Whitehall Virtual Languages
Online group language courses for civil servants and all government employees 

Enrolment period for the Autumn Term of 2020 is now open. Book your place now! 

PLS is the Prime Provider of language training for the FCO, responsible for the delivery of training in over 50 languages. 

In response to high demand for flexible online training, we launched Whitehall Virtual Languages - interactive, self-funded group courses, open to civil servants from all government departments based in the UK and abroad. Join us, and study remotely from the comfort of your home in a programme focussed on improving your Speaking and Listening Skills. 

Enrolments for the Autumn term are now open and you can make your booking by clicking on the button below. If you have any questions not covered by our FAQs, please email: whitehall@langsols.com


How it works
These courses are ideal for government officials who liaise with European and International counterparts, who travel to Europe on business, or who simply have the desire to maintain and develop current language skills with an eye on future career progression.
The courses are fun, interactive and highly communicative, focusing on developing speaking and listening skills with the aim to develop ability to communicate in real-life situations.
Key features
  • All courses taught by our expert language trainers
  • Small groups – no more than 6 in a class
  • Study with motivated, like-minded colleagues from across government
  • Group classes – a low-cost alternative for self-funded courses
For maximum convenience and elimination of travel, all classes are delivered online, using enterprise-level Virtual Classroom technology.
Our virtual classrooms are equipped with all required functionality, such as interactive whiteboards, screen-sharing, virtual break out rooms, live chat, and resource sharing. 


Our fantastic team of FCO language trainers have vast experience in teaching government officials, and genuine understanding of civil servants' language requirements. 
How do I enrol?
You can see the course schedule and complete your enrolment on our website. Once booked, you will receive an automated payment confirmation and we will get in touch with you.

What equipment do I need?
You can access Zoom from any device which permits you to download the app but for better experience we recommend the use of a computer and headphones with microphone. You will also need uninterrupted access to the internet. Detailed instructions on how to download and access Zoom will be provided along with any technical support you may need prior to as well, as throughout your programme.

How much does it cost?
The cost is £199 including VAT for one of the following languages: French, German, Spanish and Italian. If you want to study Arabic, Russian or Mandarin, these languages cost £215 including VAT. The price covers a course of 15 hours (12 sessions of 75 minutes per week) subject to reaching a minimum of four students.

If a course does not reach minimum number of participants, we will be contacting students to discuss the options. Your payment guarantees a place in the group and once your course is confirmed, refunds will not be given (unless we cancel the course, in which case a full refund will be provided).

What languages are on offer?
For the Autumn Term 2020, we are offering groups in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Russian and Mandarin.

Other languages such as Farsi and Japanese are currently offered on a 1:1 basis only (at a different price). Virtual group classes are likely to be offered in these languages in the future, so do let us know if you would like to be put on a waiting list.
How many people are in a virtual class?
Classes have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 6. This very small group size is designed to give every participant plenty of time to practise the key skills of Speaking and Listening.

What time will the classes take place?
Lessons will run for 75 minutes at the same day/time each week, for 12 consecutive weeks.
Depending on language and level, classes are offered in the mornings, lunchtimes and evenings at different times. Please refer to the web shop for the days and times of classes.
When do the classes start?
The Autumn term classes will start w/c 14th September 2020. In the case of public holidays alternative dates will be scheduled.

How do I know my level?
If you are not sure about your current level, please have a look at the course descriptors for each course. You can also contact us with any questions.

What if I pay but cannot attend the lessons?
We are unable to offer refunds to students who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the whole course. We regret that we are unable to offer pro rata rates for partial attendance of courses.  In the event that we are unable to run a course due to insufficient participants, a full refund will be provided.
Will I need to do any preparation or homework?
A small amount of revision and/or preparation work will be advised in advance of each lesson (excluding the 1st lesson).
Are tutors native speakers?
Yes, all our tutors are native-speakers, and meet the MPRs (Minimum Professional requirements) set by the FCO. They have experience teaching diplomats, civil servants and professionals.

What do lessons cover?
All our courses focus on the two main skills of Speaking and Listening, covering practical topics of general interest to civil servants, helping you to build confidence when dealing with everyday situations.

Do I need a course book?
No. Our courses are all topic-based, and focus on the communicative skills of Speaking and Listening, in contexts which are relevant to the programme’s target audience (government officials and civil servants).

Will I have an opportunity to study outside of the classroom?
Of course! We provide all of our students with an opportunity to study outside of the classroom. and to help you with this, we are now offering the possibility to complement your PLS classes studies with a 12 month licence for Busuu for Business.

For more information about this optional add-on, please visit our dedicated page for Busuu for Business
Note: If you would like a customized language course just for yourself, we can arrange this on a 1:1 basis in nearly all languages, either through virtual classrooms, or with face to face tuition (depending on your location). Please contact us for further details on whitehall@langsols.com


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