Skills toolkit: worth going if you are a research student / researcher

** IT & Library skills and services for your research **

A free hands-on workshop for research students, in 8th week of Michaelmas Term and 1st week of Hilary Term.

An opportunity to learn about a broad range of resources in one time-efficient session.

Each two-hour session focuses on the skills and tools that will streamline your academic work. You will encounter a variety of online tools and services to support your research. Relevant software, online services and libraries techniques are on offer for you to try out.

You will also meet with subject specialists for help and guidance on further training. Read more at

Booking for these workshops is open, book your place now!

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OPAL learners: past examinations in the library

Yes yes, the time has come to start revising for your end of term examination.

We have past papers of this examination in the library, from the year 2011 onward.

Those are in folders below the magazine and newspapers’ table and photocopying is FREE of charge (but think about all those trees you can save by just sitting for the examination in one of our study rooms, available in the library)



PS At the moment our photocopier is not working (broke it myself but with no intention of sabotaging it!) but it should work again soon. In any case you can use the photocopier on the ground floor. Ask at reception.

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Paid research posts available for graduates with language skills!

The Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom is looking for graduate students to work with Professor Timothy Garton Ash on Free Speech Debate. This is a multilingual, global online research project on free speech, concentrated on the 13-language website, which students are encouraged to visit.

We are looking for students with native-speaker language skills in English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Chinese, Turkish, German, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Farsi, Japanese and Urdu. We are also looking for students with expertise in the study of freedom of expression (including law, both common law and continental European law, philosophy, and other disciplines), journalism (including experience of online editing), the internet, the use of social media and open educational resources.

Hours are flexible and the position is paid at the research assistance rate of £12.50/hour. We would very much prefer students who would be here until the end of the academic year 2015/16 (i.e., summer 2016), although others may also apply. You would be working with a stimulating and diverse team. For more details and to apply please email, attaching CV and indicating native-speaker languages and other relevant expertise.  Application deadline is 5th December. Interviews for those shortlisted will be held in early January.

Free Speech Debate

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Welcome Portuguese learners

I have prepared a little presentation for you

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Michaelmas Term 2014 – Arabic Film Night!

We had over 80 applicants for Arabic Basic on our OPAL programme this year! Although it is unfortunate that we can’t offer everyone places, it’s fantastic to see so many people interested in learning the language!

In honour of all our Arabic students, we decided on an Arabic film for this term’s Film Night. It will take place on Monday of Week 5 (Monday 10th November) at 5.30pm in the Roman Bath on the ground floor of the Language Centre.

We’ve heard excellent things about the film, which looks at the story of two Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah who are separated by a checkpoint and have to arrange clandestine meetings. You can see more details about it on the IMDB page here.

We’ve purposefully scheduled it for a night of the week when we don’t have any Arabic classes running, so we hope that many students studying Arabic choose to come along and use it to brush up their skills. Don’t worry, we won’t expect you to be fluent, so there’ll be English subtitles.

Hope to see lots of you there!

Film night poster - Divine Intervention

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Spanish linguists welcome!

I have prepared a little presentation for you

another one for the beginners using Prisma A1 A2 fusión

another one for those using Prisma C1

and another one for those using Metodo de Español




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Welcome English students!

I have a little presentation for you



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