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: languagezone@leeds.ac.uk

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 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. 

Applications are closed for this term, but next term we are planning to run language groups for:

  • Arabic

  • English

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin Chinese

  • Spanish

Applications will open in January, on this page. Please check our MInerva announcements or the Microsoft Team for the announcement.

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 time

Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm

Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday 11am - 5pm

Out of term time

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm