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The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Credit Bearing Modules in Foreign Languages

Durham University's Centre for Foreign Language Study (CFLS) offers a wide range of credit bearing language modules open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our modules are generally aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), with levels from A1 (Beginner) to in some languages C1 (Advanced).

The following table lists the open language modules that we have offered in 2017-18. Registration for these modules is now closed. Our offering of courses for 2018-19 is likely to be similar and will be announced in March 2018.

Arabic stages 1 - 3 Chinese stages 1 - 5
French stages 1 - 6 German stages 1 - 5
Italian stages 1 - 3 Japanese stages 1 - 4
Korean stages 1 & 2 Portuguese stage 1
Russian stages 1 & 2 Spanish stages 1 - 5

For further details, please contact

The modules are open to all 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.

Each module is worth 20 credits [10 ECTS] and is taught over 21 weeks. Taught mainly in Elvet Riverside, each module 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.

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

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