Learn a language

Planning a holiday and want to be able to hold a conversation? Want to improve your job prospects in the UK and abroad? Just want to learn something new?

We offer language courses for all skill levels in French, German, Italian and Spanish, from beginner to proficiency.

We also offer free one-off language and culture sessions throughout the year to give you a taste of what it is like to learn a language with us.

Which course level is for you?

To join a Beginners Term 1 class you need no previous knowledge of the language. These classes are aimed at complete beginners or for those with a very basic understanding of the language.

To join a Beginners Term 2 class you should be able to:

  • Exchange basic personal information
  • Order food and drink in a bar or restaurant
  • Communicate in a social setting

To join a Beginners Term 3 class you should be able to:

  • Use shopping expressions and vocabulary
  • Give directions 

To join an improvers class you should be able to:

  • Address people differently according to how well you know them
  • Use basic phrases for familiar tasks
  • Pick up pieces of information from simple, familiar spoken and written sources
  • Ask and answer simple questions on familiar topics
  • Fill in a simple form and write a list of terms

To join an intermediate class you should be able to:

  • Take part in a simple conversation about familiar topics
  • Understand the main points of a simple, short written or spoken text
  • Write a simple message or short text with the help of a dictionary
  • Recognise and use phrases to express past events and future plans

To join a higher intermediate class you should be able to:

  • Take part in a short conversation on a familiar topic, with a short discussion giving your opinions and justifying them
  • Understand the main points of simple spoken or written texts
  • Write a message, letter, or short text with the help of a dictionary
  • Use a range of tenses to express the present, past and future in familiar settings

To join an advanced class you should be able to:

  • Maintain a conversation on a familiar topic and give and justify your opinions
  • Understand most of spoken or written texts on familiar topics
  • Write a letter or report giving and justifying opinions and/or a point of view
  • Use a range of tenses confidently

To join a proficiency class you should be able to:

  • Maintain a conversation/discussion on a variety of topics and give and elicit opinions
  • Understand a long passage of authentic written or spoken text
  • Write a letter or report on a range of complex issues
  • Use a wide variety of tenses and moods

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