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Welcome To UCC Language Centre

Zoe Williams, Previous Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University Language Centre.  Established in 1994, we are located in the O’Rahilly Building, opposite the Quad, in the heart of UCC’s campus.

The Language Centre is dedicated to the promotion and study of English language acquisition, teaching and learning, and skills development.  Whether you are a colleague, an existing UCC student, or someone new to the university, we hope you will find the information you need on these web pages.  We welcome hundreds of people through our doors each year, each with their own set of personal objectives, and we have tried to reflect that in our course and service descriptions here; however, if you find that your pathway is not represented, then please do get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss your specific needs.

Our work falls into some broad categories, full-time English programmes; academic English in-sessional and pre-sessional programmes; teacher training, support and advisory services; bespoke and collaborative programmes; summer schools and short specialist courses and our exam centre.

As you would expect from a university provider, our teachers and trainers are highly qualified specialists, drawing on expertise gathered from across international educational sectors.  As a team, we are committed to innovation in our teaching, and as such, all of our teachers are involved in the work of our teacher training centre, delivering qualifications or professional development courses, and ensuring that we regularly review and reflect on our own classroom practice.  Many of our teachers are also active committee members of EAP in Ireland, a community of scholarship around the understanding of academic literacy and proficiency development in second language speakers.

Cork is a compact city with a big vision.  Its people and those in the university have a proud history of independent thinking and this, combined with a global outlook and confidence, makes Cork a very attractive place to study and to live.  Having only arrived here myself relatively recently, I can assure you that you will receive a very warm welcome when you arrive at the Language Centre.

With warmest wishes, Céad míle fáilte, "a hundred thousand welcomes’'.

Zoe Williams


Language Centre

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Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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