Independent language learning

You can access free learning material and advice for independent language study at the Language Zone.

The Language Zone gives you access to free resources to help you learn a language. It is open to all students and staff at Leeds and provides learning material in more than 50 languages. We're located on the second floor of the Parkinson Building. You can find information about our opening times, as well as links to online activities and materials, on our Minerva pages. You can also contact us by email:

We have a computer cluster for personal study, and books, magazines, audio and video resources to help you learn a language. Check what you can access on the library's online catalogue.

Workshops and activities

We have a range of workshops, language groups and advice drop-ins to help you study. You can find details of our events, such as Conversation Club, on our Minerva pages.

If you require one-to-one language support, you can book an appointment through Skills@Library. You can find more details on how to book an appointment on their web pages.

Language Exchange

The Language Exchange allows language learners to get in touch with native speakers, offering conversation and practice in their own language in exchange for practice in their target language. Find out more about the Language Exchange.

Language Groups Programme

Language Groups – Currently held online

Due to COVID-19, we are running our popular Language Groups Programme completely online this semester. Come and practise your speaking skills together with other students, from the comfort of your own home. 

Language Groups are weekly conversation groups, led by student volunteers who are native speakers of the language. They facilitate friendly relaxed sessions on topics such as student life and cross-cultural experience. 

They are a great way to meet new people who share your passion for learning languages, and a chance to learn things about a language and culture you might not find in textbooks and formal language classes. 

We are currently aiming to run language groups for: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese & Spanish.

Applications to join Semester 2 Language Groups will open on this page at 9am Monday 24 January.

Apply to Join a Language Group

Language Groups offer informal conversation practice, and are available to students whose language level is Lower Intermediate/CEFR B1 or higher. For a useful explanation of these levels, please visit

Please ensure you have an appropriate level to participate in the group.

Application form: Practise Arabic

Application form: Practise Chinese

Application form: Practise English

Application form: Practise French

Application form: Practise Italian

Application form: Practise Japanese

Application form: Practise Spanish

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer German groups this semester.

Places in the groups are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis wherever possible, so please apply early! Applications will close after Wednesday 9th February 2022.

Becoming a Language Group Leader

As a volunteer Language Group Leader, you will receive training and support to help other students develop their skills in your language. This is a chance to use and develop your interpersonal skills and creativity, and to gain cultural awareness and experience useful for teaching and group facilitation, whilst making a positive impact on others.

If you lead a Language Group for two or more semesters, it wiull be added to your Higher Education Achievement Record, which accompanies your degree certificate if you successfully complete the programme.

Leaders need to attend an online training session, and can choose to work as an individual or with a co-leader to create and deliver 5 one-hour Language Group sessions during the semester.

To apply to become a Language Group Leader, please read the application pack and fill out the application form before 9pm on Sunday 23 January 2022.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, you can contact the Language Zone by email:

To practise conversation in other languages, you can also contact people through the Language Exchange, or through the Language Zone Microsoft Teams (find out more).

Opening times

Term 2, 2021/22

Monday - Wednesday 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Thursday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm