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Language Resources Centre

The Language Resources Centre (LRC) has now reopened for the academic year 2021-22. We look forward to welcoming you back or welcoming you to the centre for the first time!

About the LRC

The LRC provides a friendly environment for all King's and Modern Language Centre students and staff wishing to engage in language learning. Our resources are always free to access.

We are a specialist language library offering a wide variety of resources to help you develop reading skills, grammar and cultural understanding in the language you are learning. 

During term time, we host student workshops and cultural events - see our Event Listings for full details. 

We also provide speaking practice with native speakers from our staff team and student volunteers from across the university - scroll down for more information on how to partcipate as either a learner or a volunteer.

The Business Support Team and our team of multilingual Language Learning Advisors are always on hand to help you make the most of our facilities. We work both on site and remotely to ensure we provide support in person and a quick response to any email enquiries should you currently be unable to visit us on campus.

Please bookmark our page, as we update it regularly and follow us on social media @KingsMLC 

 Covid safety

We are a small library and can have a high footfall of students, staff and visitors during term time. For the safety of our staff and all LRC users we ask that the following guidelines are followed when you visit the LRC:

  • We expect face coverings to be worn unless you have a medical exemption.
  • Please swipe your card in at the entrance of the LRC. This data will only be used should it be required to track any positive cases amongst LRC users to help determine if any close contact may have taken place.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser available if you are browsing our physical resources.
  • Please use the sanitising wipes provided to wipe down the shared computers.
  • Follow the university guidance on regular testing.

For all up to date Covid information from the university, please visit: 

Free speaking practice is back!

Our speaking practice scheme has now reopened. Many thanks to both our returning volunteers from the last academic year and welcome to all of our new volunteers! Some of our volunteers are already live for booking, and please check back as we are continuing to add more volunteers for more languages. Please let us know if you cannot yet find availability for your language or at a convenient time and we will check with our volunteers to see if we can add more options. Most sessions will run online this term, and you will be able to see if your session is either online or on-campus in the LRC when you make your booking on the system. More information can be found using the links below.

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Resources & facilities available in the LRC

  • Laptops available to borrow by students for use in the LRC
  • Wifi access
  • Foreign language textbooks, grammar books, dictionaries, readers, comic books and games
  • Daily and weekly newspapers and magazines
  • Feature films and documentaries on DVD 
  • A selection of language learning audio CDs
  • Friendly and welcoming staff to advise on how to make the most efficient use of the open learning facilities
  • Comfortable reading area
  • Short course students are also able to access all of King's libraries using their ID card

Language workshops and events

The Modern Language Centre runs a variety of different cultural and language workshops during the academic year. These workshops provide cultural insights into our languages and deliver exciting learnings on cultures from all over the world. All workshops will be offered online during semester one of the academic year 2020-21 and are available to book now.

Language events at the Modern Language Centre