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LanguagED, pronounced [ˈlæŋgwɪdʒˈed], by Carnegie School of Education works with individuals, organisations, and companies to develop and provide outstanding languages education that is exciting, innovative, and fun.

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Learn a language

Whether you want to learn a language for fun or to further to your career, we offer a range of non-accredited courses to suit your skill level.

We offer high-quality learning opportunities through our face-to-face and online programmes and access to a community of people who wish to learn one or more modern foreign languages or are just interested in finding out more about cultures, languages, and communication in modern societies.

Consultancy and bespoke courses

We also offer bespoke courses and consultancy services to schools, businesses, and organisations.

What languages can I learn?

French is the official language of many international organizations such as the UN, NATO, FIFA, UNESCO, REDCROSS. Outside France, French is spoken in over 50 Francophone countries, where it is used by an estimated 120 million people in Africa. In Europe, it is the official language of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg, and the Aosta Valley region of Italy.

It is reported that of the 130 million people learning French in various parts of the world, 50 million are learning it as a foreign language, making it the medium of instruction for just over 76 million in 159 countries.  These are:

  • 19 in North-Africa and the Middle East
  • 25 in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean
  • 34 in the Americas and the Caribbean
  • 37 in Asia and Oceania
  • 44 countries in Europe

In the United Kingdom (UK) it is also the most popular foreign language taught in British schools and among adults. The forecast of L'Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), L’Institut Français (IF) and Alliance Française is that by 2050, the number of French speakers will rise above 700 million.

One of the major languages of the world, German is a native language to almost 100 million people worldwide and is spoken by a total of over 130 million people. It is the official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the Italian province of South Tyrol as well as Luxembourg, Belgium, and parts of southwestern Poland.

German is widely taught as a foreign language. Both English and German share the same language origins as West-Germanic languages and therefore some of their vocabulary and other linguistic features are similar. In contrast to English, German pronunciation and spelling are mostly regular and therefore predictable and easier to learn than English. Learning German provides access to job opportunities throughout Germany not least in the field of engineering. Knowledge of German opens opportunities to study world-renowned literature, music, art, philosophy, and science in the original; German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Marx, Einstein, Freud, Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.  

Italian is the closest Romance language to Latin and has many similarities with other Romance languages. It is reported that there are 68 million Italian speakers worldwide. Italian is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City. It is spoken in Croatia and Slovenia, Albania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, some Greek islands, Corsica, and some areas of North Africa. Italian is also spoken by large expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia.

Italian is studied by over 2 million students in the world. Famous for its melodic rounded vowels, it is the language of the Arts: opera, music terminology, and history of art cinema. Italy has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to more than half of the world’s most famous art treasures. Italian fashion and industrial design have contributed to create what is well-known as the “sweet lifestyle” - “la dolce vita”. Present in more than 60 countries, the Italian Dante Alighieri Society promotes Italian language and culture around the world. 

There are approximately 128 million native speakers of Japanese — which means more people learn Japanese as a first language than German or Italian! However, unlike these languages, Japanese is mainly spoken within the borders of one country. Moreover, it comprises its own language family unrelated to any other outside of the Japanese archipelago.

The impact of Japanese popular culture, arts, philosophy, and cuisine is felt worldwide. Japanese is the language of haiku and Haruki Murakami, shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and zen, anime and manga. Japan is home to 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Japanese cuisine (washoku) has recently been added to the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.  

A total of 580 million people speak Spanish in the world, 7.6% of the world’s population. Of these, 489 million are native Spanish speakers, making Spanish the world’s second-most spoken mother tongue by number of speakers. Native Spanish speakers can be found across 110 countries. Spanish is the third most used language on the internet, where it has great growth potential.

In 2021, EpData the public data website of Europa Press has identified Spanish as the most important language for British Citizens to learn. Spanish is a Romance language that evolved from Vulgar Latin.  It is the official language of 21 countries such as Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, etc.  Although it is not an official language, Spanish is also commonly spoken in the United States, Belize, Andorra and Gibraltar. Spanish is the language of Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist and contemporary of Shakespeare, as well as Oscar-winning director Pedro Almódovar.  

As part of our Discover Global Cultures and Languages initiative, we provide free Language Taster workshops for our five main languages as well as other languages which we currently do not teach. Some of the language tasters planned for 2021-2022 are Arabic, Basque, Farsi, and Scottish Gaelic.

Classes and fees

We offer stimulating language tuition in a variety of formats to suit a range of learners.

Our Language Cafés provide an opportunity to socialise with other language learners at any level. Language Cafés are available for our five main languages. Please check our website for location, dates, and times.

  • Level/s:  All
  • Mode of Study: Usually face-to-face (subject to Covid-restrictions)
  • Fees: Free of charge
  • How to apply: Please book on the LanguagED Eventbrite page

Our language and culture themed workshops provide students who are already proficient users, having achieved CEFR levels B2, C1 or C2, with the opportunity to practise, develop and maintain their language skills in an informal social setting. You may wish to improve your pronunciation, vocabulary, or grammar, whilst learning about history, culture, the arts, or current affairs.

The duration of the workshops will be 2 hours for five weeks. You can subscribe to one or more workshops at the same time.

  • Level/s: Proficient
  • Mode of Study: Online and face-to-face
  • Fees: The fee for 2021-2022 is £100 for each 5-week block
  • How to apply: Please book on the Leeds Beckett Online Store (available soon)

Our Language Taster workshops introduce students to a language, covering very basic vocabulary and grammar as well as associated cultural aspects, such as history and the arts. Typically, Language Tasters have a duration of between 1 and 2 hours. Teaching will be in English. They are suitable for any students who have an interest in languages and want to know more about how languages work or would like to ‘try out’ a language that they have always wanted to study.

Provisional Language Tasters for 2021-2022 are planned for our main languages French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, as well as languages we do not currently teach, e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Basque and Scottish Gaelic.

  • Level/s: Basic
  • Mode of Study: Online or face-to-face. Please check our website for details
  • Fees: Language tasters are usually free of charge. A small fee may apply where refreshments are provided to cover costs
  • How to Apply: Please book on the LanguagED Eventbrite page

Our 10-week structured language classes provide the opportunity to learn a language starting at absolute beginners’ level:

  1. Basic 1
  2. Basic 2
  3. Independent 1
  4. Independent 2

There are three blocks of 10-week classes (A, B C) to complete in each year. For languages with an alphabetic script, you can complete each level in one year. For languages with a non-Latin script, i.e., Japanese) each level is completed in two years and each level is split into two parts, e.g. Basic 1.1 and Basic 1.2. At the end of each level, you will get a Certificate of Completion, specifying what language you have learned and detailing the skills you have developed.

Our classes offer you the opportunity to learn the language of your choice in the company of people who share your interest and enthusiasm for that language.  Whether you are joining as a beginner or a seasoned language learner, from day one our classes provide you with the opportunity to practise the target language in a supportive environment. You will learn about aspects of its society and culture, such as arts, literature, the media, history, politics, and the economy.

  • Level/s: Basic 1, Basic 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2
  • Mode of Study: Online or face-to-face. Please check our website for details
  • Fees: The fee for 2021-2022 is £200 for each 10- week block
  • How to apply: Please book on the Leeds Beckett Online Store >(available soon)

Our Language Cafés provide an opportunity to socialise with other language learners at any level. Language Cafés are available for our five main languages. Please check our website for location, dates, and times.

  • Level/s:  All
  • Mode of Study: Usually face-to-face (subject to Covid-restrictions)
  • Fees: Free of charge
  • How to apply: Please book on the LanguagED Eventbrite page

Our language and culture themed workshops provide students who are already proficient users, having achieved CEFR levels B2, C1 or C2, with the opportunity to practise, develop and maintain their language skills in an informal social setting. You may wish to improve your pronunciation, vocabulary, or grammar, whilst learning about history, culture, the arts, or current affairs.

The duration of the workshops will be 2 hours for five weeks. You can subscribe to one or more workshops at the same time.

  • Level/s: Proficient
  • Mode of Study: Online and face-to-face
  • Fees: The fee for 2021-2022 is £100 for each 5-week block
  • How to apply: Please book on the Leeds Beckett Online Store (available soon)

Our Language Taster workshops introduce students to a language, covering very basic vocabulary and grammar as well as associated cultural aspects, such as history and the arts. Typically, Language Tasters have a duration of between 1 and 2 hours. Teaching will be in English. They are suitable for any students who have an interest in languages and want to know more about how languages work or would like to ‘try out’ a language that they have always wanted to study.

Provisional Language Tasters for 2021-2022 are planned for our main languages French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, as well as languages we do not currently teach, e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Basque and Scottish Gaelic.

  • Level/s: Basic
  • Mode of Study: Online or face-to-face. Please check our website for details
  • Fees: Language tasters are usually free of charge. A small fee may apply where refreshments are provided to cover costs
  • How to Apply: Please book on the LanguagED Eventbrite page

Our 10-week structured language classes provide the opportunity to learn a language starting at absolute beginners’ level:

  1. Basic 1
  2. Basic 2
  3. Independent 1
  4. Independent 2

There are three blocks of 10-week classes (A, B C) to complete in each year. For languages with an alphabetic script, you can complete each level in one year. For languages with a non-Latin script, i.e., Japanese) each level is completed in two years and each level is split into two parts, e.g. Basic 1.1 and Basic 1.2. At the end of each level, you will get a Certificate of Completion, specifying what language you have learned and detailing the skills you have developed.

Our classes offer you the opportunity to learn the language of your choice in the company of people who share your interest and enthusiasm for that language.  Whether you are joining as a beginner or a seasoned language learner, from day one our classes provide you with the opportunity to practise the target language in a supportive environment. You will learn about aspects of its society and culture, such as arts, literature, the media, history, politics, and the economy.

  • Level/s: Basic 1, Basic 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2
  • Mode of Study: Online or face-to-face. Please check our website for details
  • Fees: The fee for 2021-2022 is £200 for each 10- week block
  • How to apply: Please book on the Leeds Beckett Online Store >(available soon)

Which level is right for me?

Our Levels are based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages which is a commonly used classification system for language proficiency put in place by the Council of Europe.

The CEFR classifies language proficiency into three general levels (Basic, Independent, and Proficient) which are then subdivided giving a total of six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2). For each level, the expectations for teaching, learning and assessment are set out in the CEFR - Companion Volume (2020). Our levels replicate this system. In the description of levels below for each level the CEFR entry point and target level are given as well as a brief description of the aims and expectations.

This level is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of the target language (TL).  At this level, you will discover the rules that govern the sound system of your chosen target language. You will learn to interact with your peers and other interlocutors, in a simple way, by asking and answering simple questions about various personal matters, such as yourself, where you live, people you know, and things you have, like or dislike.

By the end of this Level, you will have developed the confidence to initiate a basic conversation and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics and be understood by a sympathetic TL interlocutor.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • Language Tasters
  • 10-week classes: Basic 1 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is aimed at students who are beginning to develop the confidence to use the TL to function in social situations, such as greeting people, using simple everyday polite forms of greeting and address, and asking how they are and react to news.

By the end of this level, you will have developed the skills and confidence to handle short social exchanges; ask and answer questions about what you do at work and in your free time; make and respond to invitations; discuss what to do, where to go and plan to meet; make and accept offers. You will also have acquired the language skills to make simple transactions in shops, post offices or banks; get simple information about travel; use public transport, ask for basic information, ask and give directions, and buy tickets.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • 10-week classes: Basic 2 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is suitable for students who have acquired the basic skills to maintain a basic conversation, i.e., they can express themselves successfully in a limited number of contexts and follow the main points of extended discussion around them, if speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect.

After you have completed this level, you will have developed the necessary confidence to sustain a conversation that is comprehensible, but you may still have to pause for grammatical and lexical planning and repair, especially in longer stretches of supported language production.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • 10-week classes: Independent 1 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is suitable for students who have acquired the skills to maintain a broadly unrehearsed interaction articulated in standard dialect. They can express what they want to say in a range of contexts and follow the main points of extended discussion around them.

After you have completed this level, you will have developed the necessary confidence to sustain a conversation. You may still have to pause occasionally for grammatical and lexical planning and repair, especially in longer stretches of free production. You will also have developed the linguistic ability to cope flexibly with everyday problems, such as making travel arrangements through an agent or when travelling.  You will have developed the confidence, fluency, and spontaneity to enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • 10-week classes: Independent 2 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is suitable for students who can have a regular interaction, with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, with native speakers that does not impose strain on either side of the interaction.

At the end of this course, you will be able to account for and sustain your opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments, and comments. For example, you will be able to explain a viewpoint on a topical issue by giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options; develop an argument by giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view; take an active part in informal discussion in familiar contexts, commenting, putting your point of view clearly, evaluating alternative proposals and making and responding to hypotheses.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • Language and culture workshops
  • Language Café

This level is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of the target language (TL).  At this level, you will discover the rules that govern the sound system of your chosen target language. You will learn to interact with your peers and other interlocutors, in a simple way, by asking and answering simple questions about various personal matters, such as yourself, where you live, people you know, and things you have, like or dislike.

By the end of this Level, you will have developed the confidence to initiate a basic conversation and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics and be understood by a sympathetic TL interlocutor.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • Language Tasters
  • 10-week classes: Basic 1 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is aimed at students who are beginning to develop the confidence to use the TL to function in social situations, such as greeting people, using simple everyday polite forms of greeting and address, and asking how they are and react to news.

By the end of this level, you will have developed the skills and confidence to handle short social exchanges; ask and answer questions about what you do at work and in your free time; make and respond to invitations; discuss what to do, where to go and plan to meet; make and accept offers. You will also have acquired the language skills to make simple transactions in shops, post offices or banks; get simple information about travel; use public transport, ask for basic information, ask and give directions, and buy tickets.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • 10-week classes: Basic 2 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is suitable for students who have acquired the basic skills to maintain a basic conversation, i.e., they can express themselves successfully in a limited number of contexts and follow the main points of extended discussion around them, if speech is clearly articulated in standard dialect.

After you have completed this level, you will have developed the necessary confidence to sustain a conversation that is comprehensible, but you may still have to pause for grammatical and lexical planning and repair, especially in longer stretches of supported language production.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • 10-week classes: Independent 1 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is suitable for students who have acquired the skills to maintain a broadly unrehearsed interaction articulated in standard dialect. They can express what they want to say in a range of contexts and follow the main points of extended discussion around them.

After you have completed this level, you will have developed the necessary confidence to sustain a conversation. You may still have to pause occasionally for grammatical and lexical planning and repair, especially in longer stretches of free production. You will also have developed the linguistic ability to cope flexibly with everyday problems, such as making travel arrangements through an agent or when travelling.  You will have developed the confidence, fluency, and spontaneity to enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • 10-week classes: Independent 2 all blocks
  • Language Café 

This level is suitable for students who can have a regular interaction, with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, with native speakers that does not impose strain on either side of the interaction.

At the end of this course, you will be able to account for and sustain your opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments, and comments. For example, you will be able to explain a viewpoint on a topical issue by giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options; develop an argument by giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view; take an active part in informal discussion in familiar contexts, commenting, putting your point of view clearly, evaluating alternative proposals and making and responding to hypotheses.

Suitable classes and workshops:

  • Language and culture workshops
  • Language Café
ready to take the next step?

how to apply

Download the 2021-2022 LanguagED calendar.

  • To sign up for one of our free Language Taster classes or a Language Café, please book on the LanguagED Eventbrite page
  • To sign up for one of our other classes, please book and pay on the Leeds Beckett Online Store (available soon)

Important information about our course provision

Terms and conditions apply. You can find a copy of our terms and conditions on our online store. Please note the following additional provisions which apply to all LanguagED courses.

You will need an internet connection to participate in online classes. For the full experience, we also strongly recommend using a PC or laptop with a headset for our online classes. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the internet connection, IT equipment and software is in working order. We do not accept any liability for damage to personal IT equipment.

Students are expected to comply with all social distancing and safety measures that are in force at the university at any time during the duration of a course. In the event of the introduction of restrictions that prohibit face-to-face teaching or make face-to-face teaching unviable, all our languages classes and workshop will continue to be delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

Please note that we reserve the right to cancel classes. Should we have to cancel a class, we will offer you an alternative start date (where possible) or provide a full refund. Classes are normally confirmed at least one week before their start date. Confirmation of classes are emailed to the email address which you have provided at the time of purchase.

If you change your mind, you have the right to cancel the online transaction within a specified time limit as specified by the distance selling regulations. Should you wish to cancel the booking of a course, you must notify us immediately by emailing ptlanguages@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Your refund is calculated based on the date of your cancellation email.

  • You will receive a full refund, if you cancel your place within seven (7) working days from the day of receipt of written confirmation.
  • No refund is made for cancellations received more than seven (7) working days from the day of receipt of written confirmation and you are liable for the full course fee.

Refunds, if applicable, will only be made to the debit/credit card used for the original transaction. 

You will need an internet connection to participate in online classes. For the full experience, we also strongly recommend using a PC or laptop with a headset for our online classes. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the internet connection, IT equipment and software is in working order. We do not accept any liability for damage to personal IT equipment.

Students are expected to comply with all social distancing and safety measures that are in force at the university at any time during the duration of a course. In the event of the introduction of restrictions that prohibit face-to-face teaching or make face-to-face teaching unviable, all our languages classes and workshop will continue to be delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

Please note that we reserve the right to cancel classes. Should we have to cancel a class, we will offer you an alternative start date (where possible) or provide a full refund. Classes are normally confirmed at least one week before their start date. Confirmation of classes are emailed to the email address which you have provided at the time of purchase.

If you change your mind, you have the right to cancel the online transaction within a specified time limit as specified by the distance selling regulations. Should you wish to cancel the booking of a course, you must notify us immediately by emailing ptlanguages@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Your refund is calculated based on the date of your cancellation email.

  • You will receive a full refund, if you cancel your place within seven (7) working days from the day of receipt of written confirmation.
  • No refund is made for cancellations received more than seven (7) working days from the day of receipt of written confirmation and you are liable for the full course fee.

Refunds, if applicable, will only be made to the debit/credit card used for the original transaction. 

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