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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: German. Franz Kafka’s short story ‘Der Kaufmann’.
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.
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…
Creative Multilingualism Resources
The Creative Multilingualism programme creates resources that emphasise the role of creativity in language learning. Teachers may find the links below of interest when planning creative lessons:
- We are Children of the World — most suitable for Key Stage 2. Creative Multilingualism commissioned a choral piece by composer Lin Marsh, in order to showcase the many diverse languages spoken in UK schools. The piece features folk songs in seven different languages: Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Swahili and Urdu. Here are all the resources you need to teach the song, including musical score, backing track and Powerpoint guides to learning the piece, which teach you each section of the song line-by-line. You’re free to use and perform the song – all they ask is that you let them know when you do use it by emailing.
- The Multilingual Performance Project aims to build confidence among MFL teachers in conducting creative work in school, increasing awareness of the creative dimension of languages, and generating enthusiasm for language learning. You can find out more about the project here or download a starter pack here.
- A collaboration with the Oxford Playhouse led to a workshop on multilingual drama activities. You can watch videos of these activities here. These simple drama exercises can easily be adapted for reinforcing vocabulary or encouraging listening skills. They are most suitable for Key Stage 3 but are quite flexible.