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The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Courses for Durham staff and researchers

The Centre for Foreign Language Study offers language learnning for students, and also for researchers and staff across the University that will aid them in their work. This is especially useful for building and maintaining international contacts, collaborations, and partnerships.

The Institution Wide Language Programme for staff and researchers is developing, and at the present time is concentrated on provision of Reading Skills courses to aid scholarly research using text-based materials, primarily in French and German. There is also scope to deliver broader language learning in Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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 (

It is the intention to develop a series of short courses in communicative language learning to support the University's strategies for Internationalisation and Research. We are happy to work with Research Centres, Research Institutes, academic Schools and Departments to support your needs.

“Knowing only English can be just as limiting as knowing no English.”

Reading Skills for Researchers

The Centre for Foreign Language Study will be offering Reading Skills courses in 2016-17 in Arabic, French, German and Spanish.

The following courses will commence in April and May 2017.

Arabic Beginners
French Post-Beginners
French Intermediate
German Post-Beginners
German Intermediate
Spanish Beginners

For full details and to register, please visit the CAROD Researcher Development webpage.

Further courses will be available commencing October 2017. If you are interested in studying a language not currently available, please contact