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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

International Mother Language Day

21 February 2018

Linguistic diversity and multilingualism: keystones of sustainability and peace.

Breaking the Silence

20 February 2018

Cambridge speaks out against sexual misconduct.

Language is learned in brain circuits that predate humans

30 January 2018

It has often been claimed that humans learn language using brain components that are specifically dedicated to this purpose.

Only by speaking European languages will Britain rebuild the bridges burned by Brexit

26 January 2018

We will need to rethink our laissez-faire approach to “foreign” languages, and learn to speak to our potential partners in their own first languages.

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.

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.

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Latest News


Strike information for students

The University is committed to minimising disruption to students and to the many members of staff who do not wish to participate in industrial action.


Graduate students in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Opportunity to apply for a bursary for language training.

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

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