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CULP: Specialist Language Courses


During the Academic year we offer the following (click on the course name in the navigation on the left for details):

  Institution Entry level
Languages for Academic Purposes (LAP) Courses SAH & SHSS From ab initio to B1/B2
Language for Medics (SSCs) Clinical Schools Self-Selected Component Any
German for Archive Work Faculty of History B1 (CEFR)
German for Music (Winterreise) Faculty of Music A Level (UK) or B2 (CEFR)
Italian for Music (Don Giovanni) Faculty of Music GCSE (UK) or A1
German for Themes and Sources Faculty of History A Level (UK) or B2 (CEFR)


No fee is payable for these courses.

Enrolment Information

Please note that to attend one of these courses you must be a student of the relevant School/Faculty/Department.

For the Languages for Academic Purposes courses and Medics, enrolment is online (via the LC web page).

For the other courses, enrolment is through the relevant institution.


Some Specialist Courses are examined, as required by the relevant School/Faculty/Department.

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Languages for Academic Purposes Courses (LAP)

Courses in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish are designed to assist postgraduate students of SAH and SHSS students with the acquisition of reading skills, and relevant oral skills. Upon completion of a course, participants will be able to assess, read and translate original academic texts at their respective levels, as well as scan research material in order to assess its suitability. Oral skills (for fieldwork) will also feature in the Brazilian Portuguese courses.

All courses are taught by tutors highly competent in all aspects of the target language and experienced in the methodology of reading skills.

Classes are conducted in English, but there are many opportunities to use the target language and practise reading aloud.

Classes (90 min.) are held weekly in Michaelmas and Lent terms, and some courses will continue into Easter term according to demand.

These courses are free of charge to postgraduates, PhD students and all postdocs from SAH and SHSS. 

Academic staff of these Schools are eligible to apply, subject to a fee, providing there are spaces.

For eligibility to register please check here.


  Entry level
Basic Ab initio
Intermediate 1 A2 (CEFR)
Intermediate 2 B1/B2 (CEFR)

Learners may be grouped by level or, where possible, by discipline.

Basic level classes start from scratch and focus on:

      • Introducing students to the most essential language skills
      • Exploring the basic grammatical and cultural notions
      • Close reading of a number of prescribed text
      • Developing general reading strategies with special reference to the language

Intermediate level classes assume some familiarity with the language and focus on:

      • Developing general reading strategies with special reference to the language
      • Exploring core concepts of the language and specific aspects of reading
      • Close reading of a number of prescribed text
      • Students' individual needs

Please make sure you have read all of the enrolment procedure before you enrol.

Languages for Medics (SSCs)

School of Clinical Medicine Student Selected Component (SSC) - Language Provision for Year 4 Medical students and staff.

Each group (5-10 students) will have 20 contact hours of tuition and will study for another (at least) 30 hours.

The primary focus of the course is to develop listening (aural) and speaking (oral) skills with special reference to topics and functions related to medicine and the medical profession. Students will also gain a greater understanding of the societies and cultures of countries where the language is spoken with special emphasis to the medical context. Students will be introduced to the language used in general medical situations and (depending on the level and language) be operational in these.

The teaching methodology is learner-centred as great attention is placed upon the cultural background, learning style and needs of each individual student. The course features a strong presence of multimedia digital materials that are accessible online in a flexible manner. The 'social environment' of the classroom is exploited to maximise the opportunities for learners' to practise and improve real-time, face-to-face communication skills.

The assessment is mandatory and its format will depend on the language and level. Here is an example for a French intermediate II level:

  • At the end of weeks 1-4, students will write for homework and submit a 250-400 words essay. The three best essays will count towards the final mark (10% each).
  • At the end of the course, students will give a presentation in front of the class. The topic of the presentation will be relevant to both the course content and student's medical study interest. The presentation will last 10 minutes and will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A session. The presentation will count 70% towards the final mark.

For further information about these courses please contact The SSCs Administrator, Ms Susan Coyle ( or the CULP Director, Mr Nebojša Radić.

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