Here is a commentary about one of our Russian Tutors, Marina Bogdanova, who went to the workshop. The books have now been purchased by the library:

In week 6 of Michaelmas Term I attended the workshop, organized by Tatyana Linaker ( of Modern Language Centre, Kings College London, Strand Campus to promote a series of unconventional textbooks authored by Ignaty Diakov, who, while teaching Russian to the City bankers, designed his course to make the Russian language study process a bit more bearable for adult learners.

Designed for B1-B2 level of proficiency, two books in the series of the study texts contain stories, which deal with many basic conversational grammar structures and the core vocabulary required for business and every day life, phrases used in city and home environments. Verbs of motion receive particular attention.

The workshop consisted of a masterclass (50 min) and an interactive discussion based on a chapter 3 of text book The Story Sensation, aimed at A1 level of proficiency.

I personally would not use this type of supplementary reading material for my class, but would highly recommend it to be acquired by our library, since Oxford University graduates quite often aim to work for the City banks and this unconventional course could be quite useful for self-study.

Marina S. Bogdanova


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Training sessions

Welcome back, and Happy New Year!

We begin Hilary Term 2017 with our series of Research Skills Toolkits sessions in Week 1.

Research Skills Toolkit  (Daily workshops 16th – 20th January) Week 1

2-hour workshops to introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. Topics on offer include: Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses; Keeping up to date and current awareness; Using Endnote to manage your references; Manipulating images using Gimp; Managing your thesis with word; Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables; Podcasting with Audacity; Plagiarism and how to avoid it; Your thesis, copyright and ORA; Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact.

Each workshop will be tailored to one of the following subject areas:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Maths, Physical and Life Sciences.

All sessions will be at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road. Go to for the full list of dates and to book online.

Also in Week 1 we have: Open Access Publishing: Papers and Peer-review (Fri 20 January 10.30-16.00) Week 1

There are many changes afoot in academic publishing. We therefore invite you to attend a series of short talks, panel discussions and opportunities for conversation around the subjects of open access publishing, peer review, publishing metrics, and the role and requirements of the University. Speakers and panel members will include Oxford academics, and representatives from PLoS, BioRxiv, the Wellcome Trust, F1000, eLife, Publons, Oxford University IT, Bodleian Libraries and Oxford University Press. The meeting will focus predominantly on biomedical sciences, but attendees from other disciplines are also welcome. Please go to Open Access Publishing event for further information and to book online.

In addition we are running the following: Weekly drop-in sessions to provide face-to-face support and answer all your queries on Open Access, Act on Acceptance and ORA. Weeks 1-8.

Tuesdays 14.30-15.30 – Cairns Library, ask for Judith Ames

Wednesdays 14.00-15.00 – Social Science Library, ask for Kate Beeby

Thursdays 11.00-12.00 – Radcliffe Science Library, ask for Juliet Ralph

Fridays 14.00-15.00 – Radcliffe Humanities Building, ask for Hilla Wait.

 Also from the Centre for Digital Scholarship:

By popular demand after the workshop in Michaelmas term, we are delighted to offer another opportunity to learn about digital editing and the Text Encoding Initiative. Research Technology Consultation, IT Services and the Centre for Digital Scholarship offer a course introducing the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative for creating digital texts. The workshop uses materials developed for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. If you’re interested in learning about markup and encoding digital editions, this course is for you.

What: How to make a digital edition: an introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative

Who: James Cummings and Pip Willcox

When: 09:30–16:30, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February 2017

Where: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library

Access: open to members of the University of Oxford

Admission: free

Booking is required: to reserve a place on this workshop, please email Pip Willcox,

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The best three months of my life

Internship Report (September-December 2016) at Oxford University Language Centre

I would like to thank Christine Mitchell, Lucile Deslignères and all other members of staff for giving me the opportunity to work with them. For me it was a unique experience to live in the UK and to work with such lovely people. I’m sure that this experience will be capital in my education and in my future career.

I am a graduate student from Italy. As part of the programme of Foreign Languages and Modern Literatures, I was expected to work for 250 hours as an intern for a company.
I decided to take this chance to go abroad as an Erasmus student instead of working in my country because I wanted to learn as much as possible about British culture and I wished to improve my English skills.
During my stay several activities have contributed to achieve a number of goals.
So I was introduced to all staff members and I had a brief interview with the administrator in order to set specific goals and collect more information about my job.
For three months I’ve been getting an insight into the work of a staff member at the Language Centre, especially in the library.
During my second week I’ve been trained as a library assistant, this was my main job during the internship as well as the place where I’ve spent most of my time.
My job was to provide support to the librarian by giving induction tour of the library to the students and by registering new visitors on the library system. Furthermore, I was in charge of placing back the different learning materials on the shelves and covering the librarian during her lunch break. I also helped students find materials on the shelves, helped the librarian in digitising audio-materials for the VLE (virtual learning environment) and was in charge of periodicals (getting them in the shop and placing them on the periodicals’ table)
I also provided support to the administrator at the Oxford Examination School. My job there consisted in presenting the Language Centre to the students, answering to their questions about our activities and attending conferences.
Starting from the beginning of Michaelmas Term I also took part in English Communication Skills class. This was a great opportunity to improve my English as well as to meet new people from all over the world and make new friends.
In conclusion the internship was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I gained new skills that will be important in my future career, I improved my language skills and my fluency, I learnt how to deal with different people in different situations and I became more responsible.
At last this internship has given me new motivation to pursue a career in linguistic and learning environment. Also, I have discovered a true passion for librarianship and I feel really grateful for this opportunity.

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Daylight lamp

We now have a small portable daylight lamp for you to use if you feel you are not exposed to daylight enough. The lamp is in the librarian’s office on the second floor.


Caution: do not look at the lamp directly as there is a potential danger of damaging your eyes. Do not use also if you have aphakia or pseudophakia

Do not use also if you have a photo-sensible skin or if you are taking the following medication (there is also a more thorough list in French)

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More training from the Bodleian libraries

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Tue 22 Nov 10.00-11.00) Week 7

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: How to find out about research council or funder requirements; How to find out what your publisher will allow; Green route – how to deposit in ORA; Gold route and how to claim for APCs; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; what’s new, including HEFCE policy for next REF, and ORCID research IDs; OA website/ helpline.

Who is this session for? Research support staff, administrators and librarians, researchers and academics.

Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Judith Ames

Venue: Beeson Room, Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital


Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries (Tue 22 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 7

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.

Presenters: Angela Carritt & Cathy Scutt.

Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Training Room


Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Thu 24 Nov 14.00-17.00) Week 7

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

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

Presenters: Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Isabel McMann

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road


Bodleian iSkills: E-books (Fri 25 Nov 09.15-11.15) Week 7

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

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road


Bodleian iSkills: E-book readers (Fri 25 Nov 11.15-12.15) Week 7

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

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

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Training from the Bodleian Libraries

Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th to 21st century (Fri 18 Nov 09.15-12.15) Week 6

Newspapers are a valuable resource for researching not only news, but also many other aspects of society. In this session we will introduce key historical and contemporary sources of news and how to make best use of them.

Who is the session for? Students, researchers and anyone else who is interested.

Presenters: Isabel Holowaty, Angela Carritt

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

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Welcome back students!


A guide to our EFL learners


Here is a presentation for second year students and finalists

one for those using Mais oui fifth international edition

for those using Panorama 3

for those using Alter Ego 5

for those using Alter Ego 2+

and Mobile A2


One presentation for the beginners using Lagune 1

for those learning with Lagune 2

German reading for historians

German with Aspekte neu C1


For the students using Da Capo

and for those using Oggi in Italia


A presentation for our first years

and our second years


for those using the Penguin course book

and for beginners here you are


A presentationfor our beginners with Nuevo Espanol en Marcha Basico

for our finalists

for those using ELE actual B1

those using ELExpres

for those using Vitamina C1

and for those using Espanol en Marcha 4


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