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 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. 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. There is also a programme of social and cultural activvities run by the University and Leeds University Union. Read more about events taking place in summer 2021.

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 2020/21!

Due to COVID-19, we are running our popular Language Groups Programme completely online this year! 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. 

In the Spring term we are running language groups for: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese & Spanish. You need to be at least lower intermediate/B1 level to apply.

Language Group applications have now closed for Semester 2 They will reopen in Semester 1 (September 2021).

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

Summer 2021

Monday - Friday 12.30am - 4.30pm