Applying to Oxford: English and Modern Languages

Hello, and welcome to our new guest series on the blog: applying to Oxford for various subjects. There will be a guest contributor every day writing about their personal experience of applying to Oxford for their own subject.

Today’s post is written by Becca who studies English and French.

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The Final(s) Weeks

*Zayn voice* Hey, what’s up – it’s been a while…

If you used to read my “10.5 Weeks” series and wondered what happened to the last 2.5 weeks, wonder no more. It’s been a long time coming, but if you were curious to know how the last weeks of my degree were, this post is for you! It’s a long one, so grab a snack and a cup of tea!

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Things I Wish People Would Stop Saying About The Year Abroad: Part Two

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was with the overwhelmingly positive response to the first part of this mini-series: it seems a lot of people are tired of being told the same things about their time abroad. With that in mind, I’ve made a nest on my sofa with the Dil Dhadakne Do  soundtrack and a bag of chocolate truffles from Galeria Kaufhof in order to write the next part.

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Should I: Study Modern Languages at Oxford?

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second article in the “Should I?” series. The university admissions season has settled into that quiet period between the arrival of the offer letters and the final exams that determine your grades, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is completely at peace. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of soul-searching among holders of MML places (Modern and Mediaeval Languages) at Oxford, and so I thought I’d give a comprehensive overview of the course structure and the features that set it apart from similar courses at other universities.

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Should I: Teach English in Madrid?

There is no doubt that English skills are at a premium here in Spain, even in the capital city, where one might think that there would be less demand. Interestingly, teaching English privately – I am not here to discuss the auxiliar/language assistant scheme – rarely occurs to second-year linguists making plans for their year abroad, despite it remaining a popular option for recent graduates and (usually) American auxiliars working in Madrid. If you’re a second-year languages student thinking of spending your year (or part of it) in Madrid, this may be an option you haven’t considered before and may be interested in! So how do you know if this would be something you’d enjoy? Continue reading

Oxford Interviews for Modern Languages

It’s that time of year again and questions are flooding in about preparing for Oxbridge interviews to read Modern and Mediaeval Languages. Below is a slightly edited account of my own interviews for German and Spanish at Magdalen which I had originally posted about a year ago on The Student Room. My experience is of course not representative of anyone else’s or Oxford as a whole, given that every interview is a highly personal process that varies from applicant to applicant, subject to subject, year to year, tutor to tutor, and college to college. That said, I feel Modern Languages is misunderstood as a discipline and under-represented in interview guides, so I thought I would share my experience and advice in case it helps anyone.

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