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The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Credit Bearing Modules in Foreign Languages

We offer a wide range of credit bearing language modules. All are open to Durham University undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, providing they take no more than 30 credits below their level of study, and subject to individual degree programme restrictions.

There are some additional restrictions that may apply, as follows:

• Students are not usually allowed to register for two language electives in the same year, unless with the approval of their home Department, and then only in Year 1 of their studies (different arrangements may apply for incoming ERASMUS students). If a student does register for two language electives in the same year, they cannot both be at Stage 1 (beginners level)

• Students may not be allowed to register for more than two language electives (40 credits) during the duration of their degree programme, other than with the approval of their home Department (via a concession if necessary

• If a student does register for more than two language electives during the duration of their degree programme, they may be in no more than two different languages.

• Students in final year are generally discouraged from registering for a Stage 1 (Beginners) language module, unless they have a specific need to study that language to support their future academic or career plans. Extra-curricular study options are otherwise available.

Our modules are generally aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), with levels from A1 (Beginner) to, in some languages, C1 (Advanced).

Each module is worth 20 credits [10 ECTS] and is taught over 21 weeks, from October to June. Taught mainly in Elvet Riverside, each has 2-3 hours per week class time (subject to level and language), and students are expected to study independently for around 5 hours per week. In the more popular modules there are multiple groups to maximise flexibility for students across the University.

For further details, please contact

All modules are examined with written, oral and aural assessments, and regular formative assessment.

The table below lists the modules we intend to offer for the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Entry: Beginner
Exit: A1 (CEFR)

Entry: GCSE
Exit: A2 (CEFR)
Entry: A2 (CEFR) or AS Level
Exit: B1 (CEFR)

Entry: B1 (CEFR) or A Level
Exit: B2.1 (CEFR)

Entry: B2.1 (CEFR)
Exit: B2.2/C1.1 (CEFR) (Advanced)
Entry: C1.1 (CEFR)
Arabic MLAN1531 MLAN1561 MLAN1601
Chinese (Mandarin) MLAN1191 MLAN1201 MLAN1211 MLAN1221 MLAN1521
French MLAN1411 MLAN1391 MLAN1361 MLAN1371 MLAN1441 MLAN1581
German MLAN1251 MLAN1271 MLAN1281 MLAN1451 MLAN1461
Italian MLAN1511 MLAN1551 MLAN1591
Japanese MLAN1151 MLAN1161 MLAN1171
Korean MLAN1571 MLAN1611
Portuguese MLAN1501
Russian MLAN1181 MLAN1491
Spanish MLAN1301 MLAN1311 MLAN1321 MLAN1291 MLAN1481 MLANXXXX (NEW)

Why learn a foreign language?

Language ability is becoming a basic requirement for a 21st-century career, and a vital workplace skill. Employers are seeking employees with an international outlook, a global mindset and cultural intelligence. The ability to speak more than one language with some degree of competence is a huge asset. 

Language Coordinators

Mr Abed al Zuweiri

Room ERA59

Dr Li Li
Room ERA60

Mrs Anna Johnston
Room ER260

Dr Alex Burdumy
Room ER218

Mrs Giusy Stott
Room ERA59

Ms Shiori Kudo
Room ER218

Ms Yoonjoung Choi

Room ER209

Mrs Fernanda Lourenco
Room ER209

Mrs Branka Grundy
Room ERA28

Dr Marion Coderch
Room ER270