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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

Post-Brexit, Studying Language and Culture Is More Urgent Than Ever

28 June 2016

Statement from the Board of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML).

Pilkington Prizewinners 2016

23 June 2016

Last night we raised our glasses in toast to the Class of 2016: the biochemist, clinicians, computer scientist, engineer, geographer, historian, linguist, material scientist, philosopher, neuroscientist and social anthropologist – all of whom were being honoured by the University for their teaching.

Sponsoring CAFF 2016

10 June 2016

The University of Cambridge Language Centre is delighted to be sponsoring the Cambridge African Film Festival 2016, and in particular the screening of 'Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara' on 25th October 2016 in association with the Festival of Ideas.

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.

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Latest News

Pilkington Prizewinners 2016 
We are delighted to announce that Dr Karen Ottewell, Director of ADTIS, has been awarded the prestigious Pilkington Teaching Prize in recognition of her excellence in teaching at the University.

11jul /
Summer Closure
The Language Centre will be closed for three weeks during the long vacation.

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