Achtung! Attention! Looking to improve your languages for your research?

Need to brush up your Français? Have to learn Deutsch?

If you are embarking on thesis research and feel your language skills are holding you back, then you will be pleased to know that there is a great deal of support for you here in Oxford. Here’s a message from the Language Centre:

Hello from the Language Centre!

Staircase - Language CentreThe Language Centre has a lot to offer for historians wishing to upgrade their language skills or, quite simply, start learning a language. There are several courses for historians available, intensive weekend courses and quite simply, our regular OPAL and LASR courses.

We also have a lending library encouraging self-learning with a lot of language learning resources for 180 languages, including books and CDs, a very nice film collection and satellite television available in several languages.

We also encourage online learning and the use of web 2.0 sites Tours are offered every weekday at 10 am and 2 pm.

And finally, we have a successful language exchange programme which allows you to speak with native speakers.

So we are looking forward to meeting you!

The Language Centre Team

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Oxford University Language Centre Library – lending from 8 Oct

The Language Centre Library (12 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HT) will be lending material for all staff members and students of Oxford University from Monday 8 October.

More information on the Library website and on the blog.

What does the Library offer?


Currently there are 140 languages but the collection expands every year as new languages are added, often on request. The collection consists of:


  • Reference material (dictionaries, grammars, vocabulary builders). Textbooks with audio-visual material. Other books (readers, phonetics, literature)
  • Magazines, newspapers and live television in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
  • Videos: a large stock of foreign language and English films, documentaries and textbooks
  • CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) on eight open-access computers

Dies ist eine vortreffliche Moeglichkeit eine neue Sprache zu lernen. Bonne journée y ciao!