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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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© 2012 • University of Cambridge
The Language Centre

About Us

The Language Centre

Supporting the teaching and learning of languages throughout the University.

Contact Us

General Enquiries
Phone:  +44 1223 335058
Fax:      +44 1223 763618

Staff can be contacted during normal working hours.

The Director: Jocelyn Wyburd
phone:    +44 1223 335012

Postal Address
Language Centre
University of Cambridge
Downing Place

Come to Us

John Trim Centre (JTC)
Opening Hours

During Full Term
Monday-Friday: 9am - 7pm;

Outside Full Term
& after Easter Term teaching weeks
Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm

Wheelchair access and disabled toilet but no street parking provided.

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What We Do

The Language Centre

Increase multilingualism amongst students and staff of the University; promoting, encouraging and supporting the learning of languages for personal, academic and professional purposes.

Taught Courses

- Cambridge University Language Programmes (CULP)
CULP offer University wide language courses in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

For full details and fees of all courses go to the CULP enrolment pages on LC Online (Raven access).

- English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
The Language Centre offers two types of EAP support:
    + The Pre-Sessional course is a five-week intensive course which consists of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual supervisions.
    + In-Sessional support is offered over the course of the academic year and consists of one-to-one supervisions and workshops. It is only open to Cambridge students or students who have attended the Pre-Sessional Course.

Full information including dates, fees and registration for the EAP pre-sessional course and In-Sessional Support can be found on our public site.

    + Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Courses :
                >  IELTS Preparation Course
is designed to prepare candidates for the Academic Training Module in the IELTS examination.
                >  EAP: the University's International Summer School four-week EAP programme will enable you to develop your listening and discussion skills in practical classroom sessions.

Independent Learning

- The John Trim Centre (JTC)
The JTC houses resources in over 150 languages from beginner to advanced level, and staff are available to help and guide users in their choice of materials.
The JTC also provides 24 multimedia workstations (18 PCs and 6 Macs), seven VHS/DVD viewing stations, and eight listening stations all of which can be used individually or in pairs for independent learning.
Direct satellite broadcasts are currently available in many languages and can be watched on the workstations.
Recordings of satellite TV are made every week night (six hours per channel) normally starting with the news.

For more information go to our main website.

- LC Online
The Language Centre provides online language learning materials for all University of Cambridge users.
Resources include audios, videos, text, images, interactive exercises, daily off-air recordings, and support materials for CULP and EAP courses.
Resources are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

All materials on LC Online are accessible from inside and outside the CU network using Raven authentication.

- Open Courseware
To support language learning the Language Centre is making a range of its language learning resources available as open courseware under the Common Creative Licence.
At the moment the web-based applications available are: Basic Chinese, Basic German and Russian Essentials.

These applications can be downloaded from the Language Centre main website.

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.

To make an appointment email:

- The Conversation Exchange Scheme
Making the most of the multicultural community in Cambridge, we use this scheme to pair you up with a native speaker of your target language in exchange for your native language.

- Advanced Discussion Groups
These are informal groups led by a native speaker for those who have conversational ability but would like to develop the range and quality of their self-expression.

- Informal Learning Circles
These offer a way of getting together learners of a similar language for collaborative self-directed practice sessions. Contact us for advice.

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What You Do

The Language Centre

Use of the Language Centre John Trim Centre is free of charge for members of the University (including staff members).


- You are required to register before using the facilities of the Language Centre.
To do this you can either come along in person or visit LC Online at
All you need is your University Card and your Raven password.

- You can register to one of our taught courses by going to LC Online (CULP Enrolment Information) or to our main website (EAP Pre-Sessional and In-Sessional Support Overview).

- Bring your University Card each time you visit as you must swipe it before entering the JTC.
If you encounter any problems please consult a member of staff at Reception.

- Fee-paying users (Cambridge alumni, partners of university members, retired staff and others who are not connected with the University.)
Annual fee = £40. (This includes an initial advising appointment.)

Interested parties should contact the Advising Team on 01223 335058 or email


- Pressland Fund Language Courses (Pressland Fund Bursaries)
Language Study for Science and Medical Students. Administered by the Language Centre, the AJ Pressland Fund offers bursaries of up to £1,000 to support language study abroad for students within the Schools of Biological Science, Clinical Medicine, Physical Science and Technology.
Students should be planning to study a language overseas for up to 4 weeks during the Long Vacation and funds awarded may be used to support course fees, accommodation and travel as required.
All students who are awarded a Bursary from the A.J. Pressland Fund are requested to produce a report following attendance at their courses abroad.
It was agreed that commencing in 2004, a prize of £100 should be awarded for the best report received.

Further information is available from

- Outreach (CULP4SC, Languages First)
The Language Centre is very committed to encouraging language learning in primary and secondary schools, and motivating young language learners to consider studying languages at university, including thinking about studying languages here at the University of Cambridge.
We are a member of the Routes into Languages Consortium for the East of England, which brings schools and universities together in pupil-facing activities, and were the East Regional Centre for the Links into Languages programme of professional development for teachers from 2009-2011.
We are members of the Network for Languages.

For more information about our outreach activities please read these pages, or contact:

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The Language Centre