+44 (0) 20 7821 0999 email@example.com Language Training Courses UK & Worldwide Benefit from our extensive, international network of over 3,000 language trainers. A Nationwide Network of Language Teachers Below is a list of some of our most popular locations across the UK. However, we also connect learners and trainers in every corner of the globe. To find out if we have an available teacher in your area: Call us on 020 7821 0999 or Complete our Short Enquiry Form Bath Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. It is located 21km (13 miles) south-east of Bristol, and 156km (97 miles) west from the UK’s capital in London. It has a population of 83,922. Its written history dates back to AD43 when the Romans established baths and a temple at the site called Aquae Sulis (“the waters of Sulis”). They did so because of the only natural occurring hot springs in the UK are here in the valley of the River Avon. It is believed that Bath was known well before then as well, although only through the oral tradition. In 1590 Queen Elizabeth I gave it city status. In 1889 it was given administrative independence from Somerset as a county borough. Then in 1974, the county Avon was created and Bath became a part of that. Avon was then abolished in 1996, which then left the principal centre of the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) in Bath. The museum at the site of its original Roman Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple; the facility’s Pump Room serves a popular afternoon tea. Today’s visitors can soak in the waters at the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Bath: French Language Courses in Bath English Language Courses in Bath We offer a full range of language courses in Bath. Click here to enquire with us now. Basildon Basildon is a town located in the Basildon District of the county of Essex, England. It lies 25.6 miles (41 km) east of central London and 11 miles (18 km) south of the county town of Chelmsford. Nearby towns include Billericay to the north, Wickford northeast, and South Benfleet to the east. It was designated as a new town after World War II in 1948 to accommodate the London population overspill, created from the conglomeration of four small villages, namely Pitsea, Laindon, Basildon and Vange (the new town took the name Basildon as it was the most central of the four villages). The local government district of Basildon, formed in 1974, encapsulates a larger area than the town itself; the two neighbouring towns of Billericay and Wickford, as well as rural villages and smaller settlements set among the surrounding countryside, fall within its borders. We offer a full range of language courses in Basildon. Click here to enquire with us now. Birmingham Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands county of England. It is the most populous British city outside London, with a population of 1,028,700 (2009 estimate), and lies at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation, the United Kingdom’s second most populous urban area with a population of 2,284,093 (2001 census). Birmingham’s metropolitan area, which includes surrounding towns to which it is closely tied through commuting, is also the United Kingdom’s second most populous with a population of 3,683,000. Birmingham was a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution in England, a fact which led to it being known as “the workshop of the world” or the “city of a thousand trades”. Although Birmingham’s industrial importance has declined, it has developed into a national commercial centre, being named in 2010 as the third-best place in the United Kingdom to locate a business. Birmingham is a national hub for conferences, retail and events along with an established high tech, research and development sector, supported by its three Universities. It is also the fourth-most visited city by foreign visitors in the UK, has the second-largest city economy in the UK. Birmingham is ranked as a gamma-world city by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network. In 2010, Birmingham was ranked as the 55th-most liveable city in the world, according to the Mercer Index of worldwide standards of living. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Birmingham: Spanish Language Courses in Birmingham German Language Courses in Birmingham French Language Courses in Birmingham English Language Courses in Birmingham We offer a full range of language courses in Birmingham. Click here to enquire with us now. Bournemouth Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the county of Dorset, England. According to the 2001 Census the town has a population of 164,900, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. It is also the largest settlement between Southampton and Plymouth. With Poole and Christchurch Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a total population of approximately 400,000. Founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, Bournemouth’s growth accelerated with the arrival of the railway, becoming a recognised town in 1870. Originally part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of local government in 1974. Since 1997 the town has been administered by a unitary authority, meaning that it has autonomy from Dorset County Council. The local authority is Bournemouth Borough Council. Bournemouth’s location on the south coast of England has made it a popular destination for tourists. The town is a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre and financial companies that include Liverpool Victoria and PruHealth. In a 2007 survey by First Direct Bank, Bournemouth was found to be the happiest place in Britain with 82% of people questioned saying they were happy with their life. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Bournemouth: German Language Courses in Bournemouth We offer a full range of language courses in Bournemouth. Click here to enquire with us now. Brighton Located on the south coast of the UK in East Sussex, Brighton forms the major city of an area called Brighton and Hove that is composed of several surrounding towns and villages. Brighton and Hove is not considered a part of East Sussex in terms of official administration, but ceremonially retains its position within the history County of Sussex. The railway of 1841 was the game game changer for Brighton, making it a popular day trip destination for Londoners as it was a seaside health resort city. However, before that there was an ancient settlement there dating from before Domesday Book (1086). In 1961 its population had grown to 160,000, and today the population of what is considered Brighton is around 480,000. It is also known as the gay capital of the UK and even some would say Europe, attracting over eight million tourists a year – though not just for the LGBT events. It is also an idyllic seaside town and plays host to many conferences including annual gatherings of the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats and Trade Unions. It also has a medical school in addition to two Universities. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Brighton: French Language Courses in Brighton English Language Courses in Brighton We offer a full range of language courses in Brighton. Click here to enquire with us now. Bristol Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, with an estimated population of 433,100 for the unitary authority in 2009, and a surrounding Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) with an estimated 1,006,600 residents. It is England’s sixth, and the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, one of the group of English Core Cities and the most populous city in South West England. Bristol received a Royal Charter in 1155 and was granted County status in 1373. From the 13th century, for half a millennium, it ranked amongst the top three English cities after London, alongside York and Norwich, on the basis of tax receipts, until the rapid rise of Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester during the Industrial Revolution in the latter part of the 18th century. It borders the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire, and is also located near the historic cities of Bath to the south east and Gloucester to the north. The city is built around the River Avon, and it also has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel. Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region. Its prosperity has been linked with the sea since its earliest days. The commercial Port of Bristol was originally in the city centre before being moved to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth; Royal Portbury Dock is on the western edge of the city boundary. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Bristol: Swedish Language Courses in Bristol Spanish Language Courses in Bristol German Language Courses in Bristol French Language Courses in Bristol English Language Courses in Bristol We offer a full range of language courses in Bristol. Click here to enquire with us now. Cardiff Cardiff is the capital, largest city and most populous county of Wales. The city is Wales’ chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. According to recent estimates, the population of the unitary authority area is 324,800, while the wider metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million, more than a third of the total Welsh population. Cardiff is a significant tourism centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 14.6 million visitors in 2009. The city of Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan (and later South Glamorgan). Cardiff is part of the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. The Cardiff Urban Area covers a slightly larger area outside of the county boundary, and includes the towns of Dinas Powys, Penarth and Radyr. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a major port for the transport of coal following the arrival of industry in the region contributed to its rise as a major city. Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955. Since the 1990s Cardiff has seen significant development with a new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay which contains the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex. We offer a full range of language courses in Cardiff. Click here to enquire with us now. Chester Chester is a city in Cheshire, England. Lying on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales, it is home to 77,040 inhabitants, and is the largest and most populous settlement of the wider unitary authority area of Cheshire West and Chester, which had a population of 328,100 according to the 2001 Census. Chester was granted city status in 1541. Chester was founded as a “castrum” or Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the year 79 by the Roman Legio II Adiutrix during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Chester’s four main roads, Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridge, follow routes laid out at this time – almost 2,000 years ago. One of the three main Roman army bases, Deva later became a major settlement in the Roman province of Britannia. After the Romans left in the 5th century, the Saxons fortified the town against the Danes and gave Chester its name. The patron saint of Chester, Werburgh, is buried in Chester Cathedral. Chester was one of the last towns in England to fall to the Normans in the Norman conquest of England. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. In 1071 he created Hugh d’Avranches, the 1st Earl of Chester. Chester has a number of medieval buildings, but some of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are actually Victorian restorations. We offer a full range of language courses in Chester. Click here to enquire with us now. Corby Corby is a borough of Northamptonshire, and an industrial town located 13 km north of Kettering in the East Midlands of England. The borough had a population of 53,174 at the 2001 Census; the town on its own accounted for 49,222 of this figure. Corby is in a triangle formed by Leicester, Peterborough and Northampton. The Borough of Corby borders onto the Borough of Kettering, the District of East Northamptonshire and the District of Harborough. We offer a full range of language courses in Corby. Click here to enquire with us now. Coventry Coventry is a city and metropolitan borough in the county of West Midlands in England. Coventry is the 9th largest city in England and the 11th largest in the United Kingdom. It is also the second largest city in the English Midlands, after Birmingham, with a population of 300,848, although both Leicester and Nottingham have larger urban areas. The population of Coventry has risen to 309,800 as of 2008. Coventry is situated 95 miles (153 km) northwest of London and 19 miles (30 km) east of Birmingham, and is further from the coast than any other city in Britain. Although harbouring a population of almost a third of a million inhabitants, Coventry is not amongst the English Core Cities Group due to its proximity to Birmingham. Coventry became an early ‘twin city’ when it formed a twinning relationship with the Russian city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) during World War II. The relationship developed through ordinary people in Coventry who wanted to show their support for the Soviet Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad. The city is now twinned with Dresden and with 27 other cities around the world. Coventry Cathedral is one of the newer cathedrals in the world, having been built following the World War II bombing of the ancient cathedral by the Luftwaffe. Coventry motor companies have contributed significantly to the British motor industry, and it has two universities, the city centre-based Coventry University and the University of Warwick on the southern outskirts. We offer a full range of language courses in Coventry. Click here to enquire with us now. Edinburgh Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, the second largest city in Scotland and the seventh-most populous in the United Kingdom. The City of Edinburgh Council is one of Scotland’s 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a 30-square-mile (78 km2) rural area. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Owing to its spectacular, rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture, including numerous stone tenements, it is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city was one of the major centres of the Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh, earning it the nickname Athens of the North. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. There are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city. In May 2010, it had a total of 40 conservation areas covering 23% of the building stock and 23% of the population, the highest such ratios of any major city in the UK. In the 2009 mid year population estimates, Edinburgh had a total resident population of 477,660. Edinburgh is well-known for the annual Edinburgh Festival, a collection of official and independent festivals held annually over about four weeks from early August. We offer a full range of language courses in Edinburgh. Click here to enquire with us now. Glasgow Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country’s west central lowlands. A person from Glasgow is known as a Glaswegian or as locals say “weegie”. Glasgow grew from the medieval Bishopric of Glasgow and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, which subsequently became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. From the 18th century the city also grew as one of Britain’s main hubs of transatlantic trade with British North America and the British West Indies. With the Industrial Revolution, the city and surrounding region shifted to become one of the world’s pre-eminent centres of Heavy Engineering, most notably in the Shipbuilding and Marine engineering industry, which produced many innovative and famous vessels. Glasgow was known as the “Second City of the British Empire” for much of the Victorian era and Edwardian period. Today it is one of Europe’s top twenty financial centres and is home to many of Scotland’s leading businesses. Glasgow is also ranked as the 57th most liveable city in the world. We offer a full range of language courses in Glasgow. Click here to enquire with us now. Greater Manchester Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2.6 million. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. Greater Manchester spans 496 square miles (1,285 km2). It is landlocked and borders Cheshire (to the south-west and south), Derbyshire (to the south-east), West Yorkshire (to the north-east), Lancashire (to the north) and Merseyside (to the west). There is a mix of high density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural and rural locations in Greater Manchester, but overwhelmingly the land use is urban. It has a focused central business district, formed by Manchester city centre and the adjoining parts of Salford and Trafford, but Greater Manchester is also a polycentric county with ten metropolitan districts, each of which has at least one major town centre and outlying suburbs. The Greater Manchester Urban Area is the third most populous conurbation in the UK, and spans across most of the county’s territory. For the 12 years following 1974 the county had a two-tier system of local government; district councils shared power with the Greater Manchester County Council. We offer a full range of language courses in Greater Manchester. Click here to enquire with us now. Ipswich Ipswich is a non-metropolitan district and the county town of Suffolk, England. It is located on the estuary of the River Orwell. Nearby towns are Felixstowe in Suffolk and Harwich and Colchester in Essex. The town of Ipswich overspills the borough boundaries significantly, with only 85% of the town’s population living within the borough at the time of the 2001 Census, when it was the third-largest settlement in the United Kingdom’s East of England region, and the 38th largest urban area in England. The modern name is derived from the medieval name, ‘Gippeswick’ (also spelt ‘Gipewiz’, ‘Gepeswiz’, or ‘Gypeswiz’) is probably taken from the River Gipping which is the name of the non-tidal section of the River Orwell. As of 2007, the borough of Ipswich is estimated to have a population of approximately 128,000 inhabitants. Under the Roman empire, the area around Ipswich formed an important route inland to rural towns and settlements via the rivers Orwell and Gipping. A large Roman fort, part of the coast defences of Britain, stood at Walton near Felixstowe (13 miles, 21 km), and the largest villa in Suffolk (possibly an administrative complex) stood at Castle Hill (north-west Ipswich). We offer a full range of language courses in Ipswich. Click here to enquire with us now. Leeds Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 Leeds’ main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247, while the entire city had a population of 770,800 (2008 est.). Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area, which at the 2001 census had a population of 1.5 million, and the Leeds city region, an economic area with Leeds at its core, had a population of 2.9 million. Leeds is the UK’s largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London. Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds can trace its recorded history to fifth century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of “Loidis”, the origin of the name Leeds. The name has been applied to many administrative entities over the centuries. It changed from being the appellation of a small manorial borough, in the 13th century, through several incarnations, to being the name attached to the present metropolitan borough. In the 17th and 18th centuries Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of wool. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed into a major industrial centre; wool was still the dominant industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing and other industries were important. From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Leeds: Spanish Language Courses in Leeds German Language Courses in Leeds French Language Courses in Leeds English Language Courses in Leeds We offer a full range of language courses in Leeds. Click here to enquire with us now. Leicester Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands area of England. It is also the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. In 2006, the population of the Leicester unitary authority was estimated at 289,700, the largest in the East Midlands, whilst 441,213 people lived in the wider Leicester Urban Area. Eurostat’s Larger Urban Zone listed the population of the area at 772,400 people as of 2004. Leicester is the 10th most populous settlement in the United Kingdom using the 2001 census definitions and the urban area is the fifteenth largest conurbation in the UK, the second largest in the region behind the Nottingham Urban Area. Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain in Leicester from its early settlement as Ratae Corieltauvorum, a Roman military outpost in a region inhabited by the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe. Following the demise of Roman society the early medieval Ratae Corieltauvorum is shrouded in obscurity, but when the settlement was captured by the Danes it became one of five fortified towns important to the Danelaw. The name “Leicester” is thought to derive from the words castra of the “Ligore”, meaning a camp on the River Legro, an early name for the River Soar. Leicester appears in the Domesday Book as “Ledecestre”. Leicester continued to grow throughout the Early Modern period as a market town, although it was the Industrial Revolution that facilitated an unparalleled process of unplanned urbanisation in the area. We offer a full range of language courses in Leicester. Click here to enquire with us now. Liverpool Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880. Liverpool is the fourth largest city in the United Kingdom (third largest in England) and has a population of 435,500, and lies at the centre of the wider Liverpool Urban Area, which has a population of 816,216. Historically a part of Lancashire, the urbanisation and expansion of Liverpool were both largely brought about by the city’s status as a major port. By the 18th century, trade from the West Indies, Ireland and mainland Europe coupled with close links with the Atlantic Slave Trade furthered the economic expansion of Liverpool. By the early 19th century, 40% of the world’s trade passed through Liverpool’s docks, contributing to Liverpool’s rise as a major city. Inhabitants of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians but are also colloquially known as “Scousers”, in reference to the local dish known as “scouse”, a form of stew. The word “Scouse” has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect. Liverpool’s status as a port city has contributed to its diverse population, which, historically, were drawn from a wide range of peoples, cultures, and religions, particularly those from Ireland. The city is also home to the oldest Black African community in the country and the oldest Mandarin community in Europe. We offer a full range of language courses in Liverpool. Click here to enquire with us now. London Not only is London the capital of the United Kingdom and of England, it is also the largest urban zone in the European Union and the largest metropolitan areas in the UK. The history of this mammoth city goes back to the Roman era. They founded a city called Londinium and in the City of London – at the centre of modern London – you can see hte square-mile medieval boundaries remaining to this day. Modern London as we know it – which includes the metropolitan area around that central Ancient core governed by the elected Mayor of London and the London Assembly – has been known as such since at least the 19th century. Today, London is one of the largest financial centres in the world along with New York, and houses over 100 of the 500 biggest companies in Europe. It has the highest city GDP in Europe and is a forerunner in arts, commerce, entertainment, fashion, professional services, healthcare, media, research, education, tourism and transport. Its tourist industry in particular is significant, with the city’s five international airports bringing in the most number of visitors than any other city in the world. There is no city with a busier airspace, and no airpot busier in terms of international passengers than Heathrow Airport. The city has 43 universities, making it centre of knowledge as that is the greatest concentration of tertiary education institutions in Europe. It was also the first city to host the Summer Olympics three times. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in London: Spanish Language Courses in London Russian Language Courses in London Mandarin Language Courses in London Italian Language Courses in London German Language Courses in London French Language Courses in London English Language Courses in London Arabic Language Courses in London We offer a full range of language courses in London. Click here to enquire with us now. Manchester The population of the city of Manchester was estimated at 483,800 in 2009 – which makes it seventh in the most populated local authority districts in the country of England. The metropolitan county of Greater Manchester encompasses a much larger area – the largest of the UK’s metropolitan areas in fact – with an estimated population of about 2,600,100. Located in North-West England, Manchester’s history starts with a Roman fort called Mamucium, established in around CE 79 at a sandstone bluff locations between the rivers Medlock and Irwell. In more modern Manchester, the city has largely been a part of Lancashire, with some areas belonging to Cheshire. In the Middle Ages it was considered a manorial township, but quickly grew at the beginning of the 19th century when Industrial Revolution brought an rapid growth of the textile industry to the city. This made it the world’s first industrialised city. 2014 saw Manchester as a beta world city as ranked by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. This puts it behind only London in these rankings. The economy of the city is the second biggest in England and it has a booming tourist industry as it is only third to London and Edinburgh in terms of number of foreign visitors. Some of the modern city’s claims to fame include the first inter-city passenger railway station in the whole world and the city in which they first developed the stored-program computer, and split the first atom. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Manchester: Swedish Language Courses in Manchester Spanish Language Courses in Manchester Russian Language Courses in Manchester Mandarin Language Courses in Manchester Italian Language Courses in Manchester German Language Courses in Manchester French Language Courses in Manchester English Language Courses in Manchester Arabic Language Courses in Manchester We offer a full range of language courses in Manchester. Click here to enquire with us now. Milton Keynes Milton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire, in the south east of England, about 49 miles (79 km) north-west of London. It is also the administrative centre of the Borough of Milton Keynes. It was formally designated as a new town on 23 January 1967, with the design brief to become a ‘city’ in scale. Its 89 km2 (34 sq mi) area incorporated the existing towns of Bletchley, Wolverton and Stony Stratford along with another fifteen villages and farmland in between. It took its name from the existing village of Milton Keynes, a few miles east of the planned centre. At the 2001 census the population of the Milton Keynes urban area, including the adjacent Newport Pagnell, was 184,506, and that of the wider borough, which has been a unitary authority independent of Buckinghamshire County Council since 1997, was 207,063 (compared with a population of around 53,000 for the same area in 1961). The Borough’s population is currently estimated to be over 230,000. We offer a full range of language courses in Milton Keynes. Click here to enquire with us now. Newcastle Newcastle upon Tyne is a city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, the city developed in the area that was the location of the Roman settlement called Pons Aelius, though it owes its name to the castle built in 1080, by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade and it later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the river, was amongst the world’s largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. These industries have since experienced severe decline and closure, and the city today is largely a business and cultural centre, with a particular reputation for nightlife. Like most cities, Newcastle has a diverse cross section, from areas of poverty to areas of affluence. Among its main icons are Newcastle Brown Ale, a leading brand of beer, Newcastle United F.C., a Premier League team, and the Tyne Bridge. It has hosted the world’s most popular half marathon, the Great North Run, since it began in 1981. The city is the twentieth most populous urban area in England; the larger Tyneside conurbation, of which Newcastle forms part, is the sixth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom. Newcastle is a member of the English Core Cities Group and with Gateshead the Eurocities network of European cities. Here are some of our most popular Language Courses in Newcastle: French Language Courses in Newcastle English Language Courses in Newcastle We offer a full range of language courses in Newcastle. Click here to enquire with us now. Norwich Norwich is a city in England. It is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk. During the 11th century, Norwich was the second largest city in England, after London, and one of the most important places in the kingdom. The built up area of Norwich has a population of 259,100. This area extends beyond the city boundary, with extensive suburban areas on the western, northern and eastern sides, including Costessey, Hellesdon, Old Catton, Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew. The parliamentary seats cross over into adjacent local government districts. 135,800 (2008 est.) people live in the City of Norwich and the population of the Norwich Travel to Work Area (i.e. the area of Norwich in which most people both live and work) is 367,035 (the 1991 figure was 351,340). Norwich is the fourth most densely populated local government district within the East of England with 3,480 people per square kilometre (8,993 per square mile). We offer a full range of language courses in Norwich. Click here to enquire with us now. Nottingham Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire, and is one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group. Whilst the City of Nottingham has a historically tightly drawn boundary which accounts for its relatively small population of 288,700, the wider Nottingham Urban Area has a population of 667,000 and is the seventh-largest urban area in the United Kingdom, ranking between those of Liverpool and Sheffield. Eurostat’s Larger Urban Zone listed the areas population at 825,600 as of 2004. Nottingham is famed for its links with the Robin Hood legend and, during the Industrial Revolution, obtained worldwide recognition for its lace-making and bicycle industries. It was granted its city charter as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria in 1897 and has since been officially titled the City of Nottingham. In Anglo-Saxon times, around 600 AD the site formed part of the Kingdom of Mercia and was known in the Brythonic language as Tigguo Cobauc, meaning Place of Caves. In Welsh it is known poetically as Y Ty Ogofog, “The Cavey Dwelling”. When it fell under the rule of a Saxon chieftain named Snot it became known as “Snotingaham”; the homestead of Snot’s people (Inga = the people of; Ham = homestead). Snot brought together his people in an area now known as the Lace Market. We offer a full range of language courses in Nottingham. Click here to enquire with us now. Preston Preston is the administrative centre of Lancashire, England, located on the north bank of the River Ribble. It is an urban settlement and unparished area that, when combined with its surrounding suburban and rural hinterland, forms part of the City of Preston local government district of Lancashire, which obtained city status in 2002, becoming England’s 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The settlement, or unparished area, of Preston has a population of 114,300, and the whole City of Preston district has a population of 132,000. Preston and its surroundings have provided evidence of ancient Roman activity in the area, largely in the form of a Roman road which led to a camp at Walton-le-Dale. The Saxons established Preston; the name Preston is derived from Old English words meaning “Priest settlement” and in the Domesday Book appears as “Prestune”. During the Middle Ages, Preston formed a parish and township in the hundred of Amounderness and was granted a Guild Merchant charter in 1179, giving it the status of a market town. Textiles have been produced in Preston since the middle of the 13th century, when locally produced wool was woven in people’s houses. Flemish weavers who settled in the area during the 14th century helped to develop the industry. Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the spinning frame, was a weaver born in Preston. We offer a full range of language courses in Preston. Click here to enquire with us now. Reading Reading is a large town and unitary authority area in England, located at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway, some 40 miles (64 km) west of London. For ceremonial purposes it is in the Royal County of Berkshire and has served as the county town since 1867. Reading was an important national centre in the medieval period, as the site of an important monastery with strong royal connections. Today it remains a commercial centre, with links to information technology and insurance. Reading also hosts two universities, a large student population, and is home to one of England’s biggest music festivals. The settlement was founded at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet in the 8th century as Readingum. The name probably comes from the Readingas, an Anglo-Saxon tribe whose name means “Reada’s People” in Old English, or (less probably) the Celtic Rhydd-Inge, “Ford over the River”. The name of the settlement was derived from an earlier folk, or tribal, name. Anglo-Saxon names ending in -ingas originally referred not to a place but to a people, in this case specifically the descendants or followers of a man named Reada, literally “The Red One.” We offer a full range of language courses in Reading. Click here to enquire with us now. Sheffield Sheffield is the major city in the borough of South Yorkshire. The name originates from the river around which the city is built, the River Sheaf. Until it grew, it had always been a part of West Riding but when then Industrial Revolution came along, it developed into its own expansive city. Historically, it gained city status in 1893 when it received its municipal charter to become the City of Sheffield. Sheffield has been known for its steel production, which flourished in the 19th century during the Industrial Revolution, which attracted an almost tenfold increase in population size. It was the source of many innovations in the steel industry such as the crucible and the invention of stainless steel. In the 1970s and 1980s, the iron and steel industries started being taken over by international competition and the coal mining industry in the area simultaneously collapsed. Even so, it is one eight largest regional cities in England which define the “English Core Cities Group” and it has a population of about 534,500 (as taken in 2008). As the UK moved into the 21st century, Sheffield was one of the cities that got a massive revamp and has continued to grow, even with the decline of the traditional steel industries. The gross value added (GVA) since 1997 has gone up by 60%, and was recorded as £9.2 billion in 2007. The economy has grown consistently at around 5% each year, keeping Sheffield a large, modern and developing city. 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While the Roman colonia and fortress were located on high ground, by 400 the town itself was victim to periodic flooding from the rivers Ouse and Foss and lay abandoned. In the early 5th century the area was settled by Angles, who called the town Eoforwic. Reclamation of the flooded parts of the town were initiated in the 7th century under King Edwin. The city came to be the episcopal, and later, royal centre of the Kingdom of Northumbria. We offer a full range of language courses in York. Click here to enquire with us now. Online & Worldwide In the 21st century, language learning is certainly no longer bound to geography. No matter where you are in the world, we can either find you a teacher near you, or provide you with the a teacher who will teach you directly online. If you are anywhere in the world and would like to learn a new language, then click here to enquire about the teachers we have available for you. Multiple Training Options SIMON & SIMON arranges language courses for clients in numerous locations, and with a nationwide network of language teachers we are almost always able to fulfil our clients’ requests. The majority of our courses are company funded and take place at our clients’ offices, thereby removing the need for you to travel. However, if it would be more convenient, language lessons can also take place in the student’s or teacher’s home. For those in the London area, our training facility in Central London is also available.