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Centre for Languages & International Education



The Centre for Languages & International Education was founded in 1991 and combines teaching of the highest standards with the latest technology. All teachers are native speakers, highly qualified and experienced in teaching their own language as a foreign language. The Centre offers a wide variety of language courses in English for Academic Purposes and Modern Languages as part of the course unit programme or evening courses for Continual Professional Development (CPD).

The 1.0 and 0.5 Course Unit courses form part of undergraduate degree programmes and are offered in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish and English for Academic Purposes. 

These courses enable students to improve both their ability to communicate and their linguistic competence in the chosen language. A balance of receptive (reading, listening) and productive (speaking, writing) skills are developed through communicative classes and guided self-study. All courses give an insight into the country's culture and society in a European/global context.

Courses run from beginners level to very advanced levels, close to native speaker competence. At higher levels, students can chose Language Courses for Professional Purposes, Academic Purposes, Business and Current Affairs and Translation Skills. All courses use authentic material and students acquire/improve presentation skills, write projects and participate in debates, conduct research etc. 

Students can also take a full course unit course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The CPD certified evening course programme offers course in 18 foreign languages at five levels (beginner to post-advanced), all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are taught, with particular emphasis on oral communication.

For more information, visit  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/clie/foreign-languages/

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