Enrolments for 2018 / 2019

NEW COURSES will start in October 2018. Our timetable will be available from August 1st. Courses take place on evenings once a week either on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm. There are also lessons on Wednesday afternoon (3 - 5 pm) and Fast Track (intensive) courses on Saturdays (10 am - 2.30 pm). For more information and queries please contact us (+44 (0) 116 252 2662 / lalenquiries@le.ac.uk).


  • Arabic
  • Arabic for readers*
  • British Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)***
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French**
  • German**
  • Greek (Ancient)**
  • Greek (Modern)
  • Hindi
  • Italian**
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin**
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

** Arabic for readers is aimed for students who are able to read some Arabic, for example the Qur'an.

** Arabic, French, German and Italian courses are also available for academic research along side Ancient Greek and Latin. These courses aim to support reading and interpreting skills to enable learners to engage with texts in the target language at a very fast pace. Post-graduates and professionals carrying out research could greatly benefit from this training.

*** Mandarin Chinese Language, Culture awareness and Social etiquette for UoL Staff at Beginners. This training is available at no cost to all UoL Staff. members of the public are also welcome.

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Language levels offered

CEFR levels1Language Skills2
Level 1: Beginners A1 R-W-L-S
Level 2: Post-beginners A2 R-W-L-S
Level 3: Intermediate B1.1 R-W-L-S
Level 4: Upper-intermediate (former Advanced level) B1.2 R-W-L-S
Level 5: Advanced (former Proficiency level) B2.1 R-W-L-S
Level 6: Post-advanced B2.2 R-W-L-S
Level 7: Proficiency C1.1 R-W-L-S
Level C: Conversational*** B2+ L-S
Level 1: Academic Research Beginners** A1 & A2+ R-Ti
Level 3: Academic Research Intermediate** B1+ R-Ti
1 CEFR: Common European Framework of References for Languages (intended exit levels).
2 R: reading / W: writing / L: listening / S: speaking / Ti: Text interpreting.
* Our courses foster the development of all four language skills: Reading, writing, listening and Speaking.
** Our courses for Academic Research Purposes foster the development of reading and text interpreting skills only at a fast pace.

*** Aimed for advanced and proficient level students (B2 onwards) that would like to improve their conversational and listening skills.

If you are unsure about your level come to any of our drop-in sessions. We will help you to choose the best course for you.


Study at LaL 1

Lessons will start in the week commencing on Monday 8th October 2018. You are welcome to join the courses, subject to minimum numbers.

The majority of our courses take place from Monday to Friday during evenings. However, we also offer some courses on Wednesday afternoons as well as FAST TRACK (intensive) courses. These classes take place on Saturday mornings, enabling you to complete a language level within one term, having 60 learning hours over 10 weeks.

Please notice that the University doesn't take breaks during schools' HALF TERMS (Mon 22nd to Fri 26 Oct 2018; Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb & Mon 27th to Fri 31st May 2019). Languages at Leicester Terms for 2018/19 are as follows:

Terms and length


Guided learning hours

Additional study hours

Total learning hours

T1: Autumn term

Monday 8th October / Saturday 15th December 2018

20 hs / 40 hs**

10 hs / 20 hs**

30 hs / 60 hs**

(10 weeks)

T2: Spring term

Monday 21st January / Saturday 30th March 2019

20 hs / 40 hs**

10 hs / 20 hs**

30 hs / 60 hs**

(10 weeks)

T3: Summer term

Monday 29th April / Saturday 6th July 2019

20 hs / 40 hs**

10 hs / 20 hs**

30 hs / 60 hs**

(10 weeks)

Short T3 (for courses starting in October 2018)*

Monday 29th April / Saturday 15th June 2019

18 hs 6 hs

24 hs

(6 weeks)

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 10th / Friday 21st June 2019

60 hs

60 hs

(2 weeks)

T4: Holiday term

(Monday 8th July / Saturday 14th September 2019)**

20 hs / 40 hs**

10 hs / 20 hs**

30 hs / 60 hs**

(10 weeks)

* For courses starting in October 2018 the Summer Term (Short term 3) will have 6 weeks, finishing in the week ending on Saturday 15th June 2019.

** Fast Track (intensive) courses.

Our courses are taught over 2 terms (20 weeks - 60 learning hours), with the exception of Fast Track (intensive) courses, which cover the same amount of learning hours (60 learning) over 10 weeks.

Downloadable timetables
● Timetable by DAYS (available 1st August)
● Timetable by LANGUAGES (available 1st August)

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Contact Details

e: lalenquiries@le.ac.uk

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.

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