The discipline of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies is concerned with the relation and interaction between Language and Literature in a certain Cultural environment.
Language studies or linguistics is a science that tackles language from the perspective of structure, form, meaning and context, while literature is the art of the written composition, divided in poetry, prose and theatre. The complex discipline of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies aims at enabling the student to build a deep understanding of a culture based on the language and literature of that culture. Language and literature are both a very powerful expression tools and they offer insight into the building elements of a culture, the particular characteristics of a society or social group in terms of spirituality, intellect, emotion and physical environment. These two forms of expression are some of the strongest transmission channels of the cultural heritage of a society and researching those helps understand the drivers and mechanisms of the culture in question.
This fascinating discipline helps to understand and value the cultural diversity of the human society that is becoming more and more globalized and detached to specific culture. Being aware of the different cultural backgrounds of the members of our cross-cultural environment helps not only preserve the valuable artefacts and manifestations of that culture, but also to better communicate and cooperate in our day to day activity.
With the evening classes (Tuesday and Thursday 7-9pm), you can improve your French while working during the daytime. Our language teachers will fit their courses to your specific needs in oral and written French.
English for University Study will prepare you for successful undergraduate or postgraduate study at a UK university, or for entry to one of the academic preparation courses offered by INTO University of Gloucestershire.
Swahili A and Swahili B are interconnected courses that provide a contemporary, exciting, immersive and intensive introduction to the Swahili language – the most international and widely spoken of the indigenous languages on the African continent.
Edinburgh has an incredibly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh's most eminent literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors.
This preparatory English language program helps students to gain the minimum IELTS academic English level required to enter the hotel management diploma programs. The Hospitality Preparatory Program focuses on relevant skills in English comprehension, listening, reading, writing and speaking, and the terminology used within the hospitality industry.
Spanish Program - Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Lenguas Modernas Campus de las Lagunillas S/N
In the first part of the course, students will learn theoretical, ethical, methodological and ethnographic aspects of linguistic fieldwork. Students learn how to analyze the structure of an unknown language.
Being able to express yourself well in Dutch is crucial for success in the Netherlands. Even though you are already familiar with the language, you know that improving your skills is a worthwhile investment in the future. This intermediate course in Dutch sets you on the right path!
The present course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the questions of nations and nationalism in contemporary Europe. It offers an in-depth review of the main research traditions and approaches in the study of nationalism, from such diverse disciplines as cultural studies, gender studies, law, political sociology, political science, and sociology. It evidences the way these various conceptualizations may be applied in concrete case studies.
This course is aimed at anyone who wants to write a biography, memoir or other form of non-fiction. It will use examples and practical exercises to guide students through the skills needed to write interesting non-fiction: research, editing, how to tell a story and ways of using discription.
En rumbo: intermediate Spanish follows on from Portales: beginners’ Spanish (L194). It builds on your existing Spanish knowledge and teaches more advanced language in the context of Spanish and Latin American society and culture.
Dì yi bù: beginners’ Chinese will give you the skills you need to speak and understand simple Chinese (Mandarin) in everyday contexts. No previous knowledge of Chinese is required. This key introductory OU level 1 module will take you through a wide range of practical situations such as socialising, shopping and getting around.