The Centre was established in July 2001 by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Currently, twelve languages can be studied: Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese.
Classroom activities & e-learning
Students’ active involvement in classroom activities allows them to interact with fellow students and their teachers. E-learning materials such as podcasts provide opportunities for students to learn the languages even when they are out of the classrooms.
Immersions allow students to gain firsthand experience of the target language countries and to interact with the local communities. Homestay, excursions and interactional activities provide opportunities for students to improve their language proficiency.
Faculty members engage in research in second/foreign language education, focusing on both theoretical and applied research. The Centre publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal, the Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, and organizes a biennial conference, CLaSIC.
The Centre has been active in the publication of research papers and textbooks since its establishment in 2001. Academic publications include books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on foreign language education and its related disciplines.
The Centre for Language Studies was established in 2001 to serve the foreign language needs of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and has today some 100 full-time and part-time faculty members. It teaches thirteen different languages - Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Spanish,Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese - to app. 2,600 students per semester and thus helps them acquire a very valuable economic and social resource in today's world of growing globalisation and internationalisation. Having produced numerous teaching award winners in recent years, the Centre is firmly committed to excellence in teaching and seeks to maintain, and improve, its high teaching standards by engaging in research and facilitating professional development in foreign language teaching.