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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

Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain

26 September 2016

In the first of a new series of comment pieces written by linguists at Cambridge, Sarah Colvin, Schröder Professor of German and Head of the Department of German and Dutch, argues that learning languages is key to understanding how people think and plays a major role in social cohesion.

Festival of Ideas: African Film Screening

09 September 2016

We are delighted to announce the screening of the African Film (Life is Waiting 2015, 59mins) we are sponsoring (free viewing) as part of the Cambridge African Film Festival on Monday 24 October: 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

World University Rankings 2015-2016

15 August 2016

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Students try to revive language-learning

08 July 2016

Ten high-achieving students from Alec Hunter Academy in Braintree visited Cambridge University, trying to revive language learning.

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).

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Latest News

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