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Modern Languages

Modern Languages at Oxford

The Oxford degree in Modern Languages aims to secure an excellent command of the spoken and written language, building on an accurate knowledge of grammar as the basis of successful self-expression and spoken fluency in the language. The third year of the four-year course provides students with an excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of a foreign country.

Current modern languages students Lisa, Charlie and Salomeya

Modern Languages students at Oxford acquire in equal measure skills of logical presentation and argument in English through the study of literature in tutorials and seminars. The humane value of literary study lies not only in the perspective it gives on a particular culture, but also in the way in which it teaches us to read, to think, and to write with understanding and perception. Even if your A-level syllabus has little or no literature, you will probably know from your English reading whether you are likely to enjoy the Oxford undergraduate degree programme.

Student profile: read what some of our students think about studying Modern Languages at Teddy Hall.

Modern Languages at St Edmund Hall

Modern Languages is a long established field of study at St Edmund Hall: at present there are around 700 old members who read Modern Languages at the Hall and lived to tell the tale.

We have a vibrant and diverse community of Modern Linguists and we are able to offer an impressive range of degree programmes. We have our own tutors and teaching staff in French, German and Russian, as well as a French lecteur/lectrice and a German Lektor/Lektorin who teach conversation. Russian thrives at St Edmund Hall, which is one of the largest colleges for the subject. We also also have a strong research profile across the suite of Modern Languages subjects. The Professor of Medieval German is a Fellow of the College and we have a Junior Research Fellow in Spanish.

Modern Languages students at St Edmund Hall are eligible to apply for the College's Richard Fargher Bursary for travel abroad to pursue linguistic study. The award(s), worth up to £5000, is made annually to the undergraduate(s) who present the most imaginative and best planned proposal.

Dr Alex Lloyd, a Lecturer in German Language and Literature, is one of our College tutors. Watch her entertaining short talk 'How to spot a liar in literature' (given at the 2015 St Edmund Hall Research Expo) to find out more about the concept of unreliable narrators: