‘Using Languages in Your Career’ workshops


The Open Learning Centre (OLC) is offering two additional workshops as part of a series of  Term 2 workshops: “How to make the most of your language courses”.

The workshops will be focused around the subject ‘Using Languages in Your Career’ and they will explore how student can use their language skills in their future careers.


  • Monday 11 February for Beginner and Intermediate Levels
  • Wednesday 13 February for Advanced Levels

For more information, the Workshop section at the OLC website.

Language & Communication Skills Courses


The Modern Language Centre (MLC) is opening its Language & Communication Skills courses (LCS) on KEATS providing quality language resources for self-access.  The resources are dedicated to the needs of students, staff and the research community at King’s. The courses contain a wide variety of interactive exercises, relevant links, quizzes and self-tests, e-portfolios, collaborative tools (blogs, wikis, forums, chats, etc.) as well as academic resources, such as information on intercultural communication and global career development.

To enrol simply fill in the sign-up form on the following web page:

Online enrolment will remain open until 22 February 2013.

OLC Term 2 Workshops

classroom2The Open Learning Centre is hosting a series of Term 2 workshops: “How to make the most of your language courses“.

The workshops last about 30 minutes and will address general questions relevant to most languages and learners. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards.


  • 30 January: ‘Vocabulary’
  • 27 February: ‘Listening and Speaking’

Time: 17:00 – 17:45

Location: The Open Learning Centre

No booking necessary – just turn up.

For more information, please visit OLC website.

Speaking practice sessions at the OLC

StudentsComputer3The Modern Language Centre’s Open Learning Centre (OLC) is pleased to offer 1 to 1 language speaking practice sessions in 7 different languages. Sessions consist of 15-20 minutes individual speaking practice with one of the OLC language learning advisors. It will give you an additional speaking practice and help you to prepare for your oral language examination. For more information, including list of languages, dates and how to book, please visit Open Learning Centre Website.

Growing demand for Mandarin Lessons

Ying Fu, Modern Language Centre Coordinator for Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean has been interviewed for an article about the growing demand for Mandarin language education. She mentioned the growing popularity of the language as part of the Evening Programme offered by the MLC as well as its increasing role in the business world.

The article discusses the attempts to introduce Mandarin as a subject in schools, as well as its role and importance in business. For more information, please read the full article in the International Business Times.

Boost in Brazilian Portuguese language learning

Rebecca Mallows from the Modern Language Centre (MLC) and Dr Joseph Marques from King’s Brazil Institute have been mentioned in an article about growing demand for Brazilian Portuguese language. In 2008 the Confederation of British industry (CBI), the UK’s largest business lobby, listed Portuguese as one of the priority languages. In addition, over the last few years language schools have registered a growing demand for this particular language.

The MLC has recently released a new course in Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture. Rebecca Mallows, who is originally from Brazil, has contributed to create the new curriculum. In the article, she mentions that people’s motivations to study Portuguese vary; it could be for business but also for personal reasons. She had not planned to become a Brazilian Portuguese language tutor but decided to do so after she was made aware of a high demand for the language learning. At the moment, the MLC has about 100 students registered for Brazilian Portuguese evening classes.

In the BBC article, Joseph Marques, a researcher, stresses the effect that these changes have on Brazil itself. He claims that if Brazil wants to play a bigger role on political and business forums, it needs to invest more in promoting its language and culture.

More information can be found in an article by Ruth Costas on BBC Brasil. The article is written in Portuguese, but it can be easily translated using online translation software. For more information about Portuguese courses offered by Modern Language Centre, please visit King’s website.

Go Global Awards

‘Go Global Awards’ ceremony is taking place on Monday 29th October. Five of the best performing postgraduate students of the Modern Language Centre will be officially recognised for their achievements during 2011/12 academic year. Each student will be awarded with 10 hours of one-to-one tuition by the Modern Language Centre.

The awards event will also launch ‘Go Global Week’ (29th October – 2nd November), a week of events aimed at raising awareness of international opportunities at King’s. On the 29th October, in addition to the MLC awards, Study Abroad & Internships will also be presenting awards to Study Abroad student who have demonstrated academic excellence in their field of study.

MLC students receiving awards:

Assel Kulbayeva (MSc) – Spanish 1
Hanin Omari (MA) – Spanish 1
Anabel Inge (PhD) – Arabic 3
Georgia Kouta (PhD) – Italian 4
Hazel Johannessen (PhD) – German 3

For more information, please visit Go Global page at King’s website.

Asset Languages accreditation changes

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) plans to reduce the number of Asset Languages exams offered from 25 to only 5 in 2014. This decision will leave many languages and language learners without accreditation in the UK. The changes will not affect any of the programmes offered by the Modern Language Centre. However, if students registered for our Evening Courses wish to receive a language certificate, they are encouraged to take the Asset. For more information, please visit certification and exams website.

Dr Terry Lamb on behalf of ‘Speak to the future – the campaign for languages’ started a petition urging OCR to reconsider its plans for Asset Languages, and Government to reconsider its policy towards this accreditation.

To sign the petition, please visit the change.org website, where you can also read more information on planned changes and how they are going to affect the way languages are being taught and accredited.

Modern Language Centre Induction Session

Thinking about taking a language module?

Find out more.

The Modern Language Centre Induction session is on 19th Sept 2012 at 2pm in S-1.27

You will be able to ask us any questions you may have about studying with us, and we will give you information on what is expected from students – as well as the benefits of having a language as part of your degree.

Your home department will be running additional induction events including careers talks, study skills, library tours and, of course, a party! You will be expected to attend all the events as they will be very helpful for settling into King’s.

Enrolling for a language module

Anyone wishing to take a language module must attend our enrolment week in person in September 2012. A language tutor will assess your knowledge of the language in order to place you in the appropriate module.

All enrolments will be in K-1.20 from 24th to 28th September. See timetable, available to download from late August, for exact times by language.

Priority dates for enrolment

24th September – Priority for Study Abroad and Liberal Arts students.
25th/26th September – Priority for UG and PGT students taking modules as part of their degree.
27th/28th September – Priority for PGT and PGR taking additional language modules.