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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Learn a Language

We offer modules in a range of modern foreign languages for Queen Mary students and staff, and for members of our local community: French, German, Japanese, Modern Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Who can take these modules?

Anyone at Queen Mary or from the local community who wishes to learn a language can take these modules. You can start learning a new language or continue with a language you’ve studied before.

If you’re a Queen Mary student, you can take a language module as a credit-bearing module (30 or 15 credits), for free, if your programme allows you to take a language elective for credit as part of your degree.

If you are unable to take the module for credit, you can take a language module as extracurricular alongside your main programme. Upon successful completion, the module will be listed on your transcript, and you will receive a Certificate of completion. If you take a language not for credit, you need to pay the tuition fee, or apply to your home department or school for funding.

Our modules are also open to Queen Mary staff and members of the local community.

All our modules are taught at beginner and intermediate levels, with French and Spanish also taught at advanced level. Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture is delivered by QMUL's Confucius Institute.

How do I apply?

  • If you want to register for a module and you are a complete beginner (i.e., you have never studied the language before), please complete our online application form
  • If you want to register for a module and you have studied the language before, please take a diagnostic test to ascertain your language level
  • Then you will need to complete our online application form
  • Once we have confirmed availability, we will send you a link for payment.

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How will my module be taught?

We offer a friendly and professional service together with excellent facilities (multi-media language laboratories and interactive whiteboards). Our well-qualified and experienced staff will help you achieve a high level of communication in your chosen language, in both every day and professional situations, and for all levels from beginners (A1) to advanced level (C1). 

Our classes are small and usually have a maximum of 20 students in a group. This means classes are highly interactive and students have the opportunity for regular practice and personal engagement with the tutor and other students.

What is the timetable?

The timetable for individual modules in academic year 2020-21 will be published later in the summer. Classes with 4 hours per week (in two sessions) are normally scheduled during the day, while classes with one session per week (2 hours) are usually scheduled in the late afternoon or evening.

Contact Us

For further information please contact the Programme Administration Team at