The Cambridge Centre for Languages is pleased to announce the arrival of our brochure for summer 2019, in a choice of eight different languages! Follow the links below to download the brochure(s) of your choice, and come along to our home page to reserve yourself a place before they are all taken.
Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night) is a firework festival in Britain. It remembers the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605. On that night some people plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the King inside. In the evening people light large fires called ‘bonfires’, burn figures called ‘Guys’, eat food like baked potatoes and watch fireworks displays.
The CCL team will be at Midsummer Common in Cambridge tonight to watch the fireworks. Come along if you’re in the city! If you aren’t, then here are some useful resources for finding out more about the festival.
…and here is a fun video explainer
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all our Chinese friends from everyone at CCL.
If you aren’t sure what Mid-Autumn Festival is, here is a pack of resources from The British Council and The Times Educational Supplement.
CCL was proud to participate in and sponsor the 2018 Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival which was held on Jesus Green on 17th June.
The event was held to celebrate cultural diversity in Cambridge and raise funds for East Anglia Children’s Hospices. A number of distinguished guests attended the event, including a representative from the Queen, The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Dr. Andrew Harter, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Mr. Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire, Mayor of Cambridge, Mr. Nigel Gawthrope, and ex-mayor of Cambridge, Mr. George Pippas.
The event attracted thousands of attendees, with 16 teams in the dragon boat race, nearly 20 performances and 15 food stalls. CCL was proud to support this event and raise funds for E.A.C.H. It is worth mentioning Cambridge University dragon boat team won the Oxford University dragon boat team.
More media coverage of this event can be seen on http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2018-06-18/dragon-boat-race-helps-raise-cash-for-hospice-charity/
Thanks to everyone who entered our video competition, and the 50 people who voted over the weekend. We now have a winner! Everyone please give a warm round of applause to…..
Mikhail wins a free two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018 (visa and flight tickets not included)
In second place we have Angela!
Angela wins the tuition fees of a two-week English summer camp in Cambridge in 2018!
Congratulations Mikhail and Angela! We look forward to seeing you both this summer. And thanks to everyone who participated in the competition.
One of the many things that make England slightly unusual is that we don’t have a ‘National Day’ or an ‘Independence Day’. The closest thing we have is the day of our patron saint, St George, though it isn’t a national holiday, and many people may not even be aware of it.
The real Saint George was a Greek Roman soldier who lived in what is now Turkey about 1700 years ago. The Saint George more familiar to English people is a mythological version – a brave knight who killed an evil child-eating dragon. The national flag of England is the St George’s Cross, shown above. It is one of the three flags that make up the British flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.
Today is also United Nations English Language Day. The 23rd of April was chosen because it is the date “traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare”. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.