Independent language learning


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

We are open online for business, even though our physical space is closed until further notice. You can find more information, and links to online materials, on our Minerva pages. You can also contact us by email:

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 – Online in 2020!

Due to COVID-19, we will be running our popular Language Groups Programme completely online for the first time this autumn! 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. 

This semester we are planning to run language groups for:

  • English

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin Chinese

  • Spanish

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

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. 

How to apply: 

  1. Download and read the Application Pack here

  1. Fill in the online application form here

Deadline for leader applications:  9pm on Friday 16 October 2020

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

Join a Language Group 

Applications for Language Group participants will open on this page at: 9.00am, Thursday 8th October 2020. 

Language Groups offer informal conversation practice on topics such as student life and cross-cultural experience. The sessions are available to students whose language levels is GCSE/CEFR B1 or higher. For a useful explanation of these levels, please visit

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




Opening times

Term time

Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm

Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday 11am - 5pm

Out of term time

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm