Centre for English and World Languages

high quality language and pathway programmes


CEWL offers international learning opportunities for all Kent students.

The Centre for English and World Languages specialises in the delivery of internationally-focused programmes, modules and courses in English and other World languages. CEWL’s provision is driven by both the University’s Internationalisation Strategy and our institution’s position in the sector as The UK’s European University.

For our International Foundation Programme, Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional Courses please visit Kent International Pathways >

 

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CEWL offers international learning opportunities which are designed to appeal to the full breadth of the University community and beyond. For general enquires relating to our provision, please contact us on cewl@kent.ac.uk.

 

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"Taking Japanese as an extra class was definitely worthwhile. It was hard work but it was a subject I could do really well in. I met loads of interesting people, and was able to get a good grasp on the language before coming out to Japan."

JENNIFER O'DONNELL
World Languages Student

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From Kent to Japan

When I first signed up for the University of Kent I had Japan in mind as one of my goals. Why? Because it looked fun and interesting and meant I could stay at university longer. As time went on I think I became a lot more nervous about it; the costs, the language. Taking Japanese as an extra class was definitely worthwhile. It was hard work but it was a subject I could do really well in. I met loads of interesting people, and was able to get a good grasp on the language before coming out to Japan.

After saving up for two years plus the loan I finally made it to Japan and I’ve been here for five months now. I love it! After a few months I was horribly homesick but that gets quickly forgotten when I’m out exploring shopping districts, shrines and temples. So much is different I don’t think I’ve ever been bored when I’ve been out and about. Not only is Japan amazing but my University is too. Kansai Gaidai in Osaka has such a great selection of fun and interesting topics on top of weekly Japanese language classes. The best part is definitely the people and I’ve just made so many friends from all sorts of countries, not only Japan.

I think doing a year abroad has really helped me with my degree, as well as myself. It’s taught me and shown me so much that I would have never known if I’d never done it. I just wish I could spend two years out here instead of one!"

Jennifer O’Donnell

 

"The CELTA course provides great training for anyone strongly considering a career in EFL. The input and teaching practise sessions give useful insights into what will be expected of you. Having CELTA will prove to be a valuable qualification while I am searching for EFL jobs in the UK and abroad. The course tells employers that you are equipped with the skills they are looking for."

HELBLINDI BROCK
CELTA Trainee

 

 

"CEWL has done an exceptional job in offering its language teachers and students the resources they need to fully immerse themselves in their chosen language."

DANNI SHALET
Language Express Course

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Hello my name is Danielle and I am presently in the process of completing my PhD. I am also learning beginners Japanese at the Centre for English and World Languages at the University of Kent (CEWL). It has always been my belief that in order to truly understand a culture one must understand the language of that culture. As a Martial Arts enthusiast and practitioner of Japanese Martial Arts primarily Kendo; Iaido; and Shotokan karate; and a lover of Japanese culture, I thought learning Japanese would be the ideal opportunity for me to put this belief to the test.

Thus far my experiences on the course and with CEWL have been incredibly positive. CEWL has done an exceptional job in offering its language teachers and students the resources they need to fully immerse themselves in their chosen language. They are concerned about the well-being of their students and the quality of their teaching, and this is reflected in their language teachers. Not only is our language teacher exceptionally gifted, but she is also a native speaker, bringing a cultural element to learning Japanese that would not be there otherwise. It gives us as students a personal insight into the world of Japanese language, culture, and traditions. An insight that is extremely important when learning a language that reflects a rich culture that is steeped in traditions and customs.

 

"I have enjoyed not only studying but also campus life. I really like the environment of this university, partly because it accepts many international students."

KIYOSHIRO WATANABE
Exchange Student

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"Hello, I’m Kiyoshiro Watanabe, an exchange student from Japan. I have studied English Linguistics and Literature at the University of Kent, and been satisfied with a high level of education. Every module is well-organized because the detail of each module is available online; students can see the aim of the module, its timetable, a reading list, the detail of assignment and any other information before the term starts.

I think this system is really helpful for students. The atmosphere in the classroom is also very nice. Compared to a Japanese university, students here are more active and participate in seminars and discussions. I’d like to take in this positive attitude and bring it back to Japan.

I have enjoyed not only studying but also campus life. I really like the environment of this university partly because it accepts many international students. I’ve had lots of chances to make friends with students from many different countries around the campus and it has helped me to create cross-cultural understanding. Another thing that surprised me is there are many places for entertainment on campus. There are bars, cafes, a cinema and even a night club!"

 

"I’m now much more confident in using languages, and I’m also getting invaluable insights into those crucial differences in culture and business practices that can help or hinder commercial relationships with new partners. So, next stop – the rest of Europe!"

ANNIE McNAMARA MA, Director, Interactrice Ltd
Member of TEN (Transmanche Enterprise Network)  

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"I’ve been attending French and Dutch Business Language courses at CEWL and they are excellent – well-taught, full of relevant subject-matter and really enjoyable. They are part of the support I’m getting, as a member of the TEN project, to develop trade initiatives with Northern France and Belgium.

The classes are opening up new possibilities for my communication and design agency, Interactrice; so far all my business in the UK has come from networking and referrals, and I wanted to continue that personal way of making contacts when looking for clients across the Channel."

Centre for English and World Languages, Keynes College, University of Kent, CT2 7NP

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Last Updated: 31/10/2017