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The Language Centre has been part of the University of Warwick's central academic services since its establishment in 1964. The Language Laboratory was first set up in 1964 on the East Site (Gibbet Hill Site), by the Senior Technician Laurie Evans. 

It moved to new premises in 1966 in a new building which is now solely the Library, but the building then housed the Arts Faculty, Library, Book-bindery and Photography departments.  When the Arts faculty (Humanities) building was constructed in 1970, we occupied a few rooms within our current location. 

We have taken over a few adjacent rooms over the years to reach our current capacity.  We managed at last in 1995 to equip all four of our language laboratories with the same machines, standardizing with the Tandberg IS10 model.  This has made the life of our tutors easier by not having to become familiar with different operating controls.

Laurie Evans became Superintendant, but later was re-designated Director until his death in 1985.  Afterward, the post of Director was taken by Noemi Messora (appointed 50%) and when she left Warwick to return to Italy, Bob Powell was appointed to a full-time post as Director in 1993.

It can be seen from the archive photographs that Language Laboratory technology has moved on, from valve open-reel tape recorders to transistor solid-state open-reel, cassette tape recorders.  Having recently installed a fully digitalized satellite system, we are now progressing to totally computerized digital sound recording. 

We have always maintained pace with technology to enable our tutors to utilise the most modern teaching methods -   sometimes at the cutting edge of innovation.  The Centre's activities continue to expand as part of the University's long-term commitment to the increased provision of foreign language tuition across the Faculties.

  • Coventry Branch

    The Language Centre Faculty of Arts Building Room FAB 4.05, Coventry

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Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world with over 400 million native speakers. Over 41 million people in the US are Spanish native speakers. Spanish is the official language in 21 countries.

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If you want to understand and be part of vibrant and diverse culture, learn Russian. More than 260 million people around the world speak it, and it is the official language of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

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Study the world’s 6th most spoken language, with 230 million native speakers. Speak the official language of 8 countries in 4 continents, such as Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, and East Timor. 

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Korea is one of the strongest economies in Asia and one of the most innovative countries in the world. Korean has one of the most logical writing systems in the world: Hangul.

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Japan is one of the largest economies in the world. Learning the Japanese language can help you broaden your opportunities for a global profession as well as create a gateway into other Asian cultures and languages.

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