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Durham University

The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Academic Reading Skills & Language Courses for Durham University Researchers

We offer two types of courses to enable Durham University researchers to acquire foreign language skills.

Reading Skills Courses

Designed specifically for those wishing to acquire reading skills 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, post-doctoral researchers and taught postgraduate students.

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Can't find a course suitable for you?

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 French, German, and Spanish. There is also scope to deliver language learning for all communicative skills in a number of other languages. 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. If you are looking for a course that is right for you (including in a language, at a level or in a language skills not shown by following the link above), please contact Mark Critchley, Director of CFLS, to discuss further (

Languages for All Evening Courses

Those wishing to improve their language skills for purely personal reasons are usually directed to our Languages for All evening courses for students, staff and members of the public. Courses cover all four keys skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

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