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Learn a Language Online

Learn a language online

We are delighted to offer you a unique opportunity to learn a language from the comfort of your own home.

Our fully tutored courses will take place over 24 weeks from January to July 2021 and will comprise 2 hours of learning per week delivered as a combination of live online lessons and specially prepared learning resources available via our virtual learning platform.

As part of the course you will be learning alongside other students with whom you will be able to practise your language skills and build a virtual classroom community under the guidance of our tutors who are experienced in both classroom-based and online teaching. The online experience offers you practice in all 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing and will take you through one of our language stages (levels) in just two terms.

So, for a more intensive but fully taught online language learning experience join us for one of the following courses.


Beginners (Stage 1)

These courses are suitable for complete beginners and will take you through the basics of the language to enable you to communicate in everyday situations such as shopping, eating out, leisure activities, work, family etc.


French 1:        Wednesdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:     20/01/21 - 24/03/21 & 14/04/21 – 14/07/21


Arabic 1:         Thursdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:      21/01/21 - 25/03/21 &  15/04/21 – 15/07/21


Spanish 1:       Tuesdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:     18/01/21 - 22/03/21 &  12/04.21 – 12/07/21


Greek 1:          Thursdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:     21.01.21 - 25.03.21 &  15.04.21 – 15.07.21


Improvers (Stage 2)

These courses are suitable for students who have already completed a beginners course or who have already gained some basic language skills. They will help you to improve your skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), expand your vocabulary and develop your confidence in communicating in the language. They will also be suitable for students who have ‘rusty’ skills in a language and wish to revive their skills.

French 2:           Wednesdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:        20.01.21 - 24.03.21 &  14.04.21 – 14.07.21


German 2:         Wednesdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:        20.01.21 - 24.03.21 &  14.04.21 – 14.07.21


Portuguese 2:     Wednesdays 18.30-20.30

Term dates:        20.01.21 - 24.03.21 &  14.04.21 – 14.07.21


Also on offer online from January 2021

Learn Japanese with Asuka: learning at your own pace and in your own place!

Learn Japanese with Asuka has been specially designed by one of our Japanese tutors to offer a course that will enable you to learn a language at a time and pace that suits your needs. When you sign up to this course you will be given access to our virtual learning environment (VLE) on which video tutorials with Asuka will be made available on a weekly basis. These will provide an introduction to the material covered in the course which you can watch at a time convenient to you. They are supplemented by additional materials and weekly tasks which you can complete during the week and submit to the tutor for feedback. Each week Asuka will offer a live Q&A session so that you can ask questions about any aspects of the learning material and tasks for which you need additional help or clarification. In addition you will be able to post questions to Asuka via the VLE and also receive individual feedback via email on the weekly tasks.

The course will run every thursday for 24 weeks from 18th January to 16th July and offers the equivalent learning outcomes to one of our full-year Stage 1 (Beginners) courses.

The Q&A lession will take place every Thursday after the lession between 20:00 and 20:30 to answer any questions about the aspects of the learning material for which you need additional help or clarification.

So, if you are looking for a different way of learning which offers all the flexibility of an online course but with full tutor support Learn with Asuka is the ideal course for you.

To book onto the course, click here.

Bookings for all courses are open now.



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