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Centre for Foreign Language Study

Main programme

The following classes are available at Beginners' level at Queen's Campus in 13-14:

Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish (see timetable included in the application form below)

We can also run classes in German and Mandarin if there is sufficient demand so if you are interested in these languages, please let us know at


The dates below refer to the whole course which runs from October till April/May; there are no new courses starting at the beginning of each term

(these are the dates within which LFA classes are taught, but dates for individual classes may vary within those dates, depending on bank holidays and possible individual changes)

  • w/c 21 October - w/c 2 December 2013
  • w/c 20 January - w/c 17 March 2014
  • w/c 28 April - w/c 5 May 2014

We sometimes offer free taster sessions in some languages. Information should be available in September:

Course contents

LFA classes are communication based and aim to promote active use of the language during lessons to make the most of contact time with a native speaker. In most classes, the 4 skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) are covered but the emphasis is on oral skills.

The following links lead to past or current programmes. They are intended only as an indication of the topics and grammar points usually covered at a given level. Teachers complement the textbook with their own materials and ideas, and the pace at which topics and grammar points are introduced may vary according to the level of the class. Moreover, If the programme available is from a previous year, there may be a change of textbook and the new forthcoming programme may have been revised. 

If a language/level does not appear, it may be in the process of being updated or added. Please check again later and/or look at the Durham Campus page for the equivalent class.

Please look at the Durham Campus page for more detailed information on the LFA programme.

Application procedure

You can enrol at any time providing there are places available in the class of your choice, but please note that some classes may fill up and that others may not run if there are not enough firm registrations, so we advise you to enrol as soon as you have made a decison.

Complete an application form below and return it with your payment to:

Student Support & Admissions Officer, Stephenson College
Durham University,
College Offices, East Drive
Stockton on Tees, TS17 6JZ