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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

Vice-Chancellor's statement on anti-semitic leaflets

07 February 2017

"The University of Cambridge is an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community." says Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

Vice-Chancellor's statement on US travel ban

30 January 2017

"The executive order issued by the United States government is an affront to one of the most fundamental human freedoms," says Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

'Brits should learn Polish or Urdu to help encourage integration'

17 January 2017

Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett said a 'basic understanding' in other community languages would help social cohesion in the UK.

Learning a second language still matters

13 December 2016

Speaking a foreign language remains vitally important in the Brexit era, says Wendy Ayres-Bennett.

Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #5

01 November 2016

In the fifth of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Dr John Gallagher, historian of early modern Europe, argues that Britain should look to its past to rediscover the importance of language learning.

Cambridge support for MPs' position on the importance of language skills

19 October 2016

Professor Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at The University of Cambridge "strongly support[s] the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages' appeal to Government to ensure that improving the UK's language skills is treated as an urgent policy issue."

Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #4

19 October 2016

In the fourth of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Professor of French Philology and Linguistics, argues that the UK Government needs a coherent policy on languages as the country prepares to leave the EU.

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Latest News

New Open Courseware!
In Arabic, German, Italian and Japanese.

Easter CULP Enrolment - Now Open

Details about timetables and fees available on UTBS.

New Position: Tamil Language Tutor

To offer some provision in Tamil, to a small group of learners, who are engaged in academic research focussing on Sri Lanka.

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