SOAS University of London

Languages of the Wider World CETL

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The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Languages of the Wider World (LWW CETL) is a HEFCE-funded collaboration between SOAS and UCL. Its aim is to promote and support excellence in the teaching and learning of languages that do not have a large presence in UK Higher Education, i.e. the languages of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Netherlands , Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia.

Aims and objectives

LWW CETL is committed to the following objectives:

  • Enhancing the UK's competence in languages of increasing strategic, commercial and civic importance
  • Furthering SOAS and UCL's expertise in the development and evaluation of curriculum, learning materials and teaching techniques
  • Bridging the gap between pedagogical research and classroom practice
  • Promoting innovation in technology-enhanced language learning and other pedagogies
  • Redressing the imbalance that exists between the HE sector's investment in the teaching and learning of less-commonly and more-commonly taught languages
  • Raising the national and international profile of academic activity devoted to these languages
  • Creating a focal point from which teaching innovations and curricular enhancements can be disseminated
  • Generating an exchange of experience from SOAS and UCL with other parts of the UK HE sector and across the EU and the rest of the world
  • Increasing the number of students opting to study less-commonly taught languages
  • Improving languages learning facilities across SOAS and UCL
  • Providing personal development opportunities for language teachers


Location: Room 442, Phillips Buildings, Russell Square
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4516
Fax: +44 (0)20 7898 4859
Address: Languages of the Wider World CETL, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG