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Credit Bearing Modules in Foreign Languages

We offer a wide range of credit-bearing language modules. They are open to 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 regulations.

Why study a language module?

In our globalised and increasingly interconnected world, the ability to communicate in more than one language offers significant professional, social and personal benefits.

Demand for multilingual employees is ever-growing. Learning a language will afford you a competitive edge in today’s crowded job market, enabling you to seize career opportunities around the globe. Candidates with language skills are highly desirable to employers who increasingly require employees who can communicate confidently with foreign customers, clients and suppliers, and offer the potential to build relationships in new markets.

Learning another language also broadens your perspective and view of the world. You will be exposed to foreign literature, newspapers, films and music which will offer an insight into the culture, history and politics associated with the target language.

It certainly isn’t just about simply knowing the right words to communicate. You will be intellectually and culturally enriched, and able to make deeply meaningful connections with people around the globe.

Our modules require commitment, including a high level of personal motivation towards independent study. The pace is fast, the courses are challenging and the rewards are high.

Which languages are available?

For 2023-24 we are offering modules in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Our modules are generally aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), with levels from A1 (Beginner) to, in some languages, C1 (Advanced).

Where and when does teaching take place?

Each module is worth 20 credits [10 ECTS] and is taught over 20 weeks, from October to May.

All CFLS modules are taught in a similar manner, according to level and language:

  • Stage 1 three 1-hour seminars per week
  • Stage 2 three 1-hour seminars per week
  • Stage 3 three 1-hour seminars per week
  • Stage 4 two 1-hour seminars per week
  • Stage 5 two 1-hour seminars per week
  • Stage 6 two 1-hour seminars per week
  • Our language modules have no lectures

Classes comprise learning in the 4 main skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as a thorough grounding in grammar). It is expected that students will typically undertake 5 hours of independent study per week outside classes, in line with other University modules. 

Are modules open to all students?

All modules are open to 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 regulations. There are some additional restrictions which may apply. Please check these before registering.

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Registration for credit-bearing modules

Registration for 2024-25 credit-bearing modules will open on Monday 6 June. In the meantime, you may view the modules which will be available and contact us with any queries at cfls.admin@durham.ac.uk