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Languages for All

Languages for All

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela

Languages for All is a programme of language courses run by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, offering a range of optional (extracurricular) courses in Modern Foreign Languages. The courses are open to everyone – Royal Holloway students and staff, plus the wider community. Please see 'What courses are on offer?' below for more information including dates and fees.

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin

Bookings are now open for one term courses starting in May 2021 (Beginners & and Intermediate only) in specific subjects.

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It is increasingly acknowledged that knowledge of a foreign language is an extremely valuable transferable skill, recognised by the government and by businesses as strategically important. If you have language skills you can enhance your employability and broaden your outlook – and if you travel they are incredibly useful. You can’t always assume English will be enough!

If you already know a language, you might want to take it further – or learn another. Each language you learn will make the next one easier! It’s not hard to get to grips with the basics, and if you enjoy it you’ll be inspired to put in the work required to take it to the next level.

Learning a language is incredibly worthwhile. But don't just take our word for it, see what the British Academy has to say.

Bookings for one term courses (taking place in Term 3) are now open.  One term courses are only available for Beginners I and Intermediate level courses in specific subjects.  




Term 3 courses will run for 6 weeks between the week commencing 3rd May 2021 until the week ending 11th June 2021.

Tuition will be delivered by experienced language teachers with close supervision and support from academic staff in Royal Holloway's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Beginners I classes are for those starting from scratch and those with very limited experience. The class will take learners to A1 ‘breakthrough’ level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Beginners II classes are appropriate for students who have completed one year of beginners' or with some limited experience in a language (approximately level A1.1 in the Common European Framework). The class will take learners from A1.1 to A1.2 level.

Intermediate classes (I and II) are suited to those with some background in learning the language – for example, you may have completed one or two years at school level and are approximately at A2 level. The class will take learners from A2.1 to A2.2 competence in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Self-assessment of your language level

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability.

To assess your level on the CEFR and book the course most suited to your skills, please refer to the European language levels - Self Assessment Grid.

If you satisfactorily complete a course you'll receive a certificate of Attendance/completion. We are not currently planning to prepare you for a formal qualification.

Summer Term Courses

Summer Term classes are taking place between the week commencing 3rd May 2021 until the week ending 11th June 2021. 

The classes will take place on the following days and times:

French Beginners I - Mondays - 6PM-8PM

French Intermediate - Tuesdays - 6PM-8PM

German Beginners I - Wednesdays - 6PM-8PM

Mandarin Beginners - Wednesdays - 4PM-6PM

To make classes as easily accessible as possible for everyone, they will run outside the typical working day and / or the most commonly used teaching hours at Royal Holloway. The teaching will be delivered online at present.

If you have any questions about the delivery of this course, please contact

Term 3 Prices

Members of the public: £90

Royal Holloway alumni & staff (discounted fee): £80

Royal Holloway students (discounted fee): £75


Payment should be made on enrolment before the start of courses. Please be aware that refunds cannot be given if you withdraw from a course.  See our terms and conditions for more information.

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