Independent language learning

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

The Language Zone has temporarily moved into Michael Sadler Building, room 2.29. We will be open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and are planning to move back into our space in the Parkinson Building in December. More information is available on Minerva.

The Language Zone gives you access to free resources to help you learn a language. It is open to all students at Leeds and provides learning material in more than 50 languages. We're located on the second floor of the Parkinson Building. Just bring along your student ID to borrow items. 

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 meet regularly to practise the language they are learning. In the next semester we are planning to run language groups for:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

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

This is 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.

Become a leader of a Language Group 

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 useful for teaching and group facilitation, whilst making a positive impact on others.

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

Leaders need to commit to attending two training sessions and can choose to work as an individual or with a co-leader to create and facilitate five one-hour language group sessions during the semester.

You will need to read the information pack and fill out the application form to lead a group by 9pm on Sunday 26 January.

Please note that we are taking no more applications for Chinese language group leaders at the moment, as we have no spaces left. 

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, you can contact the Language Zone by email languagezone@leeds.ac.uk.

    Join a Language Group 

    Applications for Language Group participants will open in early 2020.

    The language groups are available to students whose language levels is GCSE/CEFR B1 or higher. For a useful explanation of these levels, please visit http://gostudylink.net/en/support/levels. Please ensure that you have an appropriate language level to participate in the group. You will need to be able to:

    • understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
    • deal with most spoken situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
    • produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
    • describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

    If you have any questions about this opportunity or would like to discuss which language opportunity is most suitable for your current language level, please visit the Language Zone or email languagezone@leeds.ac.uk.


    Opening times

    Term time

    Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm

    Friday 9am - 5pm

    Saturday 11am - 5pm

    Out of term time

    Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm