LFA short courses

Short course fees 2018/19 

£76 University of York students

£84 University of York staff/public

Learn a language at a relaxed pace in an informal setting. Our short courses:

  • Are open to everyone - students, university staff and the general public
  • Run for 8 weeks over one university term
  • Consist of one 2-hour class per week
  • Cater for beginners, intermediate and more advanced learners
  • Are delivered in teaching groups of no more than 20 people
  • Focus on building speaking and listening skills through discussion
  • Are non-assessed

We have three types of courses. Find out more below:

Intercultural Understanding

Language for Intercultural understanding
(non-Romanised languages for beginners)

Our Language for Intercultural Understanding classes:

  • Are usually available for Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean and Russian
  • Are for learners with no previous knowledge of the language
  • Have an emphasis on developing intercultural understanding
  • Provide learners with key expressions and vocabulary
  • Allow learners to build their confidence when interacting with native speakers

These introductory courses can lay the foundations for further formal study.

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Our Term 2 Intercultural Understanding courses are a repeat of Term 1 courses. They are therefore not suitable for those who already attended classes in Term 1.

Everyday Communication

Language for Everyday Communication
(beginners and post-beginners)

Our Language for Everyday Communication classes:

  • Are offered for French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Include our brand new Speaking Latin in Ancient Rome course (for beginners only)
  • Are for learners with no or very little knowledge of the language
  • Develop learners’ confidence in engaging in everyday communicative situations
  • Provide the building blocks for manipulating basic structures
  • Equip learners with relevant language learning strategies

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Our Term 2 Everyday Communication Beginners courses are a repeat of Term 1 courses. They are therefore not suitable for those who already attended classes in Term 1.

Our Everyday Communication Post-beginners courses are open to students who already have some basic knowledge of the language including students who completed our Term 1 Everyday Communication Beginners courses.

Conversation and Culture

Language for Conversation and Culture
(intermediate and advanced)

Our Language for Conversation and Culture classes:

  • Are offered for French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Are for learners with a reasonable knowledge of the language already
  • Are available at intermediate and advanced levels
  • Help learners to gain fluency and improve their speaking skills
  • Foster a deeper understanding of contemporary cultural issues

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Our Conversation and Culture courses cover different material from Term 1 and are therefore open to all students with the appropriate levels. For those who attended classes in Term 1, we recommend that you keep to the same level.

Specific Purposes

Italian for Musicians

Gain some knowledge of Italian by engaging with music-related resources and activities. A course for music learners, musicologists and music enthusiasts alike.

Classical Arabic

Develop your reading skills in Classical Arabic, learn about key aspects of Arabic culture in both pre-Islamic and Islamic ages and understand its impact on contemporary Arabic language and culture.

Medieval Documentary Latin

Get an opportunity to practise your skills at reading, transcribing, editing and translating medieval documents such as wills, charter and land grants. A course particularly relevant to anyone who has an interest in ancient texts.