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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

You can learn a new language with the experts at Cambridge University (CULP)

17 December 2018

University of Cambridge Language Centre is opening its doors for the very first time, so that the public can be taught by their language experts.

The Landscape for Languages in the UK - Jocelyn Wyburd

10 November 2018

This talk given at the Language Show in London, explores the implications of Brexit for both language learning and the supply of language teachers, while also reflecting on the wider landscape for languages across the sectors. (Presentation available for download)

Bilingualism: How we turn on and off languages

10 September 2018

A team of researchers has uncovered the distinct computations that occur when we switch between different languages, a finding that provides new insights into the nature of bilingualism.

Languages boost to deliver skilled workforce for UK's businesses

03 August 2018

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb unveils new drive to deliver a nation of confident linguists and ensure businesses have the skilled workers they need.

Can you lose your native language?

08 June 2018

It’s possible to forget your first language, even as an adult. But how, and why, this happens is complex and counter-intuitive.

New research shows how Indo-European languages spread across Asia

10 May 2018

The research sheds new light on the long-standing 'steppe theory' on the origin and movement of Indo-European languages made possible by the domestication of the horse.

How bilinguals process language

09 April 2018

Research led by a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, shows that bilinguals regulate, or suppress, their native language when reading in a second language.

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.

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Latest News


JTC Christmas closure

The Language Centre John Trim Centre will be closed.


Pressland Fund Bursary Scheme

Bursaries for Language Study Abroad for Science and Medical Students now open!

General Public:

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

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