To deliver innovative, high quality language training and services to the UWI learning community and the wider public and engage in relevant research in keeping with our mandate to promote multilingual competence.
To be a centre that is a national, regional and international centre of excellence for foreign language study and research.
The Centre for Language Learning promotes communicative and intercultural competence in its programmes. Our aim is to empower students to use the target language in order to understand information, to express themselves orally and in writing and to communicate with native and non-native speakers of the language. An important part of knowing a foreign language is developing a critical understanding of target language cultures and developing an ability and willingess to engage with these cultures.
Students who enrol in the Centre’s courses are seeking to gain skills to survive in the target culture. This means that our classes are conducted as far as possible in the target language and students are supported to develop confidence to express themselves fluently. While pronunciation is monitored and grammatical structures taught, the focus at all times is on enabling students to use and expand their communicative repertoire in the target language.
Let's give you five solid reasons:
The CLL offers a wide selection of languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba.
The CLL is centrally located. The St. Augustine campus is within minutes from the capital city, the airport, residential and shopping areas and it is also easily accessible.
The CLL is equipped with modern facilities and multimedia resources including a self-access facility and interactive whiteboards. The building also accommodates differently-abled students.
The CLL promotes a communicative environment which makes the Centre a hub of activity.
All CLL instructors have been certified and professionally trained, either locally or internationally.
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine , Trinidad
Tel: (868) 662-2002
Fax: (868) 663-9684