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Language Centre

The Language Centre offers classes to all University students
As a Queen’s student, whatever your degree course, you’ll have an opportunity to learn a new language or improve your skills in a language.

Demand for linguistically competent graduates is growing and  knowledge of a foreign knowledge is recognised as a key to success in the modern world – whatever field you may end up working in.

The University’s state-of-the-art multi-media Language Centre, based in the McClay Library, is there to help you develop your language skills.


Virtual Lab

Using PCs, the revolutionary CAN-8 VirtuaLab™ system lets you store your work on the server, both written and oral, for monitoring and assessment by the tutor.

All the multi-media course material on the system is developed and authored in the Language Centre with the expertise of Queen’s language staff and native speakers. This means courses can be tailored to the learners’ needs and levels.

Languages for Non-Specialists

The Language Centre provides courses for students from all areas of the University who wish to take up or to continue the study of a language on a voluntary basis. These weekly classes take place outside the normal teaching hours. They are mainly for conversation skills and are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, giving recognition to the achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and ranging from complete beginners or 'breakthrough'  in Level 1A to 'mastery' in Level 3C. A University Language Centre Certificate is also given for attendance.

Languages for Special Purposes

The Language Centre also offers courses leading to a University Certificate in Languages for Special Purposes. These courses are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (French commences at post-GCSE level).

The Language Centre is based in the McClay Library


The Centre also provides the opportunity for self-study language courses for use in its private study area where students have access to networked PCs with the CAN-8 system installed.

There is also a growing library of resources in over 50 languages, including English for foreign students,  available at various levels and in various formats.

More information on the Language Centre