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The Language Centre


When you come to the Language Centre at MMU, you will be working with a great team of professional and experienced teachers who want you to ensure you have the communication skills you need for your next step:  whether that’s a university course, part of your professional development, a study tour to the UK  or a business trip.   We offer a range of expertise teaching English and academics skills for students,  communication skills for business professionals and academics, and other languages.

Our Pre-sessional  courses are ideal for motivated students who want to make rapid progress in English and develop the academic skills needed for success at university.

All our courses are designed to:

  • develop your English in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • increase your understanding of grammar in communicative contexts;
  • increase your active vocabulary
  • and improve your pronunciation while also developing skills in critical thinking and research.

You’ll also get all the benefits of studying English at one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK. We also offer study tours that help you improve your English Language skills while you learn about the Manchester and British culture.


Our professional communication courses are aimed at academics whose first language is not English, to allow you to communicate effectively in the classroom, at conferences or in writing.

We also offer short courses for business professionals in the Manchester area to show you how to use English for impact in various business settings. We want you to feel at home in the busy city of Manchester and a part of the MMU community so that you can enjoy your time with us and make clear progress towards your personal goals. Our international students each receive lots of personal attention, professional support and study advice, to help them make a smooth transition to studying in the UK. Our professional courses combine insights from the Language Department’s  academic programmes in teaching languages and linguistics to make them relevant for today’s changing communication needs. Language is the gateway to culture and new opportunities — the centre is here to support your journey.


Why study in Manchester?

Manchester is a great city for international students. It’s a famous centre of industry, finance and leisure, and is full of interesting things to do and historic places to visit, and offers many special festivals throughout the year. You won’t be bored here.

Our English language courses are designed to enable you to maximise this very special opportunity to live and study in a different country and culture. We will help you explore the city, discover the history, and feel at home here.


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The British Council Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see for details).

The English language teaching department of this university offers courses in general, academic and professional English for adults and for closed groups of adults.

In our most recent inspection points of excellence were noted in course design, learner training, teaching and pastoral care.