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09:00
Relational Database Design Finished 09:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This course gives a simple introduction to organizing your data in a relational database. It aims to explain the arranging of your data. It does not deal with specific relational databases systems such as Access, Oracle or SQL Server, or the technical tools that you would or could use to set up your database. The course aims to provide you with enough information to sit down and design your database, regardless of the database product that you intend to use. Exercises will be done on paper, without using computers.

Voice and Pronunciation for Non-native English Speakers Finished 09:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03a


Is English not your first language?

Would you like to incorporate Standard English pronunciation into your everyday speech?

This course will look at the differences and similarities between your natural accent and that of Standard English. It will help to maintain positive aspects of your natural accent whilst enabling you to be easily understood by native English speakers.

JTC: Speaking practice for learners of German Finished 09:00 - 09:20 John Trim Centre

A chance to practice German conversation/pronunciation with a volunteer native speaker

09:20
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of German Finished 09:20 - 09:40 John Trim Centre

A chance to practice German conversation/pronunciation with a volunteer native speaker

09:30
Lifting and Manual Handling Finished 09:30 - 11:00 Greenwich House, Jaffna Room

This awareness training is for all staff who are regularly involved in moving and carrying loads and setting up equipment etc. The course involves theory, video and a practical demonstration by the instructor.

Also available to deliver in departments and colleges where a more bespoke course maybe useful. See Unscheduled events for more details.

Inclusive Leadership Programme new (2 of 4) In progress 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

This programme is designed to support academic, research and professional service leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. It will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and provide techniques they can use to effectively manage a diverse range of perspectives and create an inclusive culture across the University. Those with responsibility for others have a key role to play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality, including pay equality. Given the University's strategic priorities, it is critical that leaders and managers understand the impact of their decisions throughout the employment timeline and know how to reduce the risk of sex, race or other discrimination, whether explicit or implicit.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Pearn Kandola, experts in evidence-based inclusive leadership development.

CULP: French Intermediate 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 09:30 - 11:30 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 1

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 1 level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available on our website.

An introduction to long-read sequencing new (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 17:00 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

Analysis of whole genome data unearths a multitude of variants of different classes, which need to be filtered, annotated and validated to arrive at a causative variant for a disease. The current short length sequences, whilst being excellent at identifying single nucleotide variants and short insertions/deletions, struggle to correctly map structural variants (SVs). Long-read sequencing technologies offer improvements in the characterisation of genetic variation and regions that are difficult to assess with short-read sequences.

The aim of this course is to familiarise participants with long read sequencing technologies, their applications and the bioinformatics tools used to assemble this kind of data. Lectures will introduce this technology and provide insight into methods for the analysis of genomic data, while the hands-on sessions will allow participants to run analysis pipelines, focusing on data generated by the Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) platform.

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

09:40
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of German Finished 09:40 - 10:00 John Trim Centre

A chance to practice German conversation/pronunciation with a volunteer native speaker

10:00
CULP: Italian Basic for Academic Purposes (LAP) (12 of 15) In progress 10:00 - 11:30 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 4

This course will start at Basic level and move quickly through the basics of Italian grammar. Students with some background in the Italian language (Intermediate level) are most welcome to join the group in January (Lent term) when we start reading more complex, original texts.

Using close reading and translation of academic texts from their particular discipline, this weekly class is intended to help research students in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences to develop their skills in reading Italian documents that they have come across or may meet in their research.

Students will be encouraged to bring along their own texts and work in pairs to enhance the learning experience. For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

Writing Your First Year Report (Physical Sciences & Technology) Finished 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03c

It’s that time of year: the report is looming on the horizon and the reality of writing is here!

Aimed at first-year PhD students, with little or no academic writing experience. This course focuses on helping you develop good writing habits and become a more efficient writer. It is designed to get you thinking and to get working effectively on your end-of-first-year report / Certificate of Postgraduate Studies.

Please note, this is a beginners course, so if you already have experience in writing for academic purposes, this course might not be for you.


Outcomes:

  • Understand the form and function of the first-year report
  • Start planning the structure of your report
  • Experience the benefits of editing and providing feedback on writing
Effective Strategies For Managing Your Research Data (Advanced Session) Finished 10:00 - 12:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 12

If you already know the basics of Research Data Management (RDM) – for example backing up your work, file storage options - but now need to know more about effective strategies for sharing your data, then this course is for you!

This course gives a brief recap on RDM and then covers managing personal and sensitive data in the context of the new GDPR legislation, why it is a Good Thing to share your data, and how to do this most effectively in terms of describing your data, deciding where to share it, and using licences to control how your data is used by others. You will even get to write your own Data Management Plan (DMP): these help you manage your data throughout a project and after it has ended and are increasingly required as part of a grant or fellowship application. You will also learn about the range of support services available to you within the University for managing your data.

If you are completely new to the concept of research data management then the beginners course is for you.

Advanced Presentation Skills (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room CG18

Presenting is a crucial skill for researchers, yet it is often something that even experienced scholars struggle with. This interactive workshop is designed for people who already have some experience of presenting and the basic principles involved, but would like to develop their skills in this area to a higher level.

This workshop provides the opportunity for practical experience of presenting within a supportive environment. During the workshop, you will be given time to design and deliver a short (5-10 minutes) presentation to a small audience comprised of your fellow researchers.


This course is designed for students with some presentation experience. It is possible to attend this course as an individual workshop, although we would recommend that you try to attend the series starting with the Basic Presentation Skills course.

11:00
CULP: French Advanced charged (12 of 15) In progress 11:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At advanced level the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

One of the aims of the advanced level courses is also presentation skills as the courses aim to cater for the academic needs (i.e. research, conferences) of the students.

More detailed information is available on our website.

NB: Advanced courses are official, award-bearing University qualifications.

Please also note that the certificates and transcripts are usually issued in July.

11:15
English: Speaking Skills: Pronunciation Skills (5 of 7) In progress 11:15 - 13:15 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

This course is intended for non-native speakers who wish to improve their pronunciation skills. Each week there will be an introduction to an aspect of English pronunciation with opportunities to practise, both individually and in groups, and also to work with the teacher.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
11:30
An Introduction to Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment Finished 11:30 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Minsk Room

This training is intended for staff and post graduate students who regularly use DSE to help prevent or reduce the risk of possible health problems arising from computer use. The training is also aimed at those responsible within departments for assisting with the DSE risk assessment process. The course will provide an understanding of the DSE Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002) and discuss employer's and employee's duties regarding the assessment of DSE workstations. There will be theory and a practical demonstration. The training will allow time to discuss some of the common health problems and concerns that may be associated with poor workstation set-up with examples of possible solutions.

CULP: German Advanced Plus charged (12 of 15) In progress 11:30 - 13:30 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 4

The concept underpinning this course is one of fostering the learning of higher Advanced German language through listening (mainly films), reading (mainly literature), speaking and writing (both film and literature).

Every session will offer a choice of extracts either from the German* literary canon or from critically acclaimed films, or indeed both, which illustrate the session’s theme. These passages will be analysed by means of listening, reading and communicative exercises and will lead to a discussion about their aesthetic, wider cultural, historical and political implications and relevance today.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre website.

12:00
JTC: Intermediate English Conversation Hours charged (4 of 6) In progress 12:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 3

The Intermediate Conversation Hours are a great way to practice the spoken English of everyday life. They are suitable for learners comfortable in spoken interaction at level B1 and above. The weekly sessions encourage a relaxed and fun approach to communication designed to both aid interaction and build confidence.

If the course is already 'in progress' please click on 'register your interest' in order to book a place.

Cost for 6 sessions

£31 Students, £41 Staff, £51 Partners and Visiting Scholars

JTC: 1-to-1 Language Learning Advice new Finished 12:00 - 12:30 John Trim Centre

A 30 minute appointment with a Language Adviser to explore opportunities and resources to help you with your plans and aims for your language learning. We advise on learning strategies across a range of 180+ languages in our learning centre. Click here to view our current index of languages.

These appointments are for advice on learning languages other than English. Should you want support for language skills in English, please do not book into one of these appointments but send your request to adtis@langcen.cam.ac.uk instead.

(Please note that if you are seeking advice about our taught courses, you are encouraged to drop in to the Language Centre or book early in the term rather than wait for an appointment. See our website for details.)

Advising appointments can be used to:

  • Decide on your short term and longer term goals
  • Discuss learning strategies for independent language study
  • Formulate a personal learning plan
  • Evaluate your progress so far and identify your next steps
  • Tackle more challenging aspects of your language learning, e.g., strategies for developing listening
  • Talk about ways of shaping a self-study session
  • Explore resources in specialist areas
  • Consider how taught course options in Cambridge can fit in to a longer term plan
  • Find out more about intensive language courses abroad
12:15
Caring4Elders Workshops new (2 of 3) In progress 12:15 - 13:15 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

An Elderly Person in your life! An opportunity for individuals to explore positive approaches to preparing for and responding to the unexpected changes & challenges that occur as they include the increasing needs of an elderly person into your lifestyle. This includes those elderly people who are independent as well as those with specific needs.

Workshops to help you prepare participants for the future and respond to current challenges through informal networking and input from our experienced facilitators. The materials are delivered over 3 x 1-hour sessions:

  • Prepared to Care
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Problem Solving

All participants receive a pack with key information to improve their links to the elderly person.

Focus on you and your wellbeing Caring4Elders participants confirm the value of time to reflect on their approach to incorporating the practical and emotional changes that occur as an elderly person becomes less independent. Participants have all asked for more time to continue the network at the end of the workshops which have been offered in the East of England since 2017

12:00 Venue open

12:15 Workshop commences

13:15 Workshop finish

13:15 - 14:00 Time for informal questions and discussion

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS

12:30
JTC: 1-to-1 Language Learning Advice new Finished 12:30 - 13:00 John Trim Centre

A 30 minute appointment with a Language Adviser to explore opportunities and resources to help you with your plans and aims for your language learning. We advise on learning strategies across a range of 180+ languages in our learning centre. Click here to view our current index of languages.

These appointments are for advice on learning languages other than English. Should you want support for language skills in English, please do not book into one of these appointments but send your request to adtis@langcen.cam.ac.uk instead.

(Please note that if you are seeking advice about our taught courses, you are encouraged to drop in to the Language Centre or book early in the term rather than wait for an appointment. See our website for details.)

Advising appointments can be used to:

  • Decide on your short term and longer term goals
  • Discuss learning strategies for independent language study
  • Formulate a personal learning plan
  • Evaluate your progress so far and identify your next steps
  • Tackle more challenging aspects of your language learning, e.g., strategies for developing listening
  • Talk about ways of shaping a self-study session
  • Explore resources in specialist areas
  • Consider how taught course options in Cambridge can fit in to a longer term plan
  • Find out more about intensive language courses abroad
13:00
JTC: Intermediate Spanish Conversation Hours new charged (4 of 6) In progress 13:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 1

If you are an intermediate level learner and would like the chance to improve your speaking skills in a relaxed and informal setting, then this opportunity might interest you.

Come along and take it in turns to choose a conversation topic of personal interest each week. This could be one that's familiar to you but you want to practise more. Devise 4-5 questions to get the conversation started. Example topics could be holidays, food, traditions or hobbies. **If you are at the stage where you would like to discuss newspaper articles/current affairs, please attend the Advanced Conversation Hour.**

Receive feedback on your pronunciation and accuracy, and try stretching yourself further.

Suitable for those who have completed an intermediate 1 Spanish CULP course or those who have a B1 level in the CEFR.

If the course is already 'in progress' please click on 'register your interest' in order to book a place.

Know Moore About: Predatory Publishers new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Pink Study Room

This session will look at the 'problem' of so-called predatory publishers. These firms regularly approach researchers via email to solicit manuscripts and conference papers and with the increased emphasis on publishing as a measure of success it can be easy to give into temptation. This session will look at whether these publishers are a problem, how to spot a potential predatory publisher or conference and the best action to take if you are approached.

MMLL Library: Beyond Reading Lists - French new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages - Room 326

This session is designed to introduce MMLL undergraduates to key electronic resources and databases relating to their studies. It includes an overview of University subscriptions, and an introduction to a number of selected resources recommended by each subject specialist that may be helpful in their studies.

13:15
Finance Division Knowledge Bites - Remote Access new (1 of 2) Finished 13:15 - 14:00 Greenwich House, Jaffna Room

If you wish or need to work from home or away from the University's network for any reason, you may need to connect to the University's VPN or Remote Access systems. This talk will help you understand how this works and what you can do with it.

TALK
13:15 - 14:00
A demonstration of the different ways in which you can access emails, shared drives, and software on your PC while away from the office.

OPTIONAL - SUPPORT
14:00-14:30
After the talk there will be a short window of opportunity to ask for assistance with setting up your own remote access if you bring your device along.
Please select to attend the optional session when you book if you think you will require this support.

13:30
JTC: English speaking practice new Finished 13:30 - 13:50 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

13:45
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 13:45 - 14:45 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room BG04


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

13:50
JTC: English speaking practice new Finished 13:50 - 14:10 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

14:00

FS1 - Successful Completion of a Research Degree An hour devoted to a discussion of how to plan your time effectively on a day to day basis, how to produce a dissertation/thesis (from first year report to MPhil to PhD) and the essential requirements of an experimental section.

FS2 - Dignity@Study The University of Cambridge is committed to protecting the dignity of staff, students, visitors to the University, and all members of the University community in their work and their interactions with others. The University expects all members of the University community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times. All members of the University community have the right to expect professional behaviour from others, and a corresponding responsibility to behave professionally towards others. Nick will explore what this means for graduate students in this Department with an opportunity to ask questions more informally.

This is a compulsory session for 1st year postgraduates.

CULP: German Intermediate 2 for Academic Purposes (LAP) - primarily for Classicists (12 of 15) In progress 14:00 - 15:30 Faculty of Classics, Room 2.03

PLEASE NOTE: This course is PRIMARILY FOR CLASSICISTS.

This weekly class is intended to help research students in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences to develop their skills in reading German documents they need to deal with in their research. Each session will be divided into two parts:

The first part will consist of grammar, tasks to develop insight into the reading process, help with dealing with complex sentence structures, academic conventions, abbreviations, etc.

The second part will be devoted to the translation of original German texts from different periods and covering a range of topics. Each week you will be asked to attempt a translation into English of a German passage. Students will be encouraged to bring along German texts from their own research to translate.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

DRC: Libraries: Making them Accessible to Disabled People Finished 14:00 - 17:00 Greenwich House, Kyoto Room

This course is run and the trainers provided by the Disability Resource Centre


Disabled people face a range of barriers to their effective use of libraries, yet they are an important resource in enabling students to participate in study. This course will explore ways of accommodating disabled library users and help you to develop a plan for enhancing the service you offer. Libraries too have responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and this course will help you to achieve this.

Being an ethical researcher (Engineering Energy Technology/Nuclear Energy Mphil) Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Department of Engineering, Hopkinson MPhil Centre

A Being An Ethical Researcher session for Energy Tech / Nuclear Energy MPhil students

An introduction to research ethics and integrity, discussing ethical considerations in research, how to conduct ethical research and a practical approach to ethical review process.

Webinars & Web Conferencing: Broadcast Your Talk & Collaborate in Meetings new Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

This introduction to web conferencing and webinars will include an overview and test of some paid, freemium and free solutions for virtual meetings, seminars/webinars, streaming/web casting, interviews, presentations and instructor-led courses and training. These systems provide various options enabling organisers to create, deliver, manage, support and track discussions and courses, while supporting interactions that can replicate some or much of the in-person experience.

A review of systems will indicate differing features and selective options for additional collaboration via polls, quizzes, breakout rooms for larger and diverse groups, as well as flexible whiteboard and desktop sharing. While sharing some similarities with instant messaging systems, including wide support for mobile and other networked devices, web conferencing systems also can provide options for recordings and lecture capture, one-way talks and webinars, and a range of add-ons and programmability to customise for specialised requirements.

Medicine: Managing Your Bibliography (for University and NHS) Finished 14:00 - 16:00 Clinical School, Medical Library, Library Training Room

How to take the bile out of your bibliography, and ensure that it's not the most time-consuming part of your work. A variety of tools will be showcased: EndNote, EndNoteWeb, Zotero, Mendeley.

JTC: Advanced French Conversation Hours charged (4 of 6) In progress 14:00 - 15:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 1

This conversation hour offers learners with an independent conversational ability (B2 level upwards) a chance to practise speaking French with others in a relaxed and informal group led by a native-speaker facilitator. The content of the sessions is decided by the participants, with members taking turns to propose a topic and source materials (newspaper articles, web-links, videos etc.) to use as a basis for discussion. The groups are ideal for those who wish to retain or improve upon the language skills they already have or for those studying for a language degree who would like another forum for interaction at advanced level.

Participants from French Advanced CULP are warmly invited to attend the French Conversation Hour.

If the course is already 'in progress' please click on 'register your interest' in order to book a place.

Finance Division Knowledge Bites - Remote Access new (2 of 2) Finished 14:00 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Jaffna Room

If you wish or need to work from home or away from the University's network for any reason, you may need to connect to the University's VPN or Remote Access systems. This talk will help you understand how this works and what you can do with it.

TALK
13:15 - 14:00
A demonstration of the different ways in which you can access emails, shared drives, and software on your PC while away from the office.

OPTIONAL - SUPPORT
14:00-14:30
After the talk there will be a short window of opportunity to ask for assistance with setting up your own remote access if you bring your device along.
Please select to attend the optional session when you book if you think you will require this support.

14:10
JTC: English speaking practice new Finished 14:10 - 14:30 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

14:30
Mindfulness Workshop: Productive Decisions Finished 14:30 - 16:00 Student Counselling Service


Mindfulness Workshop: Productive Decisions - Making mindful choices that support your goals and wellbeing

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one-four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.


Please do not book on to the same session twice.


View complete timetable here

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness Workshop: Better Sleep
Mindfulness Workshop: Keeping Calm
Mindfulness Workshop: Improving Attention

14:45
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 14:45 - 15:45 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room BG04


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

15:00
CULP: Spanish Basic 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Russian Basic 1 charged (11 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 4

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available from on our website.

CULP: French Basic 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 1

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available on our website.

CULP: French Intermediate 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 4

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At intermediate 2 level, the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

More detailed information is available on our website.

CULP: German Basic 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 3

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available on our website.

CULP: Turkish Basic 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 15:00 - 17:00 Faculty of History, Seminar Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please go to the Language Centre CULP page.

JTC: 1-to-1 Language Learning Advice new CANCELLED 15:00 - 15:30 John Trim Centre

A 30 minute appointment with a Language Adviser to explore opportunities and resources to help you with your plans and aims for your language learning. We advise on learning strategies across a range of 180+ languages in our learning centre. Click here to view our current index of languages.

These appointments are for advice on learning languages other than English. Should you want support for language skills in English, please do not book into one of these appointments but send your request to adtis@langcen.cam.ac.uk instead.

(Please note that if you are seeking advice about our taught courses, you are encouraged to drop in to the Language Centre or book early in the term rather than wait for an appointment. See our website for details.)

Advising appointments can be used to:

  • Decide on your short term and longer term goals
  • Discuss learning strategies for independent language study
  • Formulate a personal learning plan
  • Evaluate your progress so far and identify your next steps
  • Tackle more challenging aspects of your language learning, e.g., strategies for developing listening
  • Talk about ways of shaping a self-study session
  • Explore resources in specialist areas
  • Consider how taught course options in Cambridge can fit in to a longer term plan
  • Find out more about intensive language courses abroad
JTC: English speaking practice new Finished 15:00 - 15:20 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

15:15
CULP: Portuguese Basic for Academic Purposes (LAP) (13 of 23) In progress 15:15 - 16:45 Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building Room 204

These Portuguese reading courses are designed for researchers, graduate students and staff who have a particular interest in Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese or Lusophone language, culture and heritage.

They offer linguistic tools that will enable students to comprehend complex texts and produce critical readings and interpretations.

The classes are going to be conducted primarily in English, even though there will be plenty of opportunity for oral and listening practice. The courses feature a listening and speaking component as to prepare student to conduct field work in Portuguese.

The Basic course does not require any knowledge of the language while the prerequisite for the Intermediate course is a CEFR A2 level. The courses offer the possibility of progression and Basic students are strongly encouraged to continue with the Intermediate course.

Please note that these courses are attended by a number of very able, Spanish speaking students of Latin American studies and that the class dynamics are likely to be fast paced. For the rest of the students this might be challenging but also very rewarding and conducive to sound progress.

The courses will start from a Basic level and will aim at:

  • Solidifying strategies of reading of academic texts;
  • Recognition of the compositional structures of the texts;
  • Recognition of basic use of Portuguese grammar units The students will be asked to perform weekly readings of a wide variety of texts.

Alongside that, they will be requested to do grammar exercises related to the basic structures of the language, such as verbs and their complements.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

15:20
JTC: English speaking practice new Finished 15:20 - 15:40 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

15:30
Amicus Yellow Box Searching for new starters Finished 15:30 - 16:30 Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations, Training Room Suite 2

Yellow Box Searching is 'advanced searching' in Amicus. You can use it to find specific selections of data or contacts from within Amicus. Many Amicus users use yellow box search in the first step to creating a mailing or inviting contacts to an event. This session will be an introduction to Yellow Box Searching for anyone who has just gained access to Amicus.

15:40
JTC: English speaking practice new Finished 15:40 - 16:00 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

15:45
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 15:45 - 16:45 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room BG04


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

15:50
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of French Finished 15:50 - 16:10 John Trim Centre

A chance to practice French conversation/pronunciation with a volunteer native speaker.

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not consecutively.

16:10
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of French Finished 16:10 - 16:30 John Trim Centre

A chance to practice French conversation/pronunciation with a volunteer native speaker.

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not consecutively.

16:30
Mindfulness Workshop: Better Sleep Finished 16:30 - 18:00 Student Counselling Service

Please not that these courses are only for University of Cambridge students (undergraduate and postgraduate), who are affiliated to a Cambridge college.

This is one of four "Mindfulness Workshop" sessions. You can attend one - four of these sessions as you wish, in any order. Although not designed as a course, the four sessions are complimentary and cover different aspects of mindfulness.


Please do not book on to the same session twice.

View complete timetable here

The other sessions are as follows:
Mindfulness Workshop: Keeping Calm
Mindfulness Workshop: Improving Attention
Mindfulness Workshop: Productive Decisions

JTC: Speaking practice for learners of French Finished 16:30 - 16:50 John Trim Centre

A chance to practice French conversation/pronunciation with a volunteer native speaker.

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not consecutively.

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CULP: Russian Intermediate 1 charged (11 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 4

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At intermediate 1 level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please go to the Language Centre CULP page.

CULP: Spanish Advanced charged (12 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At an advanced level, the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

One of the aims of the advanced level courses is also presentation skills as the courses aim to cater for the academic needs (i.e. research, conferences) of the students.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

NB: Advanced courses are official, award-bearing University qualifications.

Please also note that the certificates and transcripts are usually issued in July.

CULP: Portuguese Intermediate 1 for Academic Purposes (LAP) (13 of 23) In progress 17:00 - 18:30 Centre of Latin American Studies, Alison Richard Building Room 204

These Portuguese reading courses are designed for researchers, graduate students and staff who have a particular interest in Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese or Lusophone language, culture and heritage.

They offer linguistic tools that will enable students to comprehend complex texts and produce critical readings and interpretations.

The classes are going to be conducted primarily in English, even though there will be plenty of opportunity for oral and listening practice. The courses feature a listening and speaking component as to prepare student to conduct field work in Portuguese.

The Basic course does not require any knowledge of the language while the prerequisite for the Intermediate course is a CEFR A2 level. The courses offer the possibility of progression and Basic students are strongly encouraged to continue with the Intermediate course.

Please note that these courses are attended by a number of very able, Spanish speaking students of Latin American studies and that the class dynamics are likely to be fast paced. For the rest of the students this might be challenging but also very rewarding and conducive to sound progress.

The courses will start from a Basic level and will aim at:

  • Solidifying strategies of reading of academic texts;
  • Recognition of the compositional structures of the texts;
  • Recognition of basic use of Portuguese grammar units The students will be asked to perform weekly readings of a wide variety of texts.

Alongside that, they will be requested to do grammar exercises related to the basic structures of the language, such as verbs and their complements.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Turkish Basic 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 Faculty of History, Seminar Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please go to the Language Centre CULP page.

CULP: Arabic Basic 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 Faculty of English, GR04

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Japanese Basic 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 1

The courses are delivered in a blended-learning mode, face-to-face and online through CamTools (the Cambridge University virtual learning environment). The focus is on spoken, oral/aural communicative competence. Students are required to attend to online multimedia materials and read the proscribed texts in their own time so that the classroom time is dedicated to face-to-face communication/discussion.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Spanish Basic 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 4

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Russian Finished 17:00 - 17:20 John Trim Centre

Speaking practice with a Russian native-speaker volunteer

17:20
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Russian Finished 17:20 - 17:40 John Trim Centre

Speaking practice with a Russian native-speaker volunteer

17:40
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Russian Finished 17:40 - 18:00 John Trim Centre

Speaking practice with a Russian native-speaker volunteer

19:00
CULP: French Advanced charged (12 of 15) In progress 19:00 - 21:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 4

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At advanced level the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

One of the aims of the advanced level courses is also presentation skills as the courses aim to cater to the academic needs (i.e. research, conferences) of the students.

More detailed information is available on our website.

NB: Advanced courses are official, award-bearing University qualifications.

Please also note that the certificates and transcripts are usually issued in July.

CULP: Japanese Basic 1 charged (12 of 15) In progress 19:00 - 21:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 1

The courses are delivered in a blended-learning mode, face-to-face and online through CamTools (the Cambridge University virtual learning environment). The focus is on spoken, oral/aural communicative competence. Students are required to attend to online multimedia materials and read the proscribed texts in their own time so that the classroom time is dedicated to face-to-face communication/discussion.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary 2 charged (12 of 15) In progress 19:00 - 21:00 17 Mill Lane Teaching Room 2

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.