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Short courses in modern languages

Covid-19 update: The learning doesn’t have to stop, join our online community. We are aiming to deliver courses remotely until further notice. Live tutor support and virtual lessons will take place during advertised teaching hours. The classes are taught in small groups, so you’ll get lots of support from your tutor.

City's language short courses cater for all learning levels. Our highly popular language courses are now taught online by qualified and experienced native tutors. We follow the Common European Framework (CEFR) for languages (or equivalent) to ensure quality in our teaching.

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Chinese Mandarin






Start dates in January April/May, and October


Start dates in January April/May, and October



Bespoke Language Courses

Why study an online language course at City?

Live online languages classes

Our online language courses are taught live. Each class is unique and tailored to the needs and interests of the group. You’ll practice your language skills through pair work, oral presentations and a variety of listening, speaking and reading exercises.

Taught in small groups

We keep our online language class sizes small, so you’ll get plenty of one-to-one support from your tutor and from your fellow classmates.


We are now offering online language courses in ten different languages and from beginners to advanced. We are running online classes in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


We offer various levels from beginners onwards. Each level is made up of three terms, taught over a year. You can study for just one term or sign up for the full year to get a discounted price. Each term you’ll progress further until you are ready to move up to the next level of learning.


We have start dates in October, January or April. Make sure you check your level using our self-assessment tool before enrolling on a course.

Teaching methods

The focus is on speaking and listening for communicative purposes with trained, qualified and experienced native tutors. Online lessons are taught mostly in the language you are learning in a relaxed atmosphere.


Our language courses have helped thousands of students enjoy their holidays, communicate with distant relatives, get a job, improve their career, move abroad and get a broader understanding of other cultures.

What’s it like to study a short course at City?

Find out more about our modern languages short courses

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