This course allows you to explore the language, literature, theatre, film, and linguistics of Spanish, and gives you the opportunity to try out four other European languages at beginners' level.
Over the first two days, you will focus on Spanish - 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 introductory sessions in literature and culture from the early modern period to the present day. On the second day, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a poetry seminar with students from other languages, which will introduce you to the kind of activity you may be asked to complete in an Oxford Modern Languages interview.
During the later part of the week, you will be given the opportunity to have a taste of two unfamiliar languages taken from scratch, from a choice of German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. This is a great opportunity to learn some beginners' grammar and new phrases, and to explore their associated cultures.
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 several of the languages you can study here as a beginner.
There will be no preparatory reading, but you will receive a handout at the beginning of the week with copies of the short texts that will be studied in each session. Across the week, you will have the opportunity to engage with world-leading academics in the field of Hispanic studies, and to test and flesh out your ideas with them through group discussions.