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The Centre for Foreign Language Study

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

New courses available: Evening Language courses commencing January 2018

Please click to find our more or follow the links below. Courses are available in our Language Progression and Language Development formats (please note true beginners should select Step 1 courses as Step 2 courses are not suitable for those with no prior knowledge).

The Centre for Foreign Language Study (CFLS) delivers language learning opportunities to 2,000 language learners, including students and researchers at the University, as well as to University staff, those who use second languages at work, and the general public. It is our philosophy to encourage language learning as widely as possible, and for a variety of purposes. Anyone who wishes to learn a language, for whatever reason, should be able to do so. We currently offer courses in 17 different languages.
We aim to deliver a broad portfolio of language courses, and work collaboratively with other language centres in UK universities, and are a member of the Association of University Language Centres of the UK & Ireland (AULC).



Language Cafés

Venue: Durham Student Union
Dates: 5th December 17:00 - 19:30
An opportunity to practise your foreign language skills in a relaxed, informal environment. Everyone is welcome to attend (students, staff and members of the public). For more information, please visit the Language Café’s Facebook page.

Association of University Language Centres

Annual Conference

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University
Dates: 8th - 9th January 2018

Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures for the 21st Century

International Conference

Venue: Durham University
Date: 16th - 18th April 2018
Further details:

British Council released their 2017 update of the Languages for the Future Report. on Tuesday 14th November 2017.

10 German words non-Germans can't pronounce

There's no doubt about it, German can be a challenge for language learners. With four cases, the grammar is tricky - but the pronunciation can also trip up those who haven't been listening to the language since birth. Deutsche Welle spells out 10 German words which non-natives struggle to pronounce

(14 Mar 2017)

Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes

Learning a new foreign language is never easy – but it's a lot harder if you fall into these five common traps, says Anne Merritt, writing for The Telegraph. 

So in other words listen a lot, be curious, be flexible and try different things, and don't be afraid to make mistakes...

(9 Feb 2017)


Contact Details

The Centre for Foreign Language Study
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham University
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT