Our philosophy is that anyone who wants to learn a language should be able to do so.
We offer language courses for Durham University students, staff and members of the public. Currently, courses in 18 different languages are available, ranging from beginners to higher advanced level. Our courses are flexible and are offered in a variety of formats and lengths, with start dates throughout the year.
CFLS delivers the majority of its courses face-to-face in a classroom setting. However, due to the current social distancing measures, we will be delivering our June language programme online. Any course that starts online will be completed online.
Courses will be delivered on a teaching platform (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom or Teams), providing a virtual classroom in which learners can interact via video with their teacher and fellow students. Classes will take place at a set time each week, as per the schedule shown for each course, replicating as far as possible the regular progression and curriculum.
If you are not familiar with online language courses, you may need to adjust to new ways of working and learning, with added emphasis on the need for self-study, already an essential part of learning a language meaningfully.
To take full benefit of the classes you will need a reliable internet connection, webcam & microphone, and an effective web browser.
Our main October programme currently offers courses in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. Courses in most of these languages are also offered in January and June.
Please see the table below for programme dates and registration information.
To be added to a contact list to receive a notification when courses open for registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which programme(s) you are interested in.
Courses are available in four different formats, offering learners the opportunity to study at a pace to suit their language learning needs, as well as providing flexibility to work around other commitments.
Find out more about our Course formats.
There are no prerequisites for any of our courses, however, it is important to choose your level carefully.
View our Guide to levels.
View our Frequently asked questions or contact email@example.com.