Mission and vision

Language Centre

We aim to respond to the language needs of students in their academic disciplines and provide a foundation in the skills of independent learning and critical thinking that are at the core of university study in a western environment.

The Language Centre’s mission is to develop the ability of its students at all levels of study to become proficient foreign language users (or proficient users of other languages) through an established programme of languages and literacies teaching and support.

We are dedicated to maximising students' linguistic competence and academic potential through professional language training and continuous study support.


  • Provide entry pathways into the Centre that allow for differentiation in teaching, according to students individual requirements
  • Provide consistent high-quality teaching to students in the areas of language and learning
  • Provide on-going opportunities for students to develop effective strategies for independent, life-long learning
  • Develop and implement effective quality assurance mechanisms in order to promote international best practice
  • Develop a network of communication that allows for the expertise of all members of the Centre to be utilised in decision making, particularly in areas of teaching and assessment
  • Develop a network of communication that allows for dialogue between the Centre and the other academic departments of the University with the aim of both enhancing the curriculum and also contributing actively to an English language co-curriculum
  • Advance knowledge of language learning and teaching through research and scholarly activity
  • Provide a stimulating and fulfilling workplace that respects cultural and individual diversity
  • Equip XJTLU students with the linguistic and independent thinking skills necessary to prosper in a competitive international academic environment
  • Develop students’ critical reading and thinking skills whilst transitioning them from high school to an active learning and university environment.

“As transnational education continues to be the driving force of the internationalisation of higher education, English as an academic lingua franca remains important in ensuring its success. The Language Centre aims to make sure that XJTLU remains at the forefront of innovation of teaching in this exciting environment.”
Dr Stuart Perrin