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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. 

Classes can be taken in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin



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 are now open for two term courses (taking place over Terms 1 and 2) starting in October 2022.






The courses will run over both Term 1 and Term 2.  Classes will begin in week 3 - the week commencing October 3rd 2022.  They will run for 10 weeks during Term 1 including study week (week 7).  Classes will end in Term 1 in week 12 - the week commencing December 5th 2022

For Term 2 classes will recommence in week 17 - the week commencing January 9th 2023.  They will run for 10 weeks during Term 2 however classes will not take place during the study week (week 22).  Classes will end in Term 2 in week 27 - the week commencing March 20th 2023

There will be a total of 10 x 2 classes per term.  Therefore you will receive a total of 20 classes totalling 40 hours of language learning.

At present there will be no classes delivered during Term 3 however if there is demand for a course to continue during Term 3 it may be possible for the course to be extended subject to the availability of teaching staff.

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.

Term 1 and 2:

To see a provisional timetable please click the link

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

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

Term 1 and 2 courses:

Members of the public: £325

Royal Holloway alumni & staff (discounted fee): £300

Royal Holloway students (discounted fee): £275


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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