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OPAL examinations

Good luck to our OPAL students!

All past years examinations are available to view in the library (from year 2012 onwards) and a selection of them (2013 onwards) are available to view on Weblearn


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Catch Up Brush Up – Week 9 intensive courses

Catch Up Brush Up 2015

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Our Intensive Catch Up Brush Up courses in French, German , Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian are now being advertised for Week 9 of this term. We’re also offering a short Arabic Taster session to give an introduction to the language.

Russian times are currently TBC, so do let us know if you’re interested and we can send you details once they’re finalised.

This is a great opportunity for those who didn’t get a place in courses this term to join and catch up on this term’s material. You then get put to the top of the waiting list for classes in Hilary, and we hope to find places for as many participants as possible. Please note that the Arabic is a standalone course and it is not possible to join an OPAL course in Hilary Term (you can only join OPAL courses at the start of the academic year).

Course content is similar to that of the corresponding LASR course levels – so do have a look on our website at the Michaelmas material to see what would be covered.

Email for a registration form or for any further queries, and get your registrations in now as places are getting snapped up quickly!

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As JP Books is with us today, I have indulged in buying lots of manga ! There are the regular manga that Japanese people enjoy reading but also bilingual books and adaptations from Japanese novels.

Now I have to catalogue them!Manga022

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Language Exchange Connecting Language Learners and Refugees in Oxford

A group of students are organising a language tandem (language exchange) connecting language learners and refugees.

They are about to start in Oxford in partnership with Asylum Welcome ( and want to get as many Oxford language learners involved as possible!

What is a language tandem and how does it work? Let’s say you want to improve your spoken Farsi. There is a native Farsi speaker in your town who wants to practise speaking English. You decide to become language tandem partners. You and your partner meet in an informal setting once a week (e.g. in a cafe or library) and chat for about an hour, with the first half hour spent speaking Farsi, the second speaking English. You correct each other’s mistakes where they occur, teach each other new words and phrases, and encourage each other to progress.

You can sign up for the exchange here

Sign up here or contact Lena at

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Well done!

Well done to our library assistant, Kim Marsh, who has just handed in her DPhil !

Here we have our temporary mascot trying out one of our new seats… please do try them too and tell us what you think so that we can replace our library seats.


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Welcome to the library !


a presentation for OPAL basic students


Russian class using the Penguin book, here you are!

And a presentation for the Modern Linguists



first years! This is a small presentation for you.

and for those using Embarque 2

For those using ELE actual B1 here you are!

Prisma Fusion B1B2

Those using Nuevo Prisma C1

and Prisma Fusion A1A2

and M├ętodo nivel superior


And a presentation for our Portuguese learners level 1

and for Portuguese learners level 2



Second years! A presentation for you

French last years! Here you are.

For those using Alter Ego + 1

and those using Alter Ego + 2

and those using Mobile A2

And another presentation for the OPAL proficiency course

Here’s a presentation for English for Academic Studies


A presentation for the modern linguists

A presentation for OPAL Vantage students



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