Centre for Language Studies
Studying languages and culture at City
Why study a foreign language?Foreign language skills, as well as communication skills and cultural competence, remain extremely important for those seeking employment. Mastering more than one language gives newly graduated students a more competitive edge when applying for jobs.
The majority of employers (currently 74% according to the Confederation of British Industry) seek employees with foreign language conversational skills and inter-cultural competence. Rather than full fluency in foreign languages, UK firms are looking for graduates who are aware of the importance of understanding the culture of those countries in which they operate (CBI report 'Emerging Stronger: The Value of Education and Skills in Turbulent Times', April 2009).
To reflect this, our programmes develop your communication skills in foreign languages as well as your cultural knowledge of how to live, work and be part of a culturally diverse global society.
Current language classes and cultural modules availableLanguage Breadth Modules (LBM): Language electives offered in Undergraduate programmes where students from different degrees study together. (Electives count towards final degree.)
Language for Specific Purposes (LSP): French, German and Spanish classes designed for the specific purposes of particular disciplines are offered by some departments.
Language for General Purposes (LGP): Free-standing courses open to all students and staff at City free of charge. French, German and Spanish are available at a range of levels. On successful completion students receive a certificate.
Study Abroad & Exchange Programme: Courses available to exchange and study abroad students. Students can take a language course as well as the following cultural courses: