Language Centre

Tailored tuition in one-to-one or small group classes

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Course overview

One-to-one or small group language classes can be delivered at any level, from beginner to advanced, and can focus on the kind of language you want to learn; be it for translation, academic research, or to be able to interact confidently with speakers of the language when visiting the target language country.

For corporate clients, tuition can focus on the kind of language clients will be required to master and use: for giving presentations, understanding the language of business contracts or legal documents, negotiating with business counterparts, or being able to interact confidently with speakers of the target language on social occasions.

A specifically tailored course is the solution if you are unable to attend one of our scheduled language courses or want to make sure that the course content perfectly matches your language learning needs. Your tailored tuition class will be taught by one of our expert language teachers and the syllabus content will be designed to match your learning objectives. 

Former clients

  • Crossbridge
  • Canopius
  • Hearst Magazines International
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Savills
  • CIT Bank
  • UK Government Organisations

This is what one Senior Executive had to say about his tailored intensive course:

"In April 2018 I had an intensive Chinese refresher course at the SOAS Language Centre. It was excellent that the teachers originated from different locations (Xian, Beijing, Taiwan) so that their different accents provided variety and fresh challenge in each session. Despite the intensity of the study, the variety of approaches meant that I did not feel tired or overstretched. I found this brief period of intense study extremely helpful as it successfully achieved my short term aim of restoring a good portion of my forgotten vocabulary and refamiliarizing me with the core Chinese characters. I would certainly recommend this type of intensive course to others."
- Merlin Swire, Chief Executive, John Swire & Sons Ltd

For those who have applied for scheduled classes that cannot run because they do not reach the quorum, we can help to arrange bespoke small group tuition at a competitive price.

      Fees and funding


      Please note that we have a favourable tariff of fees for tailored tuition, as follows:

      • one-to-one tuition: £85-£110 per hour* 
      • two-to-one tuition: £120 per hour
      • group tuition (3-6 people): £150 per hour 
      • group tuition (7 to 10 people): £24 per student per hour

      *The rate differs according to whether the learner is self-funding (£85) or subject to corporate training (£110).

      There is an additional fee of £20 per session for the teacher's travelling time/expenses, if tuition does not take place on SOAS premises.
      Higher prices may have to be charged depending on the nature of the classes and the materials required.

      How to apply

      Please complete this tailored tuition application (MS form) and we can assist you.
      Before paying the course fees, carefully read our Terms and Conditions for Tailored Tuition.
      In the event that we cannot immediately offer you a class we shall discuss alternatives with you.

      Terms and conditions for tailored/corporate tuition

      • we require payment in advance for a minimum of 10 hours tuition, if opting for 1 or 2-hour sessions, or 10.5 hours if opting for 90-minute sessions (i.e. 7 sessions of 90 minutes).
      • fee payment will be made via the online store or by bank transfer once the course has been set up and confirmed to start.
      • an invoice can be issued to an employer/sponsor in advance once we have confirmation in writing that your employer has agreed to pay all costs.
      • our discounts do not apply to tailored tuition, only scheduled courses.
      • if you need to reschedule a lesson for any reason, you must provide your teacher with notice in writing of at least 1 working day (that is, by 17:00 on Friday for a lesson scheduled for Monday). If you do not, you will be charged for the scheduled hours.
      • there are no term dates in effect with tailored tuition.
      • tailored tuition is not ordinarily available on Saturdays and not available under any circumstances on Sundays if tuition is taking place on campus. If tuition is online then some teachers may be available to teach on these days.