In addition to language teaching, the CLL regularly organises cultural events around the various languages we offer. These can range from language specific contests, to movie nights, to wine and cheese tasting, among many others.

Our hallmark event is the triennial Open House, which is a 2-day display of all of our languages. If you would like to find out more about a specific cultural event, email us at

The Centre for Language Learning is pleased to host language and culture related workshops for members of the public and industry stakeholders.

On March 19, 2024, the Director of the CLL, Dr. Nicole Roberts welcomed a delegation from the People’s Republic of China to the CLL. The visit centred around strengthening UWI-China relations and the state of Mandarin Chinese education in Trinidad and Tobago.

To culminate its 25 anniversary festivities, The Centre for Language Learning (CLL) will host its first ever Foreign Language Talent Show, entitled, CLL’s Got Talent! The event will take place on December 8, 2023 at 6pm.

As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, our Chinese Section is hosting a drawing contest to highlight traditional Chinese festivals. The contest runs from May 29 - June 20, 2023. Winners will be announced on August 7, 2023.

The Centre for Language Learning is pleased to open its doors to members of the public, secondary school students and teachers, as well as members of the campus community to its triennial Open House on March 24 and 25, 2023. Come "Explore the World with the CLL"!

French theatre returns to the CLL! On September 29, 2022 the CLL's French section facilitated its first French theatre session after a 2-year hiatus. Thirteen students from the CLL and the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (DMLL) attended.

On September 23, 2022, our Mandarin Chinese tutor, Ms Janine Lutchman facilitated an online paper cutting activity with students from the Parvati Girls Hindu College. A total of 35 students from the school's Foreign Language & Culture Club attended.

In 2015, the Centre for Language Learning organized the first Languages for Life Secondary School Competition. This initiative was a result of an innovative research project entitled, Language and Competitiveness: Positioning Trinidad and Tobago for Sustainable Development.


“If we had a vocabulary of 30 words for love … we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart.”

Robert Johnson
“The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden”

Did you know that the Arabic language has 10 words to describe love? Click here to hear them pronounced by a native speaker.