Language Resource Centre

About Us

About Us

Self-study language learning at one of the foremost independent language learning centres in the UK.

Supporting language learning

We support, facilitate and encourage the learning of languages and cross-cultural communication. This is both within the university and in the North East region.

We are committed to quality provision and service.

Our services

The Centre supports independent language learning and tandem learning. We do not provide language tuition or taught classes.

We offer free language learning facilities to all members of the University.

Members of the public may register for a small fee. Find out how to join.

Our facilities

You can access self-study resources in 150 languages. Our facilities include:

  • 80 PCs with language learning software
  • 24 satellite channels in 17 languages
  • 800 foreign language films (3,000+ available online)
  • online English language study materials
  • podcast site

Take a virtual tour of the Centre. 

Our history

The Language Resource Centre was established in 1997 and underwent major refurbishment in 2013. It aimed to promote independent language learning across the University in support of the 'Languages for All' policy. It also supported the growing numbers of international students.

This was a multi-million pound development. The reading room in the Old Library Building was converted into a state-of-the-art study centre.

We are now a digital and analogue equipped multimedia learning resource. The Centre is part of the School of Modern Languages.