We offer courses in French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin at various levels. According to a report by the British Council these are the top five foreign languages most relevant to ‘the UK’s future prosperity and global standing’.
We also offer Russian in certain programmes because of Russia’s geopolitical importance and the large number of native speakers it has.
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.
Teaching is interactive and based on the communicative approach which emphasises practical use of the foreign language for effective communication.
All language courses are taught by native-speaker lecturers who are also linguists.
Please note that our courses are not for native speakers.
How will I be taught?
All our courses run over Term 1 and Term 2. You will have two face-to-face contact hours per week and there will be additional material on Moodle.
We develop and improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills on our modules as well as your understanding of the structure of the language.
You will study events, topics and vocabulary relevant to everyday life and (on the LSP and Business programme) to your studies/ specialism. You will develop and deepen your cultural knowledge related to the countries where the language is spoken.
Each session deals with a mixture of skills. Classroom activities include:
- pair and group work
- work on pronunciation and intonation
as well as grammar in context and if relevant, exercises related to script.
Listening to audio clips and watching videos are also an important element in the class room. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts will be set as homework, which you are required to complete regularly.
All our language courses are assessed.
Please note that studying a language is a commitment and requires regular attendance and self-study.
Resources and generic course content will follow shortly. If you would like more practice outside your language class, you may want to join City’s Language Exchange Society.
Which language to choose?
Generally, we recommend to choose the language you think you may enjoy most as this is the best motivation for your learning. If you still cannot decide, you may find the information in this report interesting:
What level am I?
All our courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
|Level|| UK qualification|
|Starting level|| European level (CEFR)|
|Beginner||No prior knowledge necessary||No knowledge, apart from a few words maybe||A1|
|Lower intermediate||Pre-GCSE, or rusty GCSE||Basic understanding of language||A2|
|Upper intermediate||Good GCSE, rusty AS||Good understanding of language||B1|
|Advanced||A-level||Comfortable use of language||B2|
This is only a general guide – lecturers will adapt their programme to the linguistic level of the students in the class.
If you have prior knowledge in the language you would like to study, we need to test your level in order to place you in the correct class.
For this, we will ask you to take an online diagnostic test in which your passive language skills are assessed through multiple choice and gap filling exercises, as well as short texts.
It takes about 30 minutes to complete and tasks relate to grammar, vocabulary and reading. There is no speaking or free writing involved.
The test is designed for all levels, so if you cannot answer a question you should not worry but just go to the next one.
How to register/apply
Please note that the application for our language courses have now closed for the academic year 2020/21.
If you have made an application, please don't worry if you haven't heard back from us yet. we will be in contact with you before the course begins to let you know if we are able to offer you a place.