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The Language Centre

The Language Centre

The Language Centre supports the teaching and learning of languages throughout the University. It does so flexibly in accordance with the needs of its users; it uses IT to underpin its operations and its activities are informed by relevant research in second language acquisition and educational technology.

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Advice & Learning

The Advising Team are here to support you on a one-to-one basis, exploring resources and opportunities to structure a path towards your personal language learning goals. We are most interested in helping you identify the strengths and learning preferences that will motivate your language study, as well as find strategies for tackling weaker areas.

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Teaching Programmes

The Language Centre provides a range of courses in fifteen languages, including English, for students and staff of the University; in addition to offering teaching directly to specific Faculties or Departments.

Cambridge University Language Programmes (CULP)
Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS)

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Open Courseware

To support language learning, the Language Centre is making a range of its language learning resources available as open courseware under the Creative Commons Licence.

The Language Centre Open Courseware

Independent Learning

The John Trim Centre (JTC) houses resources in over 170 languages from beginner to advanced level, and staff are available to help and guide users in their choice of materials.

The John Trim Centre for independent language learning

Languages in the news

About Modern Languages: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

10 January 2018

Watch Baroness Coussins speech in Lords debate on need for MFL skills in the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Studying languages in post-Brexit Britain will become even less accessible

29 November 2017

Galaxy Henry talks about the problem of underprivilege in learning languages other than English, and why we should appreciate them enough to keep them alive.

'Languages after Brexit - How the UK Speaks to the World'

06 November 2017

New topical book including a chapter from our Director Jocelyn Wyburd: 'Building Capacity in UK Higher Education', pp 173-183. Represents the definitive assessment of the UK’s language needs and capabilities as the country faces up to Brexit.

Cambridge launches student vlog competition

03 October 2017

Cambridge is on the hunt for its best student vlogger with £200 of video kit and expert mentoring up for grabs.

New Vice-Chancellor for Cambridge

02 October 2017

Professor Stephen Toope became the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, succeeding Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

Students tips on getting started at Cambridge University

17 August 2017

We met up with some Cambridge University vloggers to find out what it's really like to study at Cambridge, and also get some insiders’ advice for students starting next term.

Year Two results of the Teaching Excellence Framework ('TEF2')

22 June 2017

The University of Cambridge has been given a Gold Award for its performance in TEF2, the highest award available to participating universities.

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Latest News


Wanted: Graduate students!

We are looking for a pool of students (remunerated) to occasionally assist our staff at reception (Occasional Information Assistant) during lunchtimes or in the evenings.

Calling AMES and MML students to act as ‘Language Ambassadors’

To motivate the take-up of languages in school and progression to higher levels.

Graduate students in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Opportunity to apply for a bursary for language training.