Green Impact Report – our score

We were excited to get the official Green Impact Report through this morning, and we are proud to have achieved a Silver award for the second year in a row. Next year, we’ll be going for Gold! Don’t get too excited, but there are plans for a wormery…

Below is the chart showing our scores compared to the University average:

Green Impact chartIt’s great to see that we and the University as a whole are improving year on year, so let’s keep this great progress up!

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Open days

Yes, the Language Centre is open for the Open days so that everyone’s interested in becoming a student at Oxford University is welcome to have a look.

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We also have free foreign newspapers and mags to give away from the library!

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French tutor vacancy



PART-TIME French Tutor

GRADE 5.7, £38.53 per teaching hour

We are looking for a qualified and experienced French tutor (or tutors) to teach a variety of daytime, evening and departmental courses. Classes are taught during the 8-week university terms, starting week beginning 11 October 2015.

LASR classes (Languages for Academic Study and Research) are intended for students who want to continue with a language they have studied previously, learn a new language either for study and research, or for pleasure. There are no exams, progress tests or certificates. Classes start in week 2 of Michaelmas Term (October 19) and continue in Hilary and Trinity Term.

OPAL (Oxford Programme of Languages) is our very popular late afternoon and evening programme of languages. It is fast-paced and suits students who have previous experience of learning languages. The course is taught over two terms with an optional third term where students are given 1:1 tutor support to culminate in an examined oral presentation in week 6 of Trinity Term. The course has a progress tests at the end of Michaelmas and a final exam at the beginning of Trinity Term (late April).

Humanities and Maths courses are taught to Undergraduates. Both courses are taught for two hours a week during Michaelmas and Hilary terms, with an end-of-course exam for Maths students only.

We currently have vacancies to teach the following courses:

LASR Beginners 1 Monday 12.00-14.00
French Lower Intermediate for Maths Monday 18.00-20.00
LASR Beginners 3 Tuesday 14.00-16.00
French Upper Intermediate for Maths Tuesday 18.00-20.00
LASR Intermediate 1 Wednesday 12.00-14.00
OPAL Basic 2 Wednesday 16.00-18.00
OPAL Vantage 2 Wednesday 18.00-20.00
French false beginners for Humanities Thursday 14.00-16.00
LASR Lower Intermediate Friday 11.00-13.00
LASR False Beginners Thursday 15.00-17.00

There is some flexibility in the days and times and you can apply to teach all or just some of the courses. Detailed information on our programmes can be found at and and
You will be a native or near-native speaker of French with a relevant degree and experience of teaching French as a foreign language in the tertiary or higher education sector.

To apply for this post, please send your curriculum vitae, together with contact details of two referees, to the Director of the Language Centre, Dr Robert Vanderplank, . Further details are available from, telephone 01865 283360. The closing date for applications is noon on Monday, 20 July 2015.

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We are starting our summer book (and cassettes) sales now. Many items for just £1! And some others a bit more, but not much more! See what’s up there!001


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Green Award! Yet another one!

Yes! The Language Centre won another Green Award this year.

Our Administrator Christine Mitchell joined the Green Impact – an environmental accreditation and awards scheme that brings together staff and students to make positive changes in environmental practice.

As a department, you can earn various awards by making the way your department runs more envrionmentally sustainable – and here at the Language Centre we managed to achieve a Silver Award, which shows sustainable effort for the second year in a row!

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Chris, Natasha and Martin… and the AWARD!


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Attention students: no special vacation loan

There is no special vacation loan, ie if you borrow now, you are still expected to return your books and CDs in 4 weeks time (or renew them online) and your DVDs in 2 weeks time.

So perhaps the best would be for you to return all items before you go on holiday? And please, do not travel with them… too many books return with dreadful sun burns and also indulged in dipping in swimming pools… no. Please. No.

Thank you!



(and no punting either with books, best way to learn a language in summer is to talk, talk, talk!)

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Mayring Film Screening event at Pembroke

An event which may be of interest to Language Centre users!

As part of the commemorative events dedicated to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, Oxford University Armenian Society would like to invite you to a cinema evening in the beautiful Pichette Auditorium of Pembroke College. The screening of the film ‘Mayrig’ (1991), directed by the prominent French-Armenian director Henri Verneuil, will be preceded by a brief presentation on the history of screening of the Armenian Genocide.

Admission is free.

Language: French with English subtitles

Date: Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Place: Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College

Start time: 7pm

Duration: 2h 30min.

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