2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014 ox.ac.uk/opendays
26 April 2014: Modern Languages and joint courses open day
You can either study English with a Modern Language you already speak, or with a Modern Language you’d like to learn from scratch.
For the following course combinations you would usually be expected to have the Modern Language to A-level, or another academic equivalent.
Modern Greek QQ37
The following course combinations allow you to begin studying a Modern Language from scratch, although those with experience in Celtic are also very welcome to apply.
Beginners’ Czech QR3S
Beginners’ Modern Greek QR39
Beginners’ Italian RQ33
Beginners’ Portuguese QR3M
What is English and Modern Languages?
The English side of the course offers you a choice from a list of papers covering all literature written in the English language from its origins in Anglo-Saxon through to works produced in English-speaking countries across the world in the present day. The Modern Language side of the course will give you practical linguistic training, encourage you to think coherently about language as a subject of study and introduce you to an extensive and fascinating field of Western literature and thought.
English and Modern Languages at Oxford
Both the English and the Modern Languages Faculties at Oxford are among the largest in the country, and include major scholars in all areas of the respective subjects. Students thus have access to a range of expert tutors. Library provision at Oxford is excellent: all students have access to the English Faculty Library, the Taylor Institution Library (for languages), the Bodleian Library and their own college libraries.
The course is extremely flexible. In the first year you will do practical work in your chosen language and study a selection of important texts from its literature. On the English side, you will be introduced to the conceptual and technical tools used in the study of language and literature, and to a wide range of different critical assumptions and approaches. You will also do tutorial work on either early medieval, Victorian or modern literature. In the second year, a wide range of options opens up for you. Language work in your modern language will continue and you will study literature from a wide range of periods in English and in your language. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad – see Modern Languages (p 88 for more information). On your return, you will choose from a range of special option papers in both English and Modern Languages, and in comparative literature.
A typical weekly timetable
Most students will have one or two tutorials a week as well as compulsory language classes. Most students also attend three to four lecture courses per subject.
What are tutors looking for?
Successful candidates will have an aptitude for their modern language, will read widely, and will enjoy writing and talking about literature and language. Candidates who are shortlisted may be asked to talk about a piece of prose or verse supplied before or in their interview.
For information about the selection criteria please see: ox.ac.uk/criteria.
Graduates in English and Modern Languages go on to careers in fields including broadcasting, publishing, teaching, journalism, the theatre, administration, management, advertising, translation, librarianship and law. Knowledge of a modern language opens up opportunities for internationally focused careers or careers with international companies or organisations. The Languages Work website has further information about careers using languages: www.languageswork.org.uk.
Recent English and Modern Languages graduates include a marketing director, a consultant in environmental management and sustainability, and a journalist.
For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].
Please see ox.ac.uk/erasmus for details of Erasmus opportunities for this course.
One period paper from single honours English Language and Literature
Two Modern Languages papers
Six written papers form the First University Examination; a submitted portfolio of two essays for ‘Introduction to English Language and Literature’.
All exams must be passed, but marks do not count towards the final degree.
2nd and 4th years (3rd year is spent abroad)
Three from papers 1–6 from single honours English Language and Literature
Modern Language (four/five papers), including: language exercises (two papers plus oral examination), a period of literature and options (prescribed authors and texts from the 12th to 20th centuries, a special subject, or a linguistics paper)
Papers will be examined by extended essays over the course of the second and fourth years, or by practical and written examinations at the end of your fourth year
Oxford has the most comprehensive course in the country, you can really study whatever you want. Matt