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Doctoral Training Programme

King's Language Centre (LC) at King’s College London is the largest language centre in the UK, teaching 9,000 students a year.  The LC, as part of its collaboration with LAHPCHASE, and SWW has developed language modules specifically tailored to cater for research students. Courses are designed to meet the needs of students based on their PhD studies, and students are invited to bring in class materials linked to their research or special interests.

The majority of the course will be conducted in the language of study. Our teachers use a communicative approach in class and will address the four communicative skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening). Courses will be delivered online and our virtual classroom will allow for real time online interaction through audio/video, and text chat between teachers and fellow students. Our experienced and qualified native speaker teachers will use group work, online exercises, and will integrate a variety of activities to deliver their classes. 

There are no final examinations but continuous formative assessment and an optional online formative assessment is also available at the end of Term 2.

Doctoral candidates who are part of other DTPs and would like to know more about these courses should contact mlcpartners@kcl.ac.uk

For information about other training oportunities at King's, please click here.

Course structure

Reading, writing, listening & speaking

Discipline specific vocabulary & academic texts

Improve academic presentation skills

Cultural workshops

Languages available in 2022-23:

Please note that classes are subject to demand and are not all guaranteed to run.

  • Arabic (Beginners, Beginners Plus, Intermediate, and Advanced)
  • French (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)
  • German (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)
  • Italian (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)
  • Japanese (Beginners and Beginners Plus)
  • Mandarin (Beginners, Beginners Plus, and Intermediate)
  • Russian (Beginners and Advanced)
  • Spanish (Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced)

2022-23 Open Day

We are holding a virtual open day on Wednesday 13 July 2022, from 11.00–12.30. The open day will feature a brief presentation, beginners taster classes and, for non-beginners, level assessments. If you wish to attend, please click here to register your interest by 4pm on Friday 8 July 2022.

2022-23 Registration

Registration is now open. Please click here to apply for our 2022-23 classes. Please note that registration will close on Friday 16 September.  

2022-23 Timetable

Click on the link below to view all classes on offer for 2022-23. 

Download the timetable 

Module descriptions

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A1 (Basic User/ Breakthrough) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 (Basic User/ Waystage) and B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 1 x 4-hour language class per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

This module is equivalent to B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) and B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership. Credit value: 0 credits Duration: 3 Terms (full year) Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks) Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture. Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions. Assessment: None CEFR level: This course is between B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) and C1 (Proficient User/ Effective Operational Proficiency) level of the Common European Framework for languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User/ Waystage level of the Common European Framework.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is between B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) and B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) level of the Common European Framework for languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This course is between B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) and C1 (Proficient User/ Effective Operational Proficiency) level of the Common European Framework for languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 1 x 4-hour language class per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User/ Waystage level of the Common European Framework.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is between B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) and B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) level of the Common European Framework for languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This course is equivalent to B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) and C1 (Proficient User/ Effective Operational Proficiency) level of the Common European Framework for Languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User/ Waystage level of the Common European Framework.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is equivalent to B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) and B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This course is equivalent to B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) and C1 (Proficient User/ Effective Operational Proficiency) level of the Common European Framework for Languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A1 (Basic User, Breakthrough) level of the Common European Framework for languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 (Basic User/ Waystage) and B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A1 (Basic User, Breakthrough) level of the Common European Framework for languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 (Basic User/ Waystage) and B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is equivalent to B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) and B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A1 Basic User/ Breakthrough level of the Common European Framework.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This course is between B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) and C1 (Proficient User/ Effective Operational Proficiency) level of the Common European Framework for languages.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User/ Waystage level of the Common European Framework.

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This module is equivalent to B1 (Independent User/ Threshold) and B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Open to: LAHP and LAHP affiliated Postgraduate Research Students, CHASE Postgraduate Research Students and SWW Postgraduate Research Students, subject to approval by relevant Doctoral Training Partnership.

Credit value: 0 credits

Duration: 3 Terms (full year)

Teaching pattern: 2 x 2-hour language classes per week for 3 Terms (25 weeks)

Attendance policy: a 75% attendance requirement is in place in order to successfully complete the module. Taught classes are not available via lecture capture.

Self-study: Students should expect to study for 4-8 hours per week in addition to the taught sessions.

Assessment: None

CEFR level: This course is between B2 (Independent User/ Vantage) and C1 (Proficient User/ Effective Operational Proficiency) level of the Common European Framework for languages.

 

Course duration and dates

The course has 100 hours total teaching time, 4 hours per week for 25 weeks (Autumn, Spring and Summer term).

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Start: 3 October 2022

 Start: 16 January 2023

 Start: 2 May 2023

End: 16 December 2022

 End: 31 March 2023

 End: 2 June 2023*

*Bank holiday dates in term 3 mean that Monday classes will continue until 12 June 2023.

 

Resources available for you

The Language Resource Centre (LRC) offers free speaking practice for students with a native speaker to improve conversational skills. Our speakers are volunteers and come from the richly diverse King's community.

The LRC also offers a wide variety of resources, workshops and events as well as multilingual learning advisors who are always on hand to help you make the most of the facilities.

Language Resources Centre