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LFA short courses

Short course fees 2020/21

£95 University of York students

£105 University of York staff/public

Teaching update


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 1-hour online class per week and 1 hour of engaging guided activities to be completed weekly, at your leisure
  • 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 offer three types of courses. Find out more below:

Intercultural Understanding

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

Our Languages for Intercultural Understanding classes:

  • Are usually available for Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian
  • 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.

Everyday Communication

Languages for Everyday Communication
(beginners and post-beginners)

Our Languages for Everyday Communication classes:

  • Are offered for French, German, Italian, Spanish & Polish
  • 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.

Conversation and Culture

Languages for Conversation and Culture
(intermediate and advanced)

Our Languages 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.