Intensive course

Do not miss the opportunity to join us in week 9 for our intensive courses
December 3rd to December 7th

Our intensive courses in week 9 give you the opportunity to join an intensive re-run of our most popular term time courses.  Whether you did not manage to join a term time course or whether you would like to spend some time learning a new language, reviving or simply practicing one you already know, come and see which languages and levels we will offer – and enrol now to secure a place!

Available for Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish



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The Language Exchange is back!


Go to the Language Centre website

Click on WebLearn (top right of page) and log-in

Choose Language Exchange

Go to the Language you can offer section and add the language you would like to learn, and that’s it!

And remember that the library has language learning materials for 200 languages so probably the language you wish to learn is here already



Photo by Ian Wallman for Oxford University Language Centre

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Presentations for language classes

Apart from the Arabic textbooks, all other textbooks are available for you to borrow for the duration of your Language Centre class. Write down your name in the library register and hey presto! Then return the book after class, please? Thank you! Maria and I will help you find the book if needed.


How to use the library and SOLO (Oxford University Catalogue guide) on the website


For a class presentation


French for Modern Language Students

French with Agenda 3


Portuguese for beginners


Russian with Talk Russian

Russian with New Penguin Russian course


Spanish with ELE actual B1

Spanish with Espanol en Marcha 4


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Bodleian iSkills workshops

Welcome to the new term, and to the new iSkills programme!   Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops designed for postgraduates and researchers, covering information discovery and searching for scholarly materials, using reference management tools such as RefWorks and Mendeley, keeping up to date with research, measuring research impact, Open Access and Research Data Management.  These workshops are FREE but online booking is essential.

Below are the workshops coming up in Week 2.  Click on any title to go to the booking page.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Mon 15 October 09.30-12.30)

An introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use; accessing e-journals and other online resources; SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services.

Who is this session for?  Anyone who would like an introduction to Oxford Libraries.

Bodleian iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Tue 16 October 10.00-11.30)

Keeping up to date with new research is important but time consuming! This session will show you how to set up automatic alerts so that you are notified about new articles and other publications and when key web sites are updated. Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.

Who is this session for?  Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Bodleian iSkills: E-books (Fri 19 October 09.15-10.45)

The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.

Who is this session for?  Anyone who is interested

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner

Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers (Fri 19 October 11.00-12.15)

Reading on E-Book Readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular, but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.

Who is this session for?  Anyone who is interested.

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New Courses! And other changes!

After a major consultative review last academic year, we have launched a suite of three new modern language pathways for 2018-19, General, Academic and Fast Track.

The overall name of the three pathways is Languages for All. This completely replaces the previous longstanding LASR and OPAL courses. Our Academic English courses continue to be on offer, but with new simpler course titles.

All information about our new courses will be on our website

We have also rationalised our opening hours from 8.45 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday in the 8 weeks of term time and 8.45am to 5pm in the vacations. There is no more Saturday opening, as there was very little use of the building on a Saturday.

Other changes include the renaming of Chinese to Mandarin and more borrowing rights in the library for all students and staff at Oxford University!

So we are very much looking forward to seeing you very soon!


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Languages For All: new range of courses

The Language Centre will launch a completely new range of modern language courses this week for students and staff at the University.

The Languages For All programme includes courses in 12 languages from beginner to advanced stages. General and Fast Track options are available, depending on learners’ needs – replacing the former LASR and OPAL courses. A range of Academic English courses will also continue to be on offer. To find out more, and to enrol once the courses are live, go to the Language Centre website


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Open Day on Friday 14 September


The last Oxford University Open Day of the year 2018 is on Friday 14 September.

We advice you strongly to plan your visit to Oxford. The university has provided help on their Open Day webpage

We hope you will find the time to come and visit and chat with us. A few of our Language Tutors will be here on the day to show you around and answer your queries.

We offer 12 languages + Academic English + 200 languages for self-learning in the library

Information about our open day and direction to the Language Centre in this link

Language centre and open day signs 2018

The Language Centre outside with Open Days banner

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