The London Centre for Languages and Cultures

Another strand of Pembroke’s access and outreach work is to support teachers and assist them with developing their own skills and knowledge, and exchanging best practice ideas. This is the focus of our newest subject centre, The London Centre for Languages and Cultures (LCLC), based in West London. 

The LCLC will enhance the subject knowledge of GCSE/A Level teachers in a wide range of modern foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as having a focus on applied linguistics. University partners, including the Department of Languages at The Open University, will support targeted languages and cultures in three West London boroughs (Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea), through the provision of peer-to-peer networks, subject activities and cultural enrichment.

This Pembroke led initiative will update subject knowledge and improve teaching and learning practices for language teachers and their pupils by delivering:

  • high quality continuing professional development (CPD) and subject driven twilight sessions for language teachers – deepening subject knowledge, improving the teaching and learning of languages and cultures in local schools thereby enhancing attainment for GCSE and A Level pupils
  • sustainable, peer-to peer teacher online networks – augmenting subject knowledge and teaching practice, increasing numbers teaching and learning languages and reaching further London schools
  • an annual five day residential school in Oxford – improving knowledge and skills for teachers and raising aspirations for attending pupils
  • subject enrichment programmes including cultural visits and additional lectures and seminars annually – to enthuse teachers, pupils, parents and the surrounding community
  • building wider support for modern languages and spreading the Subject Centre model

This will promote the benefits of studying languages at school and university, answering a growing need to reconsider the importance of languages in the life of the capital, spreading and embedding languages and linguistics across our target tri-boroughs and beyond.

Funding for LCLC has been awarded by The London Schools Excellence Fund, provided by The Mayor of London and the Department for Education.

Download the LCLC brochure to read more about our aims and current activities