level
  • Dutch - post-beginners & intermediate
  • French - beginners, post-beginners & intermediate


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Courses started in October 2018

You are welcome to join in any of the following 'courses started in October 2018' given that you have some previous knowledge in the language. This is particularly relevant at beginners level as you will be required to have learnt the basics of the language. For more information please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

  • Arabic - beginners, post-beginners & Intermediate
  • Arabic for readers - beginners (for people who already can read Arabic - e.g. the Qur'an)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate & upper-intermediate
  • Danish - beginners
  • Dutch - beginners
  • French - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced, post-advanced & proficiency
  • German - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate & advanced
  • Greek (Ancient) - for academic research at beginners level
  • Greek (Modern) - beginners
  • Italian - beginners, post-beginners & intermediate
  • Japanese - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate & advanced
  • Korean - beginners. post-beginners & intermediate
  • Latin - for academic research at beginners level & intermediate level
  • Polish - beginners & post-beginners
  • Portuguese - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate & upper-intermediate
  • Russian - beginners and post-beginners
  • Spanish - beginners, post-beginners, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced, post-advanced & proficiency

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Courses for Reading & Research purposes

These courses are taught at different levels starting from absolute beginners; so no previous knowledge is required (though it can help). All classes focus on developing reading and grammar skills to enable students to engage with a variety of texts in their chosen target language. As so many sources are not translated into English and information is published in many other languages, having the ability to read a foreign language is something employers and universities look very highly on.

The benefit of developing reading and text interpreting skills only, it that it enables a much faster pace of learning and comprehension. In a fairly short time students are able to understand most information presented to them as well as develop abilities to further supplement their own learning. In a 20-week course students complete the equivalent to two (or more) levels (A1 & A2+) of the above courses.

  • academicArabic for reading & research purposes - beginners
  • French for reading & research purposes - beginners
  • German for reading & research purposes - beginners and intermediate
  • Greek (Ancient) - beginners
  • Italian reading & research purposes - beginners
  • Latin - beginners and intermediate

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    Summer School courses - 2 intensive weeks

    These very intensive Summer courses are aimed to enable learners to acquire language skills at beginners level in a very short length of time (2 weeks). Lessons take place on mornings and afternoons, comprising a total of 60 guided learning hours.

    These courses are ideal for busy people and students who would like to learn new skills to support their professional and personal development, as well as their employability and/or study during the holiday period.

    Accommodation can also be provided for learners who don't reside in Leicester at a very convenient price. Rooms are located at just 5 minutes walking distance from the Central Campus, where lessons take place.

    Courses will take place over the Summer Term. Registration is not currently open.

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    t: +44 (0) 116 252 2662

    Language skills on your transcript

    Our language courses will be included on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) transcript.

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    Language degrees

    Modern Languages at Leicester, part of the School of Arts, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees combining French, Spanish and Italian with each other and with other academic subjects. We also offer degrees in translation and interpreting.

    Drop-in sessions

    2018-2019 Term Dates

    Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

    Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

    Monday 8 October – Saturday 15 December 2018

    Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

    Monday 21 January – Saturday 30 March 2019

    Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

    Monday 29 April – Saturday 6 July 2018

    Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

    Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019