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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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Learning Advice

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)

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

Urgent action needed to close UK languages gap

24 May 2016

The UK Government needs to urgently adopt a new, comprehensive languages strategy if it is to keep pace with its international competitors and reduce a skills deficit that has wide-reaching economic, political, and military effects.

What is the value of languages to the UK?

23 May 2016

A new report by Cambridge Public Policy draws on discussions held at a workshop in Cambridge in October 2015 to discuss strategic issues in which languages play a part: national security, diplomacy and conflict resolution, community and social cohesion, migration and identity.

Languages Project with Cambridge University

11 April 2016

As part of a nationwide drive to encourage the uptake of languages at GCSE and A-level, Xaverian college teamed up with Cambridge University to offer pupils from schools in and around Manchester the chance to spend a day with language experts.

Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Society

21 March 2016

Cambridge to explore the benefits of multilingualism in major AHRC research project.

Pilkington Prize 2016

09 February 2016

Two members of teaching staff within the School of Arts and Humanities have been awarded this year's Pilkington Prize by the University.

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Latest News

CULP Enrolment
Intensive Long Vacation Courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Spring Bank Holiday
NO CULP Teaching
John Trim Centre CLOSED

Summer Modern Hebrew Ulpan, 2016
Application deadline for University students.

Calling AMES and MML students to act as ‘Language Ambassadors’
To motivate the take-up of languages in school and progression to higher levels.