Digital Resources

Virtual Book Club

Our virtual book club launched in January 2018. Click here to see a playlist of the episodes. If you would like to sign up or receive more information or a copy of the texts, both in the original language and in an English translation, please email us at

  • Episode 1: Russian. An extract from Boris Pilnyak’s Goly god (The Naked Year).
  • Episode 2: French. An extract from Suzanne Dracius’s La Virago.
  • Episode 3: Italian. A poem by Patrizia Cavalli, ‘Se io ora bussassi alla tua porta’.
  • Episode 4: Portuguese. A poem by Maria Manuela Margarido, ‘Paisagem’.
  • Episode 5 will be on German…

Literary Skills

We run an annual French masterclass in literary skills for sixth-formers in local state schools. However, if you are not based in Oxfordshire and would still be interested in some of the content of this masterclass, you might like to view our recorded introductions to some key literary features. These introductions give an overview of the skills covered during the masterclass.

What’s it like to study Languages at Oxford?

We’ve grouped together a collection of videos that explore Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford, covering topics like an introduction to the subject and joint degrees with Modern Languages, the Oxford tutorial, and the admissions process, including the interview. Check them out here.

Why Languages?

In January 2018, the Medieval and Modern Languages team  had the pleasure of meeting a group of Year 9 students from several schools across Oxfordshire for an afternoon of languages workshops. At the end of the afternoon, Dr Simon Kemp, who teaches French at Somerville College, gave us an overview of Modern Languages at university. If you are considering languages as an option at degree level, take a look below at Simon’s presentation…

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