Modern Languages Super Curricular Resources

Need help with finding some super curricular reading for Modern Languages? Check out these online resources:

French

Catch up on the latest news with one of the major newspapers in France, Le Monde, Le Figaro, or Libération, or the weekly French news magazine L’Obs. More broadly across the Francophone world, Jeune Afrique, for example, provides weekly news across 54 African countries.

A range of podcasts are accessible via the French news website France 24 and you can listen to a number of radio networks (such as France Culture and regional radio stations) via Radio France.

L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie is a portal site promoting the French language and its cultural and linguistic diversity.

Les Liaisons dangereuses - with the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford, you can further explore this eighteenth-century novel that is studied as part of the first-year course.

Harry Potter and the Translator's Headache (part 1 and part 2) - Professor Simon Kemp, Associate Professor of French and Fellow of Somerville College, offers an insight into the issues students consider when studying Advanced French Translation at Oxford University.

German

Der Spiegel - catch up with the latest news with the newspaper, Der Spiegel

Deutsch als Fremdsprache - you can search different texts from all kinds of different subjects in German to help your progress and develop you vocabulary.

Deutsche Plus! - Free BBC lessons and courses online for German.

Goethe Institute - German courses (in England and Germany) and learning material

Goethe Institute Practice Materials - You can find practice materials for the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

Major novels in German - sometimes finding the right novel to read in German can be a challenge. Fluent U have found 8 popular classic German novels for you to get to grips with.

Oxford German Classic 2021: Literature and Philosophy in Kleist's "Die Verlobung in St. Domingo" - This conversation between Dr Karolina Watroba and Dr Joanna Raisbeck accompanies the launch of "A German Classic 2021" - the essay competition for sixth formers with the Oxford German Network. The Oxford German Network founded 'A German Classic' in 2017 and it is designed to celebrate a different literary classic each year and encourage in-depth study by creating a wide range of resources that open up different perspectives on the concerns at the heart of the work. 

Spanish

Stay up to date with news from the Americas by reading La Crónica de Hoy, one of Mexico’s major dailies or Argentina’s Clarín. For news from Spain options include Madrid’s left-leaning El País, the right-learning El Mundo, or Barcelona’s La Vanguardia.   

Spain’s equivalent of the BBC iPlayer is RTVE play, (alternatively accessible via the smartphone app ‘RTVE Play’), a huge site with endless options for watching Spanish TV (free of charge) from present-day offerings to programmes from back in the 1960s. There are plenty of enjoyable historical dramas (e.g., Isabel and Carlos, rey emperador) that can help you pick up some knowledge of the history of the Hispanic World. 

The Spanish Language & Culture website curated by Barbara Kuczun Nelson is an excellent resource for combining the broadening of cultural horizons by way of songs and videos (inc. subtitles) with helpful grammar practice.   

Conjuguemos is really good fun, with quick-fire games to test your knowledge of Spanish verb conjugations. 

Finally, if you’d like to begin thinking about some of the literature you can study at Oxford, listen to some of the tutors talk about the books they enjoy reading and teaching on the Oxford Spanish Literature Podcast. If any of these spark your interest, there is a vast amount of material concerning Hispanic literature available on the website of the Biblioteca Cervantes Virtual

 

Italian

Catch up on the latest news from Italy with one of its many daily newspapers: Corriere della SeraLa RepubblicaIl Sole 24 OreLa Stampa. Alternatively, tune into the 24-hour RAI news channel.

Alma TV - an Italian website full of resources for learners with different levels available. Grammar, listening comprehension, even graphic novels are available.

Accademia della Crusca - has a wide range of useful resources on the history and development of the Italian language, including access to the archive of their popular ‘Consulenza linguistica’ service.

Art Online - Contains an updated section on art news, and a list of the main exhibitions. There are sections about old and contemporary artists

With both Radio Italia and Rai Play Radio, you can also listen to Italian radio at your leisure.

Rai Scuola, ‘Italiano per stranieri’ – a free online language course with lots of video lessons.

Linguistics

An introduction to Linguistics - produced by Dr Jamie Findlay, Departmental Lecturer in Syntax at the University of Oxford, this video is an introduction to the study of linguistics

Linguistics and Language Podacasts - you can find a range of different podcasts available here.

UK Linguistics Olympiad

Other languages and mixed

Adventures on the Bookshelf – a blog for students and teachers of Years 11 to 13 written by staff and students of Oxford University

Association for Language Learning literature project - links to online literary texts in French, German, and Spanish

Conjuguemos - learn languages with lots of fun games and activities

Creative Multilingualism - a recorded event from 2020 about multilingualism

Languages Online - lots of resources on one website to help you through your school lessons 

Planet 42 - enjoy playing some language games