Current Conference

Friday 25 September 2020


Below you will find a selection of links and videos about modern languages at Oxford. Our livestream events will begin at 4:30 pm, in the following programme:

4.30-5pm: Welcome, chat, and general questions.

5-5.30pm: Guest speaker: Sir Simon McDonald (who has just stepped down from his role as the Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), in conversation with Professor Julie Curtis on the subject of ‘Languages and Career Opportunities’. Followed by Q&A.

Languages Q&A: Tutors and students representing all the languages we teach at Oxford (all of them available to study from scratch, except French and Spanish) will run Q&A sessions. We look forward to discussing developments in school curricula with you, and to telling you about what it’s like for students to study our languages and travel to countries where they’re spoken!

5.30-6.15pm – session 1:  Czech and Slovak (Rajendra Chitnis), French (Simon Kemp), German (Joanna Neilly), Italian (Francesca Southerden), Portuguese (Claudia Pazos Alonso).

6.15-7pm – session 2: – Modern Greek (Dimitris Papanikolaou), Polish (Jan Fellerer), Russian (Julie Curtis), Spanish (Alice Brooke).

7:00 pm Close

You can access them at any time from 4:30 onwards via this link

During our sessions we suggest you keep your microphone muted, and ask questions or make comments via the ‘chat’ function on Microsoft Teams.

Videos and links to other resources

Here are some videos we made earlier about our courses, the Oxford admissions process, and some contributions from our students. We hope you find them interesting!

Introductory video to our courses

Our colleague Helen Swift talks about the admissions process
Colleagues at St Hilda’s College discuss the role of teachers’ references in admissions
Dr Tim Farrant of Pembroke College talks about admissions interviews
An example of a modern languages admissions interview
Our modern languages students answer some frequently asked questions (filmed this summer during lockdown)

Here are some links that might be useful:

Oxford Modern Languages Schools’ Page, including digital resources and information on our language competitions and other outreach event

Adventures on the Bookshelf, modern languages schools’ blog for teachers and students, updated with a new post every Wednesday

Modern Languages admissions page, including details of the course and admissions process and course data, including employability stats

Youtube videos by Oxford staff and students on applying to Oxford and studying modern languages here.

Youtube videos produced in 2020 for our Virtual Open Days, aimed particularly at Year 12 students considering an application for modern languages.

Lastly, one of our delegates has drawn our attention to this poll, hosted by The Linguist magazine, investigating ideas on best practice in remote teaching for modern languages. She’d welcome participation.