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About Us

Objectives | Policy and Planning Board | Evaluation

The Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Languages of the Wider World 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 HE, i.e. the languages of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Netherlands , Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia.


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

Policy and Planning Board

SOAS Representatives

Graeme Appleby
Dr Mandy Bentham
Professor Michael Hutt (Chair)
Dr Akin Oyètádé
Dr Xinsheng (George) Zhang

UCL Representatives

Julia Abbott (SEO, Academic and International, UCL)
Professor Theo Hermanns
Dr Christine Hoffmann (Director, UCL Language Centre)
Professor Henry Woudhuysen
Professor Michael Warton
Dr Robin Aizlewood

LWW CETL Representatives

James Grindrod
Karin Pointner
Professor Itesh Sachdev


The LWW CETL conducted an interim evaluation in 2007, which is available for download.