French with a Beginners' Language
This course allows you to explore the language, literature, theatre, film, and linguistics of French, and gives you the opportunity to study another European language at a beginners level.
Over the first two days, you will focus on French - a language you already study at A-level (or can speak to an equivalent level). There will be sessions to hone your language skills and knowledge of grammar, as well as lectures and seminars introducing you to an exciting array of topics in literature, culture, or linguistics, from the medieval period to the present day.
Over the following two days, you will be given the opportunity to study an unfamiliar language from scratch: either German, Italian, Portuguese or Russian. This is a great opportunity to learn some beginners’ grammar and new phrases, and to explore a new culture through its literature, film, or linguistics.
Our aim is to give you a taste of what it is really like to study Modern Languages at Oxford, and to give you a sense of the breadth of our courses – including the languages you can study here as a beginner.
Over the week, you will also have the chance to use the world famous Taylorian and Bodleian libraries for private study. You will be expected to do some preparatory reading before the course: the short texts will be sent to all successful applicants in early June. Following sessions that will explore some of the key themes and contexts for the set texts, you will have the chance to test and flesh out your ideas in seminars or tutorial-style discussions.