Modern Languages

The tutors are incredibly helpful. The comments and feedback they have given me have proved extremely useful.

Helena, French and Spanish

Trinity’s students of Modern Languages can apply for an academic grant of up to £500 for travel relating to their studies. Those studying two languages can also apply for an additional £300 towards the study of their second language during the year abroad.

The study of languages at Oxford combines a variety of approaches. Trinity welcomes applications to read Modern Languages for the following combinations:

  • French and Spanish
  • French Single Honours (`French sole`)
  • Spanish Single Honours (`Spanish sole`)
  • French with either German or Portuguese
  • Spanish with either German or Portuguese
  • French with Classics or English or History or Linguistics or Philosophy
  • Spanish with Classics or English or History or Linguistics or Philosophy

All these courses last four years, and include a third year abroad. (For Classics and Modern Languages, there is also an option of a four-year course, with a year abroad, so five years in total.) Teaching for Modern Languages is organised by both your College and the Faculty. At Trinity, students engage with literature and language in the context of small groups or tutorials and classes. The University’s Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages organises lectures as well as centralized  language classes. Applicants to Trinity College should have a passion for literature and language. Our tutors are looking for people who demonstrate interest and ability in studying and researching literature, and have an accurate linguistic command of the languages. Given the demands of the course, students need to be willing to read extensively in the languages, especially literary texts from different historical periods.

For college tutorials, students are normally asked to write one essay or commentary per week for each of their subjects. The purpose of the essays is to explore students’ comprehension of literary and/or cultural texts, which they read in the original language. The College also arranges regular  language classes with native speakers in French and Spanish to supplement Faculty teaching and help students to improve their fluency and written accuracy. Weekly small-group translation classes in College enable students to appreciate the nuances of language and to refine their command of their chosen languages and English. Our tutors often arrange practice exams at the start of most terms, so that students can consolidate their learning and prepare for their university examinations.

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Modern Languages students graduate from Trinity

The Taylor Institution, which houses the Medieval & Modern Languages library and is the central venue for Faculty lectures, is just a short walk from Trinity College. The Bodleian Library (Oxford University’s main library) is also just a few minutes away. Students are encouraged to use the resources available in the Language Centre for continuing to improve their language skills.

The 2017 Modern Languages freshers are looking forward to starting lectures and tutorials!

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