Bonjour! Wolverhampton opens first independent language centre

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Wolverhampton has bid bonjour to its first independent language learning centre.

The Language Studio has opened up above the Make and Mend shop on Darlington Street offering ESOL courses as well as classes in French, Spanish and Italian and exam preparation.

It is the brainchild of Lorna Mitchell, a tutor from Wednesfield who decided to start her own business after struggling to get on the employment ladder.

She enrolled on a Prince's Trust enterprise course and after securing a loan from Start-up Direct she was able to put her plan into action.

The 24-year-old said: "The whole thing took between three and four months to set up.

"I was having trouble finding a job in the teaching profession so I looked into the possibility of starting up my own thing.

"I'm extremely grateful for the support I've received, especially from the Prince's Trust. We're open for business now and I'm really looking forward to getting the classes started."

ESOL and Spanish classes are set to start in the coming weeks, with French and Spanish lessons due to start in January.

"This is the first independent language centre in Wolverhampton so it's an exciting time for me," added Lorna.


"We cater for all types of learners, from those who want to be able to say 'hello' to the locals on holiday or order a beer or two, to people who want to learn a language in more depth.

"I'm hoping to offer friendly, communicative and professional tuition, with a mixture of shorter and longer courses."

For more information on courses call 01902 900300 or email

Lorna on the lookout for French and Italian teachers, interpretors and translators. For details call the number above.

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