Department of Languages
We are a group of motivated, highly qualified academic teachers and researchers in English and Modern Foreign languages.
Our diverse range of courses includes English preparatory provision for undergraduate and postgraduate study, English Language Teaching PG Cert/Masters and a part-time modern foreign languages programme.
We offer a range of flexible part-time language courses from beginner to degree level. Many of our courses are taught by native speakers and offer daytime and evening classes spread across our City and Headingley Campus.
Languages currently on offer include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Courses run for 26 weeks from October to May – find out more here.
As an approved Cambridge Delta Centre for English Language Teaching, we offer two high quality postgraduate courses which will enable you to advance your career in teaching.
Our MA English Language Teaching incorporates two different learning routes and can be studied full or part-time on campus or via distance learning with start dates throughout the year.
Our PG Cert English Language Teaching & Professional Practice/Cambridge Delta courses refine your expertise as a teacher and allows automatic entry on to semester two of our MA ELT.
Research & Enterprise
Our academic team are involved in a wide range of research projects related to languages and English language teaching, actively participating in research networks at a national and international level. Our staff engage in research covering a variety of topics from historical spoken language to babbling in infants with Down Syndrome.
Our individual research interests include Corpus linguistics, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and using multimedia for teacher training.
We offer courses in teacher training and language education, which can be tailored to suit your organisations learning needs.
Our bespoke language education courses range from one to 16 weeks and can cover a variety of topics for English language and culture such as education, health, the media and understanding British Higher Education.
We offer two types of programmes for teachers:
- Tailored courses that broaden existing teachers’ methodology and teaching techniques. These courses can include school visits to give students a chance to observe and reflect on their own practice.
- Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) courses, ideal for groups of teachers of any subject area, who plan or already deliver their subject in English. These provide a theoretical background and practical implementation of CLIL in schools and universities.
We host a number of international conferences including our established biennial Languages in the Globalised World Conference, which explores language teaching, learning and language skills development. We also hosted the 2017 English Scholars Beyond Borders Conference, which attracts English teachers and scholars from across the globe to expand conceptual horizons.
Postgraduate research applications are welcome from candidates who wish to pursue a research interest within the broad fields of applied linguistics, including English language teaching, language acquisition, material development, corpus linguistics, human communication, discourse analysis, translation and interpreting. To find out more visit our Graduate School.
To find out more about our courses, research or events please contact us on 0113 8123641 or
We work in close partnership with or are members of the following organisations: