Books to give away and books on sale

We have a few books left on sale and books and mags to give away. They are in the library: books on sale when you arrive mags to give away on the left-hand side books to give away in the room next to my office in boxes. We have English, French and Zulu left.magstooffer2Most books to give away are for beginner’s level. Come and have a look! Best wishes, Lucile Librarian

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Research participants sought

Digital technologies in teaching: online survey. IT Services’ DIGE 2 project is investigating Oxford students’ digital experience from both sides of the teaching–learning divide. Contributions welcomed from staff who teach undergraduates or postgraduates (taught Masters’ programmes). Complete our online survey:, or arrange an interview via Dr Liz Masterman (project manager) ( The research has been reviewed by, and received clearance through, the University of Oxford Central Ethics Committee.

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New Beginner Taster classes starting in Trinity Term 2015!

As usual, this Trinity Term we will be offering several New Beginner Taster classes, for University members who wish to get a taste of a new language starting from scratch!

Tthe languages we will definitely be offering are French and Spanish, at the times below:

French New Beginners Taster
Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00
Tutor: Isabelle Dubuisson
Click here to see the syllabus
Coursebook: Alter Ego + Level 1 Livre de l’élève plus CD by Annie Berthet, Catherine Hugot, Veronique M. Kizirian, Béatrix Sampsonis and Monique Waendendries, (Hachette). ISBN: 9782011558107

Spanish New Beginners Taster
Thursdays 15:00 – 17:00
Tutor: Esmeralda Frances-Martinez
Click here to see the syllabus
Coursebook: Nuevo Prisma Fusión A1+A2 – Libro del alumno + CD Edinumen ISBN: 9788498485202

German Speaking New Beginners Taster
Mondays 18:00 – 20:00
Tutor: Christina Hell
Click here to see the syllabus
Coursebook: Menschen A1/1 Kursbuch mit DVD-ROM Franz Specht, Sandra Evans, Angela Pude (ISBN 978-3-19-301901-1)

You can now register for these new courses using the Online Registration Page on our website. You’ll be notified in 0th week of Trinity Term if we are able to offer you a place.

Note that these classes are designed to be a standalone taster course for the language. If you wish, you can choose to continue onto the regular Beginners classes in Michaelmas Term, but there would be some repetition of material. Though since you have a long summer vacation in between, a bit of revision would be useful!

Contact if you have any questions about these courses!

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Calling all native English speakers for a (very) short survey!

We have been contacted by a student of English at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who is working on her linguistics thesis. For this she needs to collect word associations from native English speakers, and she’s created a very short survey:

The survey is extremely quick and only takes a couple of minutes, so if you have a spare moment please help her gather some data and fill it out!

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My mosaic… to celebrate Holi !

mymosaicThis mosaic, using many pictures taken of the Language Centre and of Oxford, has been created using (and if you really see that picture from close control +, you might recognise some of us!)

I just wanted to celebrate Holi, a spring festival that celebrates love!

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Modern Languages Debating – Spanish, Week 8

The final modern languages trial debate this term (Spanish) will be taking place in the Austin Gill Room at Magdalen College on Thursday, 12th March. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a briefing for judges at 5:45.
If you would like to take part in this debate, as a semi-formal way to discuss current affairs or practice your Spanish, please contact Walker Thompson ( by Tuesday, 10th March at the latest. Native speakers are also welcome, especially as judges. If you would like to debate in Spanish but will be unable to make this session, please still get in touch with an expression of interest as this will help with future planning.

The motions for the debate are given below. While advance preparation is by no means required, you may find it helpful to do some research beforehand, as you will need to be ready to argue either side.

1. Las economías de América Latina dependen demasiado de los recursos naturales.
2. El gobierno español debería permitir un referéndum sobre la independencia de Cataluña.

Spectators are also warmly invited to attend, and do not have to register in advance.

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Digital voices till 16 March

We are almost toward the end of our exhibition “Digital Voices” which is installed in the Language Centre and the Westgate Central Library.

We are hosting two videos (in partnership with the Westgate library) for

Tim Etchells – A well established british performance artist and the director of Forced Entertainment. He is also official Artist of the City of Lisbon for 2014. The work he will be producing is an adaptation of the work he produced for Hayward Gallery earlier this year. Website –

Tris Vonna-Michell – Is a british performance artist based in Stockholm who was nominated for the Turner Prize this year. We will be showing his Tate Britain performance for the first time. Website –

and a webwork by the artist Yuri Pattison an Irish artist who now lives in London. This particular online work is about room 1014 in the Mira, Hong Kong where Snowden stayed… and declared he had leaked classified documents from the NSA… Website –

011The artist Tim Etchells (with the language centre in the background!).  008The hotel room where Edward Snowden stayed while in Hong Kong. 

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