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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 cfls.admin@durham.ac.uk.

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

Arabic:
Mr Abed al Zuweiri

Room ERA59

Chinese:
Dr Li Li
Room ERA60

French:
Mrs Anna Johnston
Room ER260

German:
Dr Alex Burdumy
Room ER218

Italian:
Mrs Giusy Stott
Room ERA59

Japanese:
Ms Shiori Kudo
Room ER218

Korean:
Ms Yoonjoung Choi

Room ER209

Portuguese:
Mrs Fernanda Lourenco
Room ER209

Russian:
Mrs Branka Grundy
Room ERA28

Spanish:
Dr Marion Coderch
Room ER270