Centre for English and World Languages

high quality language and pathway programmes


CEWL About

CEWL offers international learning opportunities which are designed to appeal to all Kent students. The information below describes some of our key areas of provision and you can download a PDF of our leaflet for further information.

In-sessional English Skills

For students seeking to improve their general academic language proficiency during the course of their studies.

In-sessional English Language Modules

For students who need to improve their academic English language proficiency during the course of specific areas of study.

Summer courses for visiting university groups

For groups of students visiting during the summer months.

CEWL is the first port of call for anyone looking to learn more about the full range of language learning opportunities across the University of Kent.

Language Express

CEWL offers a series of flexible non-credit-bearing language courses running throughout the academic year

Wild World Language Modules

CEWL provides credit-bearing modules in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, in association with some Undergraduate degree programmes

Customised short courses for businesses and other organisations

Consultancy Services

 

Student Testimonials

 

"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."

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"As far as developing academically, my first year at UKC was an unforgettable one. Integrating with students from all over the world was a blessing. Whether it was for football, a night out or chilling with friends, Canterbury will always feel like home. Good times... "

LAITH ZUREIKAT
International Foundation Programme

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"As a student on the University of Kent's International Foundation Programme, I must congratulate all the staff and module convenors on such a brilliant year. I arrived at UKC, an international student with English as my second language. My IELTS and TOEFL scores exceeded what most universities required, but not what was needed to keep up with assignments and tests, and excel. The IFP gave me a chance to make significant improvements to my writing and speaking skills. I became more confident, writing a lengthy essay and presenting in front of many other colleagues or teachers. 

As I aspire to become a successful architect, the Design module was amongst my selected modules which allowed me to experience what First Year BA Architecture at Kent would be like. Furthermore, I was able to select another two subjects which were not related to architecture but added to my rich experience as an IFP student. The skills I managed to acquire has helped me throughout my Foundation year and will surely help me in my future university career."

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"My decision to participate in the programme was a success."

YUKA KAMEI (left in photo)
Short English Course, Kobe Women's University

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One of the Most Important Experiences of My College Life

"I had reservations about participating in this three-week English programme at Kent University because I was the only fourth-year among first-year, second-year and third-year applicants. In addition, British English struck me as difficult to listen and pronounce as I was more used to American English. I studied English in Hawaii for three and a half months when I was in the second year.

Despite my reservations, I still wished to join the programme at UKC because I wanted to experience Britain through the programme before graduating from college and starting to work. I wished to learn a culture and society different from Japan and America (here, Hawaii) and see differences (and similarities) between Japan, Britain and America. I believed that my “discoveries” through my stay in Britain would surely make my world view rich and broad."

My decision to participate in the programme was a success. I did have a very significant time at UKC. The classes, excursions to historic sites, the musical and the theatre helped me to understand Britain and the British. It is one of the most important experiences of my college life. I will start working for a company this April and I am sure my experience in Britain will benefit my future career as well."

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"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.

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"The teachers were very kind. Learning was a joy."

MIHO HIRATA
Short English Course, Kobe Women's University

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Life at UKC: one of my happiest memories.

"I read English literature at college, and love to read British novels and plays such as Jane Austin’s Emma, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet either in original or in translation. I am particularly interested in Shakespeare’s plays.

While enjoying reading English literary works, I sometimes encounter descriptions which I find hard to understand. This difficulty does not only result from my limited skills and knowledge of English as a language but often comes from my limited knowledge of British landscape and culture. I discovered this when I was in the third year at college. I wanted to see and feel the air and the land of Britain - its field, hills, streets and houses and people living there - and “experience” British culture. I decided to participate in the summer programme at Kent. The programme met my expectations. Through the life and study at University of Kent at Canterbury, I could learn many things about British history, culture and daily life.

The teachers were very kind. They taught us a lot of things - useful phrases for daily conversation, pronunciation, pubs, British history, Shakespeare’s plays and so on. They were patient and taught us kindly and slowly when we couldn’t follow the class well. Learning was a joy.

I was lucky to have the chance to “experience” Britain through the programme. I felt and still feel very grateful to my teachers at Kent, and it is one of my happiest memories!"

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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

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"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!"

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"The presessional course is really important and useful."

NAN LONG PENG
Pre-Sessional Student

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"The presessional course is really important and useful.
1. It tells you how you will be taught in future University study. For example, you will learn how to write an essay and do a presentation. (Trust me; your University life will be full of essays and presentations.)

2. If you are an international student, you can become familiar with life here. You can find where the banks and supermarkets are.
3. You can get a dormitory if you want to live on campus because there may not enough rooms for the increasing number of students. Besides, you can make a lot of friends and decide whom to live with.
4. June, July and August are the sale season. Quite a lot of top brands will be on sale during the period. It is great news for those who like shopping.
5. You will have the chance to know Rushen, the social co-ordinator, who will definitely make your presessional course life more interesting."

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"I learnt how to integrate with British students and therefore managed to become a part of the Law School at Kent University. That is to say, my experience on the IFP did not only help me to learn necessary academic skills for a degree in Law but it also helped me to strengthen my self-confidence as an international student in the UK."

CEMRE GUNSEL
International Foundation Programme

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"For a student, to chose which university to attend is one of the hardest decisions to make, especially when one of the available options is to study abroad. University is a once in a life-time experience, so it is essential to make the right choice. As a former International Foundation Programme (IFP) student, I can say that my choice to study on the IFP at Kent University was certainly the right one as a pathway for my undergraduate education in Law (LLB degree). During my first year of undergraduate studies, I was among the minority who knew how to participate in an academic seminar, how to prepare and present coursework, how to take notes in a lecture or how to manage excessive amounts of reading. Additionally, the modules I took on the IFP (Law, Politics and Philosophy) were relevant for some of my first year modules.

Above all, I learnt how to integrate with British students and therefore managed to become a part of the Law School at Kent University. That is to say, my experience on the IFP did not only help me to learn necessary academic skills for a degree in Law but it also helped me to strengthen my self-confidence as an international student in the UK." 

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"During my time in Canterbury I had a very good relationship with my host family. They were all very nice and friendly. I will never forget the time living with them. We still keep in touch, around 2 phone calls a month."

KA WAI (Nelson) CHEUNG
English with Volunteering Student

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"My name is Ka Wai Cheung (Nelson). Throughout the summer programme in the UK, I did learn many valuable and beneficial things. My horizons have been broadened by having an insight into other parts of the world. The summer programme provided me with the opportunity to experience and taste the British culture, lifestyle, the mode of thinking of British people etc. I love England very much!"

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

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 11/09/2017