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Modern Languages at Oxford

About the Course

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Modern Languages. Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the 'University of Oxford Studying Modern Languages' provides practical training in written and spoken language and an extensive introduction to European thought and literature. In this course, students will learn to speak and write the language and have the option to study linguistics, advanced translation, film studies and subsidiary languages depending on the course they choose.

Modern Languages at Oxford

Modern Languages have been taught in the University of Oxford since 1724. The faculty at Oxford is one of the largest in the country with approximately 250 students a year (comprising joint courses). Undergraduate students may use the Taylor Institution Library. It is one of the largest libraries in Britain devoted to modern languages.

The university has a modern and well-equipped Language Centre received special praise in the last Teaching Quality Assessment. The university has a library of self-instructional course in all chief European languages and an ample collection of reference works, video materials and listening comprehension. Some of the materials specifically tailored and designed to the needs of Modern Languages students.

The course aims at teaching spoken fluency in colloquial and more formal situations, the ability to translate into and out of the foreign language with sensitivity and accuracy to a range of styles, vocabulary and registers and the ability to write essays in a foreign language.

The course lays emphasis upon studying literature as this study is linguistically enriching, enjoyable, personally and intellectually challenging. It provides students an understanding of other cultures, which cannot be obtained solely through learning the language. This study leads students into areas such as popular culture, gender issues, theatre studies, anthropology, aesthetics, art history, history, ethics, politics, philosophy, theology and psychology.

Students can either study a chronological or wide range of literature or focus their studies on the early modern, medieval or the modern period right up to the present day. This undergraduate course also provides students a broad range of options in non-literary subjects comprising philology, linguistics, film studies and advanced translation.

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