Our Institute teaches Arabic, French, German, Spanish and some Italian, offering
you an attractive range of programme schemes. Arabic, French, German, Italian and
Spanish offer beginners’ courses, which can in the case of Arabic, French, German
and Spanish lead to degree level study, as well as advanced courses. Italian can
be studied to degree level within the Romance Languages and the European Languages
We attach great importance to the practical study of both written and spoken language,
and in addition we offer a range of cultural, literary and linguistic modules. Although
there are traditional lectures, much time is also devoted to computer-assisted learning,
and all students have regular oral classes with native speakers. The Department has
good staff-student relations and classes are small in comparison with those found
in many universities. Assessment is by a combination of regular assignments and examinations.
Our courses encourage you to look behind media coverage and delve into the politics,
literature and culture, religion, philosophy and history
We offer excellent facilities, including exceptionally well-equipped language laboratories
with state-of-the-art computing facilities and video recording equipment, together
with a wide range of audio-visual materials and receive live television broadcasts
from Europe. Foreign newspapers and magazines are available in the library. Each
of the languages has an active student society.
In the first year of your programme the teaching is aimed at increasing your linguistic
competence and deepening your familiarity with, and understanding of, the culture
and literature of the country concerned. The schemes for beginners follow a similar
pattern, consisting of intensive language modules and a general introduction to the
civilisation and culture of the country concerned.
Each language offers a distinctive range of modules which can be taken in various
combinations in single and joint honours or major and minor schemes. Joint honours
students take either two languages or one language and another subject. There is
usually a roughly equal balance between language and ‘content’ modules (eg literature,
linguistics, politics). During your year abroad you write a dissertation in the target
language which counts towards your final degree result or you bring back marks from
the university at which you studied. Our current range of programmes includes:
Middle Eastern Studies.
Arabic and Islamic Studies .
Arabic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.
French - in combination with other languages and other subjects
German - in combination with other languages and other subjects
Spanish - in combination with other languages and other subjects