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The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Academic Language Courses for Durham University Researchers

We offer a programme of academic reading skills courses for PhD students, and also for researchers and staff across the University requiring language learning to aid with their research. This is especially aimed at skills development to facilitate the understanding of primary and secondary texts in other languages, and to develop language competency for building and maintaining international contacts, collaborations, and partnerships.

Courses are available for PhD students who have a requirement to study a language for the purposes of conducting research. PhD students who wish to improve language skills for purely personal reasons are usually directed to our evening course programme, for students, staff and members of the public. The Language Programme in support of research is developing organically based on demand, and at the present time is concentrated on provision of Reading Skills courses to aid scholarly research using text-based materials, in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, and Spanish. There is also scope to deliver language learning for all communicative skills in Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. This latter language learning would be offered either through access to existing course provision to other taught students, or potentially on a bespoke basis with as part of an identified training need.

We are interested to learn more of the language learning needs of our colleagues and researchers across the University and if you are looking for a course that is right for you please contact Mark Critchley, Director of CFLS, to discuss further (

The Centre for Foreign Language Study will be offering Reading Skills courses in 2017-18 in Arabic, French, German and Spanish. The following courses will commence in January 2018. Arabic Beginners French Beginners French Post-Beginners German Beginners German Post-Beginners Spanish Beginners

Registration will open on 1st December 2017. For full details of schedules, and to register, please visit the CAROD Researcher Development webpage. Further courses will be available commencing in May and October 2018. If you are interested in studying a language, at a level or for a language skill not currently shown above, please contact