Learn a Foreign Language

Learn French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin) or Spanish on an evening course at the UAL Language Centre. Based in London, each class is taught in an arts and culture context.

During the course, you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and where relevant, on written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion and society.

Please note that bookings on our 2017 summer intensive French course are now closed. If you're interested in taking up a new language, look out for our new autumn course dates and sign up to find out more.


  • Weeknight courses offered in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish
  • 8 week courses
  • Classes take place at the Language Centre in 272 High Holborn
  • Experienced tutors
  • Class times are 6pm to 8:30pm (unless otherwise stated)
  • Maximum 15 students per class

Your language level

All languages are taught at beginner level, with some languages running a pre-intermediate and intermediate level class.

If you are not sure of your level please read the descriptions below based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


  • Can understand simple greetings and some individual words but cannot understand the basic topic of a conversation.  
  • Can only produce simple greetings and a few international words.
  • In reading they may understand simple signs and in writing be able to write disconnected words with spelling errors.  (CEFR = A1)


  • Can recognise and use familiar words and phrases concerning themselves, their family, and their immediate surroundings, and can ask and answer simple questions on these topics.
  • Can understand common names, words and simple sentences when reading and listening.
  • Can compose short pieces of writing based on biographical information of themselves or others. (CEFR = A1.2)


  • Can understand general conversation involving fluent speakers, provided that some allowances are made, or occasional help given.  
  • Can produce well enough to make relevant contributions and to get satisfactory information from other speakers by questioning as necessary.  
  • Is functionally competent for all everyday negotiations except when there are completely unpredictable problems.  
  • In reading can understand the general idea of authentic texts and can write effective communications of information or opinion, but with a number of errors, or problems because of inability to handle some of the more complex structures.  (CEFR = B1)

If you are still unsure about your language level please contact us for more information.

Tutor profiles

Francesco D’AmicoItalianFrancesco is an Italian teacher with a degree in Interpreting and Translation. He has taught languages (English, Spanish and Italian) for many years and became a CLTA- qualified Italian teacher in 2012 at International House London. Since then Francesco has been teaching all levels of Italian at different schools as well as at a wide range of companies in addition to providing private tuition and exam preparation services.
Giacomo Fabbrini Italian

Giacomo is a qualified Italian language teacher. Since 2013, he has been teaching at UAL, International House, Lingua Diversa, Minerva amongst other language schools. He also does private tuition and taught Italian language and culture, with specific attention to music, to Skin (lead singer of Skunk Anansie) for her role as a judge on the Italian X Factor. He has also been an acting teacher, and a soft skills trainer for business managers.

Xiaolan BiMandarin

Xiaolan has a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese from SOAS, and a Master’s degree in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins. Since 2006, she has taught Mandarin to adults at all levels at several London universities and in leading law firms and banks.

Eric MalbranFrench/SpanishEric has a background in audio-visual communication and 14 years’ experience in the industry, working in Chile, Spain and the UK. He brings this experience of multilingual and international communication to the classroom and has a teacher training certificate from International House.
Patricia MoraboFrenchPatricia is a native French teacher with a master’s degree in Education from the Institute of Education, London. She completed her PGCE course in post-compulsory education at Greenwich University in 2001. Patricia is qualified to teach 16-19 years old students as well as adult learners. She is also teaching French at the London School of Economics.
Florence LibertFrenchFlorence is a native French teacher with extensive experience in teaching learners from diverse backgrounds at various universities around the world including Oxford University, the University of Texas, Austin and the Sorbonne. She also teaches in community colleges, provides support to students with disabilities, teacher training, exam preparation and private tuition. The courses she delivers include language, linguistics, translation, interpreting, writing and literature. Florence is also involved in counselling as well as volunteering in literacy and human rights projects.
Sara VaghefianFrenchSara Vaghefian studied French and Arabic at UCL, and went on to do her Master's in French Literature. She has been a language teacher for seven years, teaching Arabic, English, French and Spanish. She has taught at UAL, SOAS University of London, and in various language academies abroad. She is particularly interested in literature, translation and pronunciation.
Lijana MaksvytyteGermanLijana has a CLTA (German Certificate in Language Teaching) and she has been teaching German language at International House London since 2010. She has also taught students at City Lit, London Business School and at various companies (including Eversheds and Clifford Chance). She has experience teaching groups and one to one students. Lijana joined UAL in 2011 and has been teaching groups since then.
Hisano LuttmanJapaneseHisano obtained her teaching qualification at SOAS in 1997. Since then she has taught all the different levels of Japanese at various language schools, universities and colleges. She was the Japanese language coordinator at London Metropolitan University for 10 years. She has taught a wide range of professional clientele including HM Treasury, Google UK, Economist, American Express, Ernest Young etc. Recently she started teaching Japanese traditional calligraphy as well.
Raul GuerreroSpanishRaul has been teaching Spanish at UAL since 2012. As a trained and practising artist, he enjoys being able to share and exchange knowledge about different art mediums and art history with the students, whilst teaching Spanish. He is committed to education and is currently working on a further qualification; a Diploma in Education and Training.
Virtu Tomas Rodriguez Spanish

Virtu is a native Spanish speaker with a QTS. Since completing her CELTA in 2002, she has been teaching Spanish at various colleges and universities around London as well as at a wide range of companies such as the BBC, Google, The Economist, Barclays, Abercrombie & Fitch and Amnesty International. In addition to private tuition and exam preparation she is also an experienced languages coordinator and a teacher trainer.


“The course is very well designed for beginners and the teacher is very nice and helpful”

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