Two weeks left to get a free place in an English summer camp in Cambridge!

Hey beautiful people! This is a reminder about our amazing video contest for teenagers from all over the world.

By making a two-minute video in English and telling us why you want to study with us in Cambridge this summer, you have a great chance of wining a place in our summer camp.

By attending this summer school, you will

  • Have a study abroad experience in the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge
  • Learn to use English for communication, rather than just taking boring classes
  • Make friends with other young people from all over the world
  • Get the most out of your stay in the UK by visiting various famous tourist destinations

and much more…

Click the post on our homepage for the application form and send it to

It’s high time to step out of your comfort-zone. Don’t miss out! 

Stephen Hawking

One of Cambridge’s most famous residents, scientist Stephen Hawking, died yesterday morning.


Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and mathematician. He was one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, and wrote many science books for people who are not scientists. His first book, A Brief History of Time, sold over ten million copies.

Hawking was a cosmologist—someone who studies the structure of the universe (stars and space). He invented important theories about the Big Bang (the start of the universe), black holes and how they work. He was a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a position that Isaac Newton once had). He retired on 1 October 2009.

Hawking had a motor neurone disease, and because of that he could not move or talk very well. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 1962, doctors gave him two years to live – but he amazed the world by living for another 56! He used a wheelchair to move, and an Intel computer to talk for him. He died on 14 March 2018.

In 2009, Hawking held a party for time travellers, only sending out invitations after the party had finished. Unfortunately nobody attended the party, so it seems that if we do have time travellers around us, they are staying well hidden!

Happy International Women’s Day from CCL


From The British Council:


What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day takes place every year on 8 March to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. It started with a protest that took place in New York City in 1908 where women went out onto the streets to demand the right to vote, shorter working hours and better pay. Since then it has taken many forms and today it’s a global event that is supported by lots of charities, NGOs, governments and academic institutions. In some countries, March 8 is an official holiday and in other countries it’s an official holiday but only for women.

Why do we need an International Women’s Day?
In today’s world it may appear that women have all the same opportunities as men. If you watch the news you will see women astronauts, women prime ministers and women leaders in business. However, if you look at the statistics you realise there’s still a long way to go. The BBC did a report a few years ago that showed that in the UK women occupied only 30.9% of the most senior positions across a range of jobs in areas like politics, business and policing. So, although progress has been made since 1908, there is still a lot to do before we see an equal number of men and women in the top jobs and receiving equal pay.

How is IWD celebrated in the UK?
A lot of special events take place in towns and cities all over the UK to celebrate International Women’s Day. There are exhibitions, theatre shows, talks, discussions, walking tours, films, workshops, fun runs and so much more. All the events are designed to celebrate the role of women in society and to make us all take a step back and think about the progress that has been made, but also about the changes that still need to take place to ensure the world is a fair and equal place for all its citizens. To find out what is happening in your country have a look on the events page of the International Women’s Day website.

Think globally and act locally
The message for women around the world is to ‘think globally and act locally’. This means to learn about some of the key issues that women face around the world and then to try to take action close to home. Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, is a great example of someone who is doing something to raise awareness about the issues that women face globally. She has launched a campaign called HeForShe, which aims to get people talking at all levels about gender equality. The aim is to create a ‘gender-equal world’. The HeForShe campaign makes it very clear that it’s the role of men as well as women to make changes in all areas of their lives, both at work and in the family, to help make this possible. With the support of UN Women, the United Nations organisation to support women, Emma’s campaign is surely going to make a big impact.

The future
Can you imagine a future where there’s no need at all to even have an International Women’s Day? Where there is total equality for men and women? Hmmm … something to think about but perhaps in your lifetime this could happen!?

Win a place at CCL 2018 with the CCL Video Competition


  • Are you a student aged 9-17?

  • Do you dream of coming to Cambridge?

  • Do you have a phone or camera that can take videos?

  • Do you have a passion for learning and a creative side?


If the answer to all of these questions is “yes”, you might be the lucky winner of a free two-week summer camp in the UK!

Today we are launching the inaugural CCL Student Video Contest. Make a 1-to-3-minute long video entitled “Why I want to come to CCL 2018” and show us why you’re excited about coming to stay in Cambridge with us. Upload it to a video platform, send us the link, and you’re good to go!

Our judging criteria:

Creativity and originality (20%)
Relevance to the contest theme of English and intercultural communication (20%)
English proficiency of the student (20%)
Public votes for your video on the CCL website (40%)

Three amazing prizes will be offered:

First prize: A free two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018 (tuition and accommodation included)
Second prize: The tuition fee of a two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018
Third prize: a £500 discount if you sign up for any summer camp with CCL in 2018

Tell us your story! Tell us your passion! Tell us your aspirations! And we will cheer for you! Blow our minds with your video and experience an unforgettable summer with CCL in the historic and vibrant city of Cambridge.

The video contest starts today, 5th March. Please email your application form as soon as possible and send us your video (or its link if it’s too big) to by 31st March 2018. By entering the competition you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

The public vote for the winner be open from 3rd April to 13th April. The official result will be released on 17th April 2018. Stay tuned to our website and maybe you will be the winner! Good luck!

Application Form

Terms and Conditions

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Winter Camp 2018 – Our Trip To Oxford

Here’s another memory of our recently-finished winter camp for 2018. This time we’re looking back at our trip to Oxford, including a visit to Christ Church College, and its famous dining hall which was used in the Harry Potter films. We usually run this trip in the summer, so it was great to see the city at a quieter time of year.

Many thanks again to Yolanda for her excellent editing work.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year’s Day. It is also known as Spring Festival in modern China. A wide range of celebrations are held in different part of the world, where there are Chinese communities. 

Boxes to tick for the CNY traditions:

□ A reunion dinner named as “Nian Ye Fan”, is held on New Year’s Eve during which family members gather for celebration. Time to taste the yummy dumplings!

□ Red packets traditionally are passed out from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors or children. Don’t be shy to ask for it!

□ Fireworks and firecrackers. All festivals need some vibes by lighting up the night.

□ Home decoration. Be it flowers, lanterns or other ornaments, make your home colourful and good fortune will come in the new year.

CCL wish you a happy Chinese New Year no matter where you are!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is February 14th – Valentine’s Day. This is the day of the year when people show their love to each other. This can be done by giving flowers, chocolates, cards or just a nice gift. Love notes can be given to one another. These notes that people give out are called valentines. Some people pick one person and calls them their “Valentine” as a gesture to show love and appreciation.

Symbols of Valentine’s Day are heart shapes, roses, and Cupid with his arrows.

You can find a lesson all about Valentine’s Day at the British Council website here.

Pancake Day is here!


Today is Shrove Tuesday – in Christian tradition this is the start of Lent, where people begin a “fast” and give up some food for the next 40 days, in preparation for Easter. In some countries this means they will have a carnival, but here in Britain it means “Pancake Day” when we all eat pancakes.

British pancakes are large and thin – similar to what Americans would call “crepes” – and we like to serve them with butter, lemon juice and sugar. Why not try one today?


Cambridge – the city where even a train station demonstrates advanced mathematical concepts


Last year this new train station, “Cambridge North”, opened in Cambridge, UK — with its walls cut into this mesmerizing pattern.

A bunch of mathematically-minded folks started sending snapshots of it to Stephen Wolfram, the computer scientist famous for studying cellular automata. Back in the 80s, he’d famously created 256 simple rulesets that, beginning with single cell, would produce complex, byzantine patterns. When Wolfram looked at the Cambridge North building, he recognized it as his favorite pattern of all time: “Rule 30”.

Rule 30 is famous for producing chaotic, seemingly-random results, which you can see in just the first few dozen iterations:
The ultimate result of a Rule-30 sequence might be even useful in crypto, because it’s pretty hard to work backwards to its initial state. Rule 30 is also found in nature, including in the patterns on the shells of Conus textile.

Find out more about this amazing design here – in Cambridge we never stop learning.