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modern languages undergraduate study 2014 entry

Key information UCAS CODE



AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32

Art History and Modern Languages


AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Modern Languages and Visual Culture


AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

BA Single Honours

Modern Languages - this includes all combinations of French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish

BA Combined Honours

For further details on all our other Combined Honours programmes and entry requirements, please see our Modern Languages pages at: Streatham Campus, Exeter

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Studying Italian at Exeter has provided me with many fantastic opportunities. Through lessons with native speakers during my first, second and final year I’ve been able to fully immerse myself in the Italian language, whilst in my third year I had the opportunity of living in Italy as part of the Erasmus year abroad project. The department at Exeter offers a wide range of module choices in many different subject areas such as linguistics and contemporary literature. The staff are friendly and supportive and they are always available to give advice. Isabel carmichael, final year BA French and Italian

Why study Modern Languages at Exeter? We are one of the strongest and most respected centres for modern languages research, teaching and learning in the UK. Our department comprises five major language areas: French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish and through optional modules we can take you beyond these languages into other languages and cultures. Our degrees offer a high level of choice, allowing you to focus on a main language and its culture, combine two or three languages or study languages alongside another subject. We recognise that your interests are likely to develop during your studies, so our flexible structure allows you to tailor your degree to your strengths by taking up another language or specialising in a particular language area. You can also choose to weight your degree more towards learning about the societies in which these languages are spoken or towards studying languages and linguistics. Your final degree title will fully reflect the choices you make and clearly represent your expertise in a particular language eg, BA French, BA German and Russian, BA Spanish with Italian or BA Italian, Russian and Spanish. We place great emphasis on student support and we involve our students in helping us to improve the programmes. As a department, we pool our expertise in language learning and create a coherent package for your year abroad (including preparation, information, support while abroad and a range of modules tailored to the year abroad experience).

Highly flexible degrees involving one, two or three languages Study the cultures of Europe and beyond with academic specialists Regular guidance in your choice of degree path tailored to your strengths and interests Final degree title represents your choices eg, BA French, BA Spanish with Russian, BA Italian and German 4-year degrees with a well-structured year abroad which may be spent teaching English, on a work placement or in university study Friendly and vibrant teaching and learning environment Our five language areas retain their individual identities and a commitment to the study of each culture through its own language. Our programmes will train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking the languages taught, and also provide you with a critical understanding of key aspects of the culture and society of the countries where the languages are spoken (including Latin America in the case of Spanish). You will develop broad intellectual and skills training that will equip you to compete in the job market.

This combination of five diverse language areas with common aims and structures gives you the best possible deal; studying Russian will open quite different doors from studying Italian or Spanish, but whichever language or languages you study, you’ll leave Exeter as a trained linguist, proficient in learning languages and negotiating other cultures.

Degree programmes If you wish to study Modern Languages at Exeter, our BA in Modern Languages will enable you to study one or more languages (from a choice of French, Spanish, German, Russian and Italian), with a wide variety of different emphases. There’s also the possibility of studying Portuguese or Catalan from second year and of studying Japanese or Mandarin. Alongside core language training, all our programmes offer a choice of options. These cover an exceptionally diverse range of subject areas, including gender, politics and the state, national and regional identities, migrant and minority cultures and the city. Literature and cinema are also studied in their own right and a broad range of genres, periods and movements is covered. In most of our languages, we can also offer teaching on the historical development and/ or contemporary varieties of the language. As well as covering the cultures of the major European nations, we have substantial expertise in those postcolonial nations where our five core languages are spoken, particularly Latin America and Francophone Africa. In your final year you will have the opportunity to practise specialist language skills such as language for business or professional translation skills, in preparation for employment.

Apart from the optional modules listed under the individual languages, we also offer some modules that are open to students of any language. These include modules on linguistics, literature, visual arts and even Chinese culture. These modules allow you to study other cultures even if you are not studying the language itself and will enable you to present yourself to employers as having a broad global outlook. Increasingly we cater for students who have lived or received their education outside of the UK and may already speak one of our languages to native or near-native standard. In these cases we can make it possible for you to spend less time on basic language training in the first and second years and more time on academic study of the relevant culture.

How your degree is structured

You might, for example: • enter studying one language and decide to take up a second from your second year; • e nter studying two languages and either drop one, or even take up a third in your second year. You can still make the shift from two languages to one as late as your final year; • e nter studying two languages, but place more emphasis on the language you prefer; • e nter studying one or two languages and decide to take up a subsidiary subject outside Modern Languages, such as sociology or psychology (subject to the approval of the relevant department). For examples of further pathways and up-to-date details of all our programmes and modules, please see our website at

Degrees are divided into core and optional modules, giving you the flexibility to structure your degree according to your specific interests. Individual modules are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduates need to take 120 credits in each year and you’ll be offered regular guidance in making decisions about your choices by your personal tutor.

Study abroad One of the major attractions of a language degree is the year abroad; it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and develop your ability to cope in an unfamiliar environment. Students taking Combined Honours with Arabic spend their second year in an Arabicspeaking country; otherwise the third year is spent abroad. If you’re studying two of our core languages you’ll normally spend the academic year (a minimum of seven months) in the country of the language in which you are a beginner or feel to be weaker. If you’re studying at post-A level in both languages, you may be able to spend half of the year in one country and half in the other. Depending on the country you’re going to, you’ll have the following options: studying

at a university, teaching English, or working in other employment. Whichever option you choose, we’ll make sure you receive advice and guidance about academic and practical matters before you leave and ensure that there’s a well-defined support network for you while abroad. You’ll be able to swap experiences with other year abroad students through websites and social media and to ask advice from students who were in your locality the year before. The year abroad will develop your progress in, and understanding of, several key areas: language learning, employability skills and the ability to operate successfully in a foreign environment. We’ll help you get the most out of your year abroad and provide you with a skills profile that can be used in preparing job applications.

Recent students who have taken up the option of a work placement have found placements with a wide range of prestigious firms and commercial organisations and in the administrative offices of charities. Through the University’s global employability office we have established links with a range of such firms. For full details about the year abroad please check our website at languages Also check the International Office website at erasmus

French With over 500 undergraduates, French is the largest constituent part of the department of Modern Languages. We’re a dynamic and successful team and our world leading research was ranked ninth in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise.* This research excellence directly inspires our diverse and stimulating teaching programme. We were also ranked third in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2012). Our ambition is to ensure broad academic coverage with maximum choice. You can select from a wide variety of modules in most areas of French studies: cultural studies from the Middle Ages to the present; literature and the visual arts; film; linguistics; and gender studies. These areas may be new to you, but our students rise exceptionally well to the challenge of broadening their intellectual horizons. The flexibility of French studies at Exeter means that you can decide to pursue a broad-based programme of study including modules taken from several of these areas, or else specialise in one or two. You will be expected to become proficient in various spoken and written communication skills, including translation. Some of your classes will be with our team of native French speakers and you’ll have access to state-ofthe-art facilities in the Foreign Language Centre. You can also join the French Society, organised by undergraduate students, and enjoy the varied programme of talks, films, drama and social activities that they arrange. *RAE 2008 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4*

Degree programmes All degrees involving French combine core training in the written and spoken language with the critical study of aspects of French and Francophone culture. The language module has a topic-based syllabus covering a number of subjects of current interest such as leisure, the media, Paris, the provinces, the economy, family and private life. The rich diversity of French culture is reflected in the wide range of optional modules offered from the first year. We recognise the increasingly varied academic backgrounds of our incoming students and aim to cater for differing expectations, inclinations and prior experience. You’ll have the opportunity to study virtually all genres and periods of French literature, as well as French linguistics, French cultural and social issues, gender studies and French cinema. If you choose to spend your year abroad in a French-speaking country, you may want to take advantage of one of our long-standing exchanges with universities such as Rennes, the Sorbonne and Brussels. Alternatively you might want to apply for a job teaching English under the scheme run by the British Council. Other students apply for work placements, which can be part-funded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme.

French modules These are the modules we currently offer in French. For up-to-date details of all our programmes and modules, please check

Year 1

Year 2

French Language

Reinforces and extends the level of the four skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – achieved at A level. The module will consolidate your understanding of French grammar and facilitate your application of this to written and oral tasks. The module will also increase your level of comprehension of written and spoken French and enhance your ability to communicate in accurate French, in a clear and structured manner.

The French Language, Present and Past

Introduces you to the phonetics of contemporary French, to the history of French and to Old French. The module lays the foundations for further linguistic study of French, in its contemporary and historical forms.

An Introduction to French Thought

Provides an introduction to some of the key ideas in French thought and philosophy.

French Cinema from Teaches you how to ‘read’ a film and familiarises you the ‘New Wave’ to with currents in cinema theory and criticism. You’ll the Present Day gain an awareness of the conceptual and cultural issues represented in French cinema (nationality; history; conflict; heritage; gender; sexuality; the body) via a range of genres and modes (new wave; comedy; cinema du look; experimental cinema). Love and Death in French Culture

War and Conflict in French Literature

Examines the development of the themes of love and death in French culture and their points of intersection. You’ll evaluate texts/images as cultural artefacts and the socio-cultural and historical structures whereby these texts/images were produced. Examines the impact of war and conflict on the development of French history and culture and analyses literary texts in their historical and sociocultural context. You’ll develop a comparative approach to literary analysis through the connecting theme of war and conflict.

French Language

Extends your command of reading, speaking and writing French and consolidates your understanding of French grammar, facilitating your application of this to written and oral tasks. Your ability to communicate in accurate French, in a clear and structured manner, will be enhanced and your understanding of the nuances of the French language through the medium of translation will increase.

Evolution of the French Language

Introduces you to the external, and selected aspects of the internal, history of the French language. You’ll develop a familiarity with linguistic concepts and terminology; and you’ll enhance your understanding of the role of both external socio-political and internal linguistic influences on the historical development of the French language.

Contemporary French Film: Issues and Debates

Given its prestige, financial importance, and enormous cultural resonance in France, the field of cinema is well poised to allow us to interrogate how French (filmic) identity is produced and debated through its filmic products. We shall examine how New Wave heritage is negotiated in contemporary films, particularly through the figure of the auteur; how French cinema has constituted itself as a multiplicity of national, transnational and post-colonial sites; the importance of new technologies; and the social and political issues of exclusion and dispossession.

Crime and Punishment in French Fiction

Allows you to analyse the approaches taken by three canonical writers of the 19th and 20th centuries to the theme of crime and punishment. We examine the themes of guilt and redemption, analyse the figure of the outcast, assess the relationship between individuals and the society that formed them as well as evaluating the enduring legacy of these works upon the world in which we live.

French Theatre of the Avant-Garde

introduces you to the critical analysis of plays by means of a range of texts and performance issues from the modern period. It aims to foster a range of critical responses to modern theatre texts and to questions of performance.

Humour in Medieval examines the ways early authors used humour and Early Modern as a tool to challenge and subvert the dominant French contemporary intellectual, religious, social and literary norms. We’ll introduce you to a range of different categories of humour including farce, burlesque, parody, satire and irony, and examine the theoretical and historical background to the use of humour in literature.

Year 3

Spent abroad

Diasporic Cinemas

Introduces you to films from French and francophone cinema that fall under the rubric of diasporic cinema. The module uses film to better understand how, in an increasingly interconnected world, questions of migration, place and the politics of identity are negotiated through cultural representation as well as market forces or political legislation.

Looking Awry: Exploring the Unorthodox in Early Modern France

Introduces the role of the unorthodox in early modern French culture. The module examines the ways in which early modern writers and artists challenged conventional world views, and/or responded to such challenges and evaluates the exploration of unorthodox ideas and of other worlds in a selection of texts by Rabelais, Montaigne, Bruscambille, Cyrano de Bergerac and Molière.

Sex and the Text: Gender and Authority in Late Medieval France

Examines sexual and textual debates in an era of upheaval and conflict for France, when women were also struggling to find a voice and to assert their moral worth. Many previously accepted socio-cultural norms were being challenged and overthrown at this time, including misogynous stereotypes (women as gossips and whores) perpetuated by the writings of male authorities. The module allows you to explore some of the most important sexual and textual debates of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in France.

Writing the Self: Contemporary Francophone Autobiographies

Provides an overview of autobiographical writings in contemporary Francophone literature, through a study of four texts linked by theme and genre. You’ll gain an understanding of recent theories of autobiography and apply these to written texts and develop knowledge of literature of France and its colonies.

Year 4 French Language

Dialectology in France

Extends your command of French vocabulary, syntax and idiom and increases your understanding of the nuances of the French language through the medium of translation. Your ability to communicate in a clear and structured manner, ideas of a complex and abstract nature, both in written and oral form will be enhanced. Familiarises you with the methods and practices of dialectology, especially regarding linguistic variation and change in the phonology of contemporary spoken French. The module develops your familiarity with linguistic and dialectological concepts and terminology and enhances your understanding of regional and social linguistic variation, both generally and with specific reference to French.

Sociolinguistics of French

Familiarises you with the methods and practices of sociolinguistics, especially regarding linguistic variation and change in contemporary French – both phonology and grammar. The module develops your familiarity with linguistic and sociolinguistic concepts and terminology and enhances your understanding of the nature of linguistic variation and communicative competence.

Contemporary French Visual Culture

Introduces you to a range of texts and other cultural artefacts from contemporary French visual culture. All of these pose demanding questions of genre classification and narratorial/spectator positions and require you to critically assess assumptions in viewing and reading. The module aims to foster a range of critical responses to autobiographical projects and memorial practices in a range of media, including text, photography, installation and performance art.

German Studying German at the University of Exeter gives you the opportunity to learn about the culture, literature and society of German-speaking countries, particularly Germany and Austria. These countries have a rich cultural past and play a vital role at the heart of contemporary Europe, where the old European Union meets the newer EU states. The German language is a passport to a rich and diverse community of 120 million speakers, a treasure house of European culture and a major economy whose influence is increasingly globally important. We’ll train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking German, which you’ll put to good use in your year abroad, living in a German-speaking country and in charge of your own linguistic and cultural learning. German at Exeter is small enough for us to know our students well, yet our teaching and research have a very broad reach. We were ranked sixth in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2012). Our research interests feed directly into your undergraduate degree programme, ensuring that you have access to the latest knowledge and ideas, taught by experts in their fields. Though our teaching includes classics of literature, film and thought – such as Kleist’s plays, the films of Fassbinder, or the Communist Manifesto – many texts and topics taught at Exeter are not taught elsewhere in the UK.

We enjoy the support of highly qualified native speakers (LektorInnen) in our language teaching. Social activities, plays and film screenings are organised by the studentrun German Society. In addition to the resources of the University Library (which include the latest research on German language and culture and an extensive DVD collection) many of our modules are supported by online material and there’s a wide range of electronic learning materials in German in the Foreign Language Centre.

Degree programmes The German programme at Exeter offers you a thorough intellectual training in the language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries, while allowing a substantial degree of flexibility. During each of the three years you spend in Exeter, you’ll follow a module in written and spoken German, which includes regular classes with specially trained native speakers. In your first year, you’ll choose from a range of foundation modules which introduce you to key developments in the history, literature and culture of Germany and Austria and train you in the skills of critical analysis. In your second and final years you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of options. From witch-trials in the 17th century to contemporary architecture in Berlin, from the beginnings of the German women’s

movement to the representation of German history in film, our options cover an extensive range of topics in literature, culture and history. If you choose to spend your year abroad in a German-speaking country, you may want to take advantage of one of our long-standing exchanges with universities in Germany or Austria; or you might apply for a job teaching English under the scheme run by the British Council. Other students apply for work placements. All three of these options are part of the EU’s Erasmus Scheme.

German modules These are the modules we currently offer in German. For up-to-date details of all our programmes and modules, please check

Year 1

Year 2

German Language

Provides a sound basis for speaking, writing and understanding German to a high level of linguistic accuracy.

German Language

Extends the linguistic knowledge and the written and oral skills acquired in your first year and prepares you for your year abroad.

A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory

Uses representative examples of literature to remember and analyse German history, with a particular focus on the notion of the ‘archive’: the sum of what is preserved from the past. Examples explored in the module address the international dimension of Holocaust memory, which extends beyond debates taking place within Germany.

Berlin – Culture, History and Politics

Focuses on the specific fate of a German metropolis, demonstrates the impact of historical events on the city, illustrates key cultural aspects of Berlin and fosters an awareness of the links between history, literature and culture.

Ideologies and Identities in German Cinema

Introduces you to some of the key ways in which German cinema from the Weimar era to the present has engaged with ideological debates and with questions of personal and/or political identity. Germany’s exceptionally turbulent 20th-century history has prompted successive generations of filmmakers to ask what Germany is, should be, or has been. In the narrative cinema studied in the module, this intractable ‘German question’ is generally linked to explorations of personal identities, which are viewed in terms of gender, class, and/or race.

Comic Perspectives on German History in Literature and Film

Allows you to focus in some detail on one cultural genre – comedy – and to consider how it is deployed across a range of texts (and a film) to explore the funny side of periods and ideas in German history, including post-Enlightenment absolutism at the beginning of the nineteenth century, women in the Weimar Republic, the Jewish experience of National Socialism, and the divided post-war Germany. You’ll consider how comedy can be both progressive and conservative, depending on the points of view adopted in the text/film and by the audience.

Protest, Priests and Princes: Germany in the Early Modern Period

Offers you opportunity to study the context of Luther’s protest, the reasons for his break with the Papacy, the impact of the Reformation and the religious tensions which ultimately sparked the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648).

Nation and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film

Examines, through selected examples from around 1750 to 1933, how the discussion of nature and the city helped the German people to define major positions in their understanding of themselves both as individuals and as a nation. With texts and material from different areas and epochs you’ll be introduced to the wider field of cultural studies, discuss what determines art and show how the development of the cultural sector contributes to a wider understanding of Germany.

Turning Points in German History 1200-2000

Provides an introduction to the history of Germany as background to the study of the literature and culture of the German-speaking world. Concepts of German identity from the Middle Ages until today – including a range of turning points in Germany’s history – will be analysed in order to demonstrate the impact of political, ideological, religious and cultural debates on Germany’s history and its role as a nation state.

War, Passion and Possibly Love: Approaches to Genre in German Literature

Provides an introduction to text analysis by focusing on the presentation of war, passion and love in a variety of literary genres. You will analyse examples of written works and assess the literary techniques and devices employed by the writers to express their views and emotions.

German modules (contd) Year 3

Spent abroad

Year 4 German Language

Develops your oral and written translation between German and English to a high level of accuracy and allows you to develop skills for use in a professional setting.

Pamphlets and Propaganda in German and Austrian History

Introduces you to decisive periods of German History and culture by evaluating propaganda documents in their historical and political contexts. As well as language and style, you’ll pay attention to visual rhetoric, images and films.

Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years

Gives you the chance to study one of the most vibrant periods of Germany’s cultural life: the 1920s. Material from a range of cultural fields – film, art, literature, history – demonstrates the social tensions and creative innovations of the era. The ultimate failure of Weimar’s attempts at democracy is also discussed.

Violence, Gender and Nationhood in the Works of Heinrich von Kleist

Enables you to gain an overview of the stories and plays of one of Germany’s foremost writers, building on your interpretative skills and expanding your knowledge of the literary and political context of the early 19th century. The module encourages you to explore presentations of violence in relation to concepts of gender and nationhood in Kleist’s work and helps you to develop an awareness of the ambiguity and complexity of his work.

Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria

Allows you to explore areas of German and Austrian history – National Socialism, Jewish culture, and East Germany – through a study of objects rather than more conventional documents. While the horrors of dictatorship and their difficult legacies form the background to the exhibitions discussed, the module also celebrates the creativity, professionalism, and community activism which go into making history exhibitions in Germany and Austria today.

Italian Studying Italian at the University of Exeter brings you into contact with one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. Italian at Exeter is intimate enough to offer you personal support in your studies, but ambitious enough to maintain diverse research expertise amongst its staff. The passionate research interests of our lecturers give you access to a wide range of aspects of Italian culture. You’ll be able to interact with this research by following particular pathways, including Italian film, literature, linguistics (including dialectology), or Italy’s political history, specialising according to your interests or studying across a broad range. If you’re not yet sure which area of Italian interests you, our introductory options in your first year will give you a flavour of the directions of study you might follow. Our department has one of the highest percentages of native Italian-speaking staff in the UK and we offer a friendly, supportive and challenging atmosphere that provides high quality teaching. We were ranked second in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2012). We value our extensive contacts with universities and other institutions in Italy as part of the Erasmus scheme. Thanks to these exchanges there is a constant presence of Italian students in our Italian team, giving it a distinctive atmosphere and making Italian the language of much of its day-to-day life.

By the end of your degree you will have developed strong skills in spoken and written language and analytical thought, a deeper understanding of another culture and people, and have proven to yourself and others that you can meet a challenge head on. As our graduates testify, studying Italian will equip you with the skills employers seek across a wide range of professions.

Degree programmes Italian is a relatively easy language for someone with a good knowledge of French, Spanish or Latin to make a start in and to progress rapidly. About three-quarters of our yearly intake are beginners in Italian; the rest either have A level Italian or an equivalent qualification.

Italian modules These are the modules we currently offer in Italian. For up-to-date details of all our programmes and modules, please check

Year 1

Year 2

Italian Language

Assumes a knowledge of Italian grammar and a reasonable level of written and oral fluency. It aims to build on these foundations through a combination of written work (grammar exercises, essay-writing, translation and comprehension of texts in a variety of styles and registers) and oral practice (classes in small groups with native speakers).

Italian Language (A level + 1 year) or Italian Language (post-beginners)

Explores the main issues of a critical period of Italian history (1919-1945), the events that led to the rise of Fascism, the most important features of the Fascist regime, its colonial policy, its relationship with the Church and its anti-Semitism. It further examines the anti-fascist movement during the regime and the Resistance in 1943-1945.

Italian Language for Beginners

Gives you basic proficiency in modern Italian, written and spoken. The module includes translation, essay writing, comprehension, grammar exercises and oral classes with native speakers.

Italian Fiction of the 19th Century

Boomtime Italy

Examines the late 1950s and early 1960s, a period in Italian history known as the ‘economic miracle’, when, in the space of a few years Italy moved from being an agricultural, Catholic nation to an urban, industrialised one, dramatically affecting its sense of national identity and laying the foundations of contemporary Italy. Italian cinema dramatised the changes of this period in a series of important films, some of which raised the profile of Italian directors on the international scene, and some of which defined new and important popular genres.

Provides a detailed study of a highly influential book, Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi (1840-1842). This novel played a major role in the development of Italian fiction and literary language, and was at the centre of political, moral, and religious debates. The module will mainly focus on recurring themes, characters, and situations, as well as on narrative techniques and style. It will also acquaint students with the major events of a momentous period in Italian history, and introduce them to the practice of stylistic analysis.

Introduction to Dante: Inferno

Dante’s Divina Commedia, a landmark of world literature, has had a profound influence on Italian life, culture and the language itself ever since it was written in the first twenty years of the fourteenth century. This module introduces you to the first of the poem’s three cantiche, which includes many of the poem’s most famous encounters, as well as passages containing Dante’s depiction and judgement of his native Florence.

Introduction to Italian Linguistics

Introduces you to essential linguistic concepts, as applied to Italian phonology, morphology, syntax and discourse. You will also find out whether you wish to pursue further linguistic study of Italian in your final year.

Love (and Marriage?) in Italian Cinema

The Italians are a romantic people, announces bestselling Italian author and film-maker Federico Moccia, in one of his latest films, and he has achieved great success by depicting love as a personal and a national concern. On this module you will consider this image of Italy from the perspective of Italian cinema’s most popular genre – comedy – and examine how ideas about romance, love and marriage translate onto the contemporary Italian screen.

The Pursuit of Italy in 19th Century History and Literature

Gives you (both beginners and post-A level) a clear starting point in your approach to modern Italian culture. We will briefly re-examine the historical events prior to 1861 – when regional states disappeared to make room for a single national state – and the five following decades. We will also consider the practical and general culture of Italians in that period. The focus is mainly on the role played by literature in the formation of a national consciousness.

Year 3

Spent abroad

Year 4 Italian Language

Enables you to reach a high level of proficiency in modern Italian, written and spoken, with emphasis on a variety of journalistic and literary styles.

Italian Language Written

Involves translation, in both directions, of a range of texts from various genres and in various styles. Most of them relate to aspects of modern and contemporary Italy.

Beauty and the Beast Looks at what constitutes beauty in Italian cinema and addresses what this emphasis can tell us about Italian spectators’ desires and experience. In this module we trace the origins of the cult of beauty and a tendency to strip its putative possessors of intelligence, and often of sexual continence. Contemporary Italy: Social and Cultural Change

Gives an overview of recent Italian history, with particular attention to the changes that have affected the lives of most Italians (the development of consumption, Italy’s place in the world economy, social mobility, income re-distribution, immigration, and women’s new roles). The module also introduces contemporary culture in its wider sense, familiarising you with Italian design, fashion, television, newspapers, films, music, uses of language, etc.

Dante: Purgatorio and Paradiso

Builds on the knowledge of the Inferno acquired in the second year Dante module, with a more selective approach to the remaining two cantiche of the Divine Comedy. The cantos studied deal with such themes as Dante’s concept of the poet/prophet and his definitive judgement on the society of his time, and will dispel the commonly-held view that the rest of Dante’s masterpiece is an anti-climax after the Inferno.

Learning Italian at Exeter is an experience like no other; it provides all the wonders of Italianità and more! The invaluable opportunities on offer transform what begins as an area of study into a deep and meaningful cultural awareness. For me the programme has brought the Italian language to life in a way that I had never thought possible. Matthew Docherty, final year BA French and Italian

Russian Russia was one of the most significant cultural and political forces of the 20th century, not to mention earlier times, and will undoubtedly continue to play a major role in 21st century culture, history and politics. Studying Russian at Exeter gives you a fascinating opportunity to learn about a centuries-old culture which has had an enormous influence on our own view of the world. You’ll be able to experience some of the great works of literature and art such as Crime and Punishment, and Eugene Onegin, as well as exciting, lesserknown novels and poems that make up much of Russian cultural life. You’ll also be able to study Russia’s past, with modules specialising in the tumultuous history of Russia in the 20th century. You’ll be learning a language spoken by over 288 million people as their first language: Russian currently ranks fifth in the number of speakers worldwide and is one of the six official languages of the UN. It is a strategically important language, not least because Russia is one of the four largest emerging markets (BRIC) in the world today. Exeter is a vibrant and inspiring place to study Russian. You’ll work within a supportive study environment which stimulates enjoyment of the language and independent study. We’ll provide you with challenging intellectual training (from leading experts in a range of research fields) as well as personal and work skills that are essential for employment after you graduate. We also provide the skills and expertise for those who wish to pursue further research. On top of this, your year abroad enables you to gain greater competence in the Russian language, further your knowledge of Russian culture and society and develop your capacity for independent learning.

Degree programmes Our degrees train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking and writing Russian, which will enable you to communicate readily on a personal and professional basis. You can choose from a range of options in the language, literature, history and culture of Russia, and we encourage you to develop your own particular interests within those areas. We also provide you with wide-ranging knowledge and expertise and develop your skills in analytical and critical thinking. We teach you to present your ideas and your work in a thoroughly professional manner, in order to increase your employability. If you choose to spend your year abroad in Russia, you can benefit from our longstanding arrangement with a non-profitmaking company that organises study trips for undergraduates, in particular helping with travel and visa arrangements and providing excellent briefing and support. In the first year, beginners in Russian follow an intensive language course designed to bring them up to a high standard in spoken and written Russian in a relatively short period of time.

Russian modules These are the modules we currently offer in Russian. For up-to-date details of all our programmes and modules, please check

Year 1 Russian Language

Year 3 Builds upon language skills previously acquired at A level (or GSCE) and it will ensure a sound grammatical and structural understanding of the principles of the Russian language. You will increase your Russian vocabulary, develop strategies for comprehension and vocabulary acquisition and increase your confidence in the use of written and spoken Russian.

Russian Language for Beginners

Enables you to acquire skills in speaking, understanding, reading and writing basic Russian. It will give you a firm grounding in the Russian language which will enable you to continue your studies of the language in years 2-4.

Introduction to Russian History and Culture

Looks at key aspects of Russia’s history and culture from the time of Kievan Rus’ to Putin’s Russia.

Year 2 Russian Language

Will develop the language skills you acquired in year one, to prepare you for the linguistic challenges presented by residence and study in Russia in the third year. This module also provides a solid foundation for advanced language studies in the final year.

Short fiction by Pushkin, Gogol and Turgenev

Introduces you to the prose fiction of three key Russian authors of the 19th century. Through a mixture of close textual reading and exploration of the broader literary and social context you will trace the many links between the stories: the heroes of all four works are struggling to find their place in society, and are prey to ambition, delusion, and disillusion.

Soviet History 1917-1991

Introduces you to major issues in Soviet history from the Revolutions of 1917 to the collapse of the USSR in 1991. The module will examine key stages in the development of what was to become the Stalinist state, examine the attempted reforms of Khrushchev and Gorbachev and explore the causes of the Soviet Union’s decline.

Spent abroad

Year 4 Russian Language

Builds on the skills acquired during the first two years of language learning, and during the year of study abroad, so as to develop a high standard of linguistic ability, both in spoken Russian and in translation from and into Russian. You’ll develop the use of the syntax and lexis of the language by engaging with texts which cover a wide range of topics and styles.

Exile and Emigration Will give you the chance to explore the dominant in 20th Century themes of exile and emigration in literary works Russian Literature by Russian émigrés in the 20th century and to ask questions such as: What makes exiles and émigrés different from writers working in their native countries? Whom do they write for, and who reads their work? and How do authors seek to reconstruct or preserve their homeland through literature? The Stalin Era

Explores the complex political, social and cultural world of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. You’ll develop your awareness of how this period of Russian history has been interpreted and choose a particular aspect of the Stalin years to investigate in detail.

St Petersberg

Gives you the chance to explore the city of St Petersburg that has been constructed by Russian authors through the 19th and 20th centuries. This city has been used by writers as a site for narratives both fantastic and disturbing, the home of characters driven mad by ambition or their inability to distinguish dreams from reality. In the 20th century, the city experienced the crises of revolution, civil war, Terror, and the wartime siege, all of which contributed to the shaping of the ‘Petersburg myth’ in literature.

Pushkin’s Evgenii Onegin

Allows you to explore in depth Pushkin’s ‘novel in verse’, one of the most influential Russian literary texts ever written, and discover why this short text (21,000 words) occupies such a prominent place in Russia’s cultural traditions. The 19th century critic Belinskii called it ‘an encyclopaedia of Russian life’, a realistic reflection of Russia; others see it as a virtuoso display of literary allusions, echoes, and parody, a demonstration of Pushkin’s manipulative skill.

Spanish Spanish is one of the world’s major languages, with 350 million native speakers in 21 Spanish-speaking countries. Spain itself has the fifth largest population in the European Union. Because of its importance commercially and as a language of cultures on both sides of the Atlantic which few can rival, Spanish is one of the most valuable and exciting languages you can learn. It can be picked up relatively easily from scratch, particularly if you have already studied French. The Hispanic Studies team at Exeter has diverse expertise in Hispanic languages and cultures (including Portuguese and Catalan) and produces world-leading research. We were ranked sixth in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2012). Our degree programmes enable you to study an ambitious range of subjects within the field of Hispanic Studies, and you have a wide variety of options to choose from. We place strong emphasis on the practical use of the Spanish language and you’ll be able to develop fluency in the understanding and use of Spanish in a wide range of contexts. During your studies you’ll come to understand the historical development of Spain and the Hispanic world and be introduced to some of the most inspiring and famous works of art and literature, including the visual arts, painting and cinema. You’ll learn about the disciplines of linguistics, history and literary criticism, while gaining an insight into the life of Spain and Latin America.

Degree programmes All degrees involving Spanish combine core training in the written and spoken language with the critical study of aspects of Hispanic culture. The first year is a foundation year in which you will learn about key elements of the literature, film, history and society of the Spanish-speaking world, from canonical literary texts of a broad period to problems of nationhood in contemporary Latin America. After the first year you have an extensive choice of options allowing you to specialise in areas that interest you. That might mean pursuing an interest in Latin American studies, concentrating on literature or film, or majoring in linguistic studies (taking modules in linguistics or picking up Portuguese or Catalan). If you choose to spend your year abroad in a Spanishspeaking country, we have well-established exchanges with Spanish and Mexican universities or you can apply for a teaching placement in Spain or Latin America. Other students secure work placements: if these are in Spain they can be supported by EU Erasmus Work Placement funding.

Spanish modules These are the modules we currently offer in Spanish. For up-to-date details of all our programmes and modules, please check

Year 1 Spanish Language

Aims to consolidate your grammatical knowledge of Spanish, the acquisition and increase of lexicon, and the improvement of comprehension and expression in both written and oral forms.

Spanish Language for Beginners

An intensive language course which aims to bring beginners and GCSE entrants to A level standard or beyond by the start of the second year of study. The module includes grammar exercises; translation; composition; reading comprehension; and oral classes with a native speaker.

Hispanic Journeys

Examines literary journeys in a selection of Spanish prose and verse: from civilisation into barbarism, from modernity into retrenched tradition, or from enlightened liberalism into intolerance. Alternatively, the journey might be construed as a form of liberation or emancipation, as reality and rational analysis yield to the promptings of dream and the unconscious. Study of the texts will yield an appreciation of their contextual anchoring in their own society and their entailments in intellectual history.

Contemporary Latin America: Culture, Society and Institutions

Examines seminal 20th-century political developments, such as the Mexican Revolution, military dictatorship and the transition to democracy. In the second half of the module, these topics and the challenging issues raised by them are considered through a range of high/popular cultural sources such as music and film.

Gender Perspectives

Asks a series of questions, including: Why has gender become such an important social and political issue? How does it relate to sex and to the body? How does it affect our life, actions and identity? Understanding the role that gender has played in Spanish history, culture and society will develop your awareness of this central concept in UK and Spanish equality legislation. You will use legal, literary and journalistic texts, films and advertising to examine Spain from a gender perspective and enhance your understanding of a key contemporary debate.

The Generation of 1898: Imagining Spain

Focuses on the historical and intellectual context of the loss of Empire and subsequent cultural reflection and revision. We shall probe particularly the Generation’s uses of the Spanish landscape and the Spanish cultural tradition in a search for meaning.

Memory and Identity in Twentieth Century Spain

Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context (compulsory for beginners in Spanish)

Year 2

Introduces you to the concept of cultural and historical memory, which continues to be the subject of controversy and extensive debate in contemporary Spain, most notably in the ongoing reassessment and understanding of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the Franco Dictatorship, and their legacy. To further your understanding of this concept, you’ll study examples of film and literary texts that respond in various ways to key moments in twentieth-century Spanish history: from the ‘disaster’ of 1898, through the Spanish Civil War and Franco Dictatorship, to the ‘Transition’ and modern democracy. Introduces you to a representative sample of Hispanic texts and films from a variety of genres and periods, and acquaints you with the salient thematic emphases and motifs of key works and their essential historical background. The module will familiarise you with the principal socio-cultural issues underpinning Hispanic creative work across several centuries.

Spanish Language (A level + 1 year) or Spanish Language (post-beginners)

Increases your understanding of the target language in both its written and spoken forms, improves your capacity for self-expression in Spanish, and instils accuracy and correctness of expression.

An Introduction to Portuguese

Gives you a practical working knowledge of the language, enabling you to read simple Portuguese texts and to communicate at a basic level. You’ll gain a theoretical understanding of the linguistic structure of Portuguese and of how it differs from Spanish. You will also understand the historical circumstances and events leading to the establishment of Portugal as a separate country.

Federico García Lorca: Theatre and Poetry

Establishes links between Lorca’s work as a playwright and his work as a poet. We will use music, image and text to discuss dramatic and poetic form and content and will take into account the influence on Lorca of psychoanalytical concepts such as homosexual panic. We will also investigate artistic tendencies such as cubism in the work of Spain’s greatest modern playwright and poet.

Franco’s Spain: Narratives under Dictatorship

Explores the ways in which Spanish fiction following the Civil War responded to social, political and cultural contexts. The development of the Spanish novel from the 1940s to the 1960s will be traced, with particular attention given to literary trends such as tremendismo, Objectivism, Social Realism and the New Novel.

Spanish modules (contd) Year 2 (contd) Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Introduces you to the fundamentals of Spanish linguistics and to the basic theoretical concepts, thus laying the foundation for further linguistic study during the year abroad and in the final year.

Love and Death in Spanish Drama

Considers the dramatisation of love and death in a series of canonical texts drawn from 20th-century Spanish theatre. Such universal themes are mediated, in the plays, by an exploration of the dramatic possibilities of Expressionism and the absurd (as in Divinas palabras), by self-conscious poetic drama (as in Mariana Pineda), or by folk drama in which magic, myth and legend are fused in a text with telluric overtones (La dama del alba).

Nation and Narration in 19th and 20th-Century Latin America

Provides an insight into Latin American political and cultural history by viewing key 19th and 20thcentury texts in the context of ideas about nation, nation-building processes and the emergence of the modern nation-state.

Spanish Film Under Franco

Combines an overview of cinema in Spain during the Franco dictatorship with close analysis of selected films. Spanish cinema in this period ranges from propaganda pictures, popular cinema and oppositional art films. In our analysis of the selected films we will consider how they reflect and interpret political and social contexts, and how cinematic expression developed over the years.

Year 3

Spent abroad

Year 4 Spanish Language

Enhances and develops further skills in the translation of a variety of texts from and into Spanish. You’ll improve your writing skills in Spanish through a series of focused styles of writing, including journalistic texts such as editorials and reports, essays, speeches and short stories. On completion of the course, you should have achieved levels C1/ C2 of the Common European Framework of reference for languages.

Catalan Studies

Consolidates your knowledge of the Catalan language by enabling you to gain advanced skills in comprehension, speaking and writing. The module also introduces key aspects of Catalan culture and history.

Commercial Spanish Develops specific language skills linked to business or situations that take place within the business and economic world. It also provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the evolution of the Spanish economy and society within the last thirty years and the place the country now occupies within the wider economic framework of Europe. Recovery of Historical Memory

Analyses literary texts within a historical context and studies in detail the period from the end of the Spanish Civil War to the advent of democracy and the consequences of the democratic transition. The module emphasises conflicting imaginative readings of the Civil War, the competing mythologies it generated and the processes of its recall.

Crossing Media in Spanish Visual Culture

Explores key encounters between novel, theatre, painting and film in 20th century Spanish culture. These instances of ‘crossing media’ will be considered alongside theories of adaptation and intermediality, and particular attention will be paid to shifting historical contexts and questions of gender.

Spanish Romantic Drama

Analyses the dominant themes of Spanish romantic theatre – love, honour, identity, gender, destiny, religious faith and questioning, and death – and examines its cultural positioning both in its reformulation of characteristic Golden-Age structures and motifs and in its later projection into 19th-century Italian opera.

Women and Feminism in 20thCentury Spain

Analyses the extent to which history has generated a distinctively Spanish brand of feminism. Women’s role in Spanish society has changed rapidly, juggling tradition and modernity in a unique way. We will analyse the productivity of key concepts in gender theory, such as representation, subjectivity, repression and abjection, and, at the same time, examine gender in relation to body and psyche, sex and sexuality, the individual and the social.

New languages for 2014 We are delighted to offer options in two new languages:

Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese.

Either of these languages can be built into your Modern Languages degree from level 1 without prior knowledge. Mandarin Chinese You may study Mandarin Chinese from scratch intensively for six hours a week at each level, and also add a culture-based optional module. Current option modules include:

Reading China: from Mandarins to Revolutionists (MLM2010) – 15 credits You will explore the foundational elements of Chinese culture and society from a historical perspective, thereby better understanding present-day China. You will learn about the major periods and issues in China’s development, and the intellectual traditions and social/political structures that shaped the nation. This module is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, and is suitable for both specialist/non-specialist students interested in acquiring introductory knowledge of Chinese culture and society. It is also recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

Ritual and Power: Text and Image of Chinese Landscapes (MLM3010) – 15 credits Landscape is an important and recurring theme in Chinese culture. You will investigate Chinese landscapes as agents of ritual and power, examining texts and images drawn from Chinese philosophies, literature, paintings and prints from pre-Qin period to the present. You will develop analytical responses to Chinese cultural history, and assess how Chinese identity is produced, challenged and reproduced through its landscape practices. There are no pre-requisites or corequisites. This module is suitable for specialists and non-specialists and recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

Portuguese You may study Portuguese from scratch for five hours a week at beginner’s level from level 1, and for three hours a week thereafter. You may also study a culturebased option module. Current option modules include:

Portuguese as a Global Language (MLS2065) – 15 credits This module takes you from the establishment of Portuguese in the 13th century to its status as one of the world’s most spoken languages in the 21st century, revealing its social and historical background and how it diversified. You will study the characteristics of different Portuguese varieties around the world by exploring relevant texts of European, Brazilian and Mozambican Portuguese, and observe a new variety in the making: East Timorese Portuguese.

The Lusotropical Tempest: An Introduction to Lusophone Africa (MLS3059) – 15 credits This module is suitable for nonspecialist students interested in learning about Luso-African experiences of colonisation, decolonisation and nationbuilding. Drawing on key theoretical texts from Anglophone and Lusophone postcolonial theory, the module focuses on representations of empire, violence, revolution and the postcolonial experience in 20th century Angolan and Mozambican literature, film and photography.

BA Modern Languages and Visual Culture The BA Modern Languages and Visual Culture is a Combined Honours degree which enables you to divide your time equally between these two related subject areas. You will study half of your modules from the BA Modern Languages and the other half from Visual Culture. On the modern languages side there is a great choice of modules enabling you to combine language skills with learning about the society in which a language is spoken. These society-based modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, gender studies, literature and cinema. Visual culture is an exciting area of study which incorporates a number of established subject-areas, including art history and cultural studies. It will be of particular appeal if your interests are in fine and modern art, the history of art, cinema, literature, cultural history, philosophy, sociology or modern languages.

By studying visual culture, you will learn how to interpret visual images in order to understand contemporary and past societies, and also how these images are a reflection of a society itself and the belief systems to which it adheres. For example, you might explore the emergence of a ‘society of the spectacle’ alongside the rise of reality TV and social media in everyday life, or the idea of ‘virtual war’. During your second and third years you will be able to follow your interests through a wide range of optional modules: you can choose to study art and material culture in ancient societies; look in detail at the way art history works; or focus on visual culture within a specific society or time period right up to the modern day.

Combined Honours Many of our languages can be combined with a wide range of other subjects. Students take the same compulsory modules in each year as those students studying just modern languages and a reduced number of options.

History and Languages gives you the opportunity to explore history alongside your development of excellent language skills.

Arabic will provide you with a thorough understanding of the culture and literature of the Arab peoples alongside the knowledge gained of the Modern Language you follow.

International Relations or Politics and Languages allows you to explore the political, historical, institutional, social, economic and cultural forces that mediate the exercise of power within and between nations.

Art History provides an excellent grounding in both traditional fine arts and contemporary visual forms alongside the languages you study. arthistory

Philosophy or Sociology brings to life the range of intellectual thought and social diversity associated with important contemporary issues. philosophy

Classical Studies gives you a wonderful opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring the culture and thought of the ancient world with the study of a Modern Language.

Flexible Combined Honours

English and a Modern Language places emphasis on literary study and covers a broad range of developments in literature in its historical and national contexts. Modules are provided in the language to help you develop the necessary critical skills to read literary texts. Film Studies and Languages will enhance your understanding of film as part of a global cultural network.

This innovative Combined Honours scheme enables you to combine modules from a number of different fields of study not otherwise available through an existing Combined Honours programme. You can combine either French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish with up to two other subjects from an extensive list. Throughout your degree you will be given regular support to help you choose the most appropriate pathway for you. Further information and the full list of available subjects can be found at

Learning and teaching Teaching on our culture modules is varied: a class about linguistics takes a rather different form from a class about theatre or film, for instance. Most modules involve a combination of lectures and seminars, backed up by smaller group work and webbased learning via the University’s online learning environment. Between classes you prepare material, evidence and arguments, individually or in groups. Seminars are your chance to try out ideas, present material to other members of the group and respond to new material on the basis of the critical techniques you’ve been taught. Because our culture modules are taught by experts you will have access to the latest research ideas and methods, especially in final year modules. In practice this might mean studying an author who was previously ignored and who you are helping to ‘discover’; studying a new film or museum exhibition that nobody has had a chance to write about yet; or it might mean studying a facsimile of a manuscript that only a few researchers have seen. This research-inspired teaching will give you an insight into how universities create new knowledge and you will be taught by people with immense enthusiasm for subjects that they know inside out. Our language teaching aims not just to improve your production and comprehension of the language but also to help you develop your language-learning skills. These will enable you to take responsibility for your language learning, to continue learning the language(s) after graduation and to pick up new languages in the future.

Written language is taught through weekly classes of around 18 students with teams of tutors who contribute to a programme aimed at grammar improvement and the development of advanced writing skills. You’ll also have weekly oral practice in classes of eight to ten students with native speakers of the language(s) that you are studying. In the final year you will be able to specialise in language skills for professional purposes, a valuable addition to your CV. All language students have access to the language-learning facilities provided by the Foreign Language Centre.

Research-inspired teaching Teaching that is inspired by research means that you’ll be taught by staff who are acknowledged experts in their fields, and that you’ll have access to the latest knowledge and innovation. All staff teach options which are linked to their own interests which include the study of: World War Two, Soviet literature, Soviet history, and poetry (Russian); Medieval and 17th20th century literature, linguistics, gender studies, film, Medieval and contemporary philosophy (Italian); the literature and culture of the early modern period, the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, cultural memory, museums and film (German); romance linguistics, Spanish Romanticism, modern Spanish literature and film, Latin American culture, Catalan studies, women’s literature, and translation studies (Spanish); linguistic variation and change, Medieval, early modern and modern literature, thought, culture and society (French).

Academic support All students have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. Within Modern Languages, a schedule of group and individual meetings for each year of study ensures that you have different kinds of advice and discussion with your personal tutor at the times when you need it most. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit. You can find further information about all the services in the University’s undergraduate prospectus or online at

Assessment You’ll be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework (which includes essays, dissertation, projects and other written tasks and oral presentations). You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification. For full details of the assessment for each module, check the undergraduate section of our website at

Careers A Modern Languages degree from Exeter provides you with a range of academic, personal and professional skills that prepare you for future employment. Linguists not only have the same range of skills as other students in the Arts (eg, gathering and evaluating information, presenting convincing arguments, and managing deadlines); in addition, they can do all this in a foreign language and, if asked to, in a foreign country! This added value allows languages graduates to access employment in a wide range of employment fields such as finance, law, business, the Civil Service and

the teaching profession. Reaching final-year level in one of our languages should enable you to use it in a professional environment. During your year abroad you’ll not only learn to live in a different culture but you will develop independence and adaptability, qualities greatly in demand by graduate recruiters. Many students from the department take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and

employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates. Further details on the destinations of our graduates can be found at: undergraduate/employability

Examples of the destinations of our recent graduates:

Examples of further study followed by our graduates:


• MA Arts and Cinema Studies, Columbia University, New York • MA Marketing Management, Business School, Madrid • MA Translation Studies, University of Warwick • MA Interpreting and Translation, University of Bath • MRes European Languages and Cultures, University of Exeter • MA Applied Translation, University of Exeter • MA Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Oxford • PGCE Secondary Spanish, University of Exeter • MA French Literature and Culture, Kings College London

Ambassador’s Secretary // Magazine Editor // Trainee Chartered Accountant // German Content Expert // European Funding Officer // Translator/Editor // Production Assistant // Media Analyst // Relationship Manager // English as a Foreign Language Teacher


Guardian News and Media // Metropolitan Police // American Express // Fiat Group Automobile // Embassy of Chile // Warner Music Ltd // Lego // Microsoft // British Gas // Condé Nast Publications

As I come to the end of my time here at the University of Exeter, I can safely say that it has been a most rewarding and enriching experience. Studying languages at this level is no easy task, but with such helpful members of staff, native speakers, ample computers and technological aids, and a modern working environment, learning can be surprisingly enjoyable! With the option to spend my year abroad in South America, I was able to benefit greatly from learning about a new culture and my Spanish improved quickly. James Cordle, 4th year Spanish and French

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Russian is (I am regularly informed) one of the most difficult languages to learn, but because we have a lot of contact hours, especially for first year beginners, and small classes sizes, we seem to pick it up at a rate of knots! Being taught by native speakers is amazing, especially for pronunciation, although it’s also rather helpful to have a native English speaker for help with grammar. We get the best of both worlds! As students of Russian we’ve got to know each other, and the teaching staff, really well, which makes for a great atmosphere. Lily Hawker-Yates, BA Classical Studies and Russian

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