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.

Continue at King’s

artshumsThe Marketing Department at King’s is organising a ‘Continue at King’s’ event, aimed at final year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students across all Strand schools. The event will encourage  students to stay on at King’s and undertake Postgraduate or Research-based study, and also to consider programmes in Schools other than those they’ve been based in up until now.

The event it taking place on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 in the Great Hall in King’s Building.

12:30 Stalls open to students
13:00 Welcome from the Graduate School
13:30 How to write a research proposal – EJS (for those interested in PGR programmes)
14:00 Programme specific talks
17:00 Close

Current students, Student Ambassadors and alumni will be present in the Great Hall to chat to potential Postgraduate students and there will be some Christmas catering available.

To register for ‘Continue at King’s’ please complete the Online Booking Form. More information can be found on King’s website.

Language Buddies event



If you are enrolled on one of the online Language and Communication Skills courses in French/German/Italian/Spanish you are invited to our first ‘Language Buddies’ event this year. You will be able to meet other learners of ‘your’ language, share your language learning experiences, find a tandem partner and discover ways of communicating with other students – in real life or via social media.

Join us at the Open Language Centre in the first basement of Strand Campus (K -1.072) on Tuesday 4 December from 4-6pm.

Felicitas Hoppe, Buechner Prize Winner 2012 – Public Reading at KCL, Dec 3rd

hoppeThe German Department at King’s College London, the German Department at University College London, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are delighted to invite you to a public reading by Felicitas Hoppe, winner of the Buechner Prize 2012, the most prestigious award in German literature.

Public Reading by Felicitas Hoppe, Buechner Prize Winner 2012

Monday, December 3rd, 18.30

King’s College London

Strand Campus, Strand Building

Room S-2.08

Celebrated in the press as a “genius” (Frankfurter Allgemeine) and author of “the most beautiful and most intelligent prose in Germany” (Denis Scheck, ARD), Felicitas Hoppe will read from her latest novel, entitled HOPPE. In this piece of quasi-autobiographical fiction, Hoppe plays a textual game that weaves together layers of realism, biography and aesthetic invention: “An artistic self-image of radical romanticism, unchallenged in contemporary literature” (Spiegel).

The reading will be held in German. Everyone is welcome! Entry is free.

For more information and updates on this event, please visit German Department Events page and King’s website.

Wine tasting workshop – Christmas Sparkle

Bubbles are needed for the Festive season. Would you choose Prosecco over Cava? Award winning English Sparkling wine or just go for Champagne? Join us to decide which Fizz is just pleasure in a glass…

The Modern Language Centre invites you to join us for our wine tasting workshops. Our expert wine educator, Vivienne Franks, will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for wine tasting. The wine tasting workshops take place at King’s College Strand Campus at 7-9pm.

Our next workshop – ‘Christmas Sparkle’ is taking place on 6th December 2012. For more information, please visit the wine tasking workshop page on King’s website.  The enrolment closes on 29th November, so make sure that you book your place quick!

Postgraduate module assessment awards

A picture of one of the awarded students

Hazel Johannessen

The Modern Language Centre (MLC) is awarding its most prominent Postgraduate students with free, one-to-one tailor-made tuition. This year, the awards were presented during the Go Global week at King’s College London.

Two PhD students at King’s, Anabel Inge and Hazel Johannessen, will start their 10 hours of free tuition in mid-November. Anabel will be doing Arabic at Level 4, while Hazel will be doing German at Level 4 with a particular focus on reading texts. Asselle Kulbayeva, MSc student at King’s will also take up her free tutition, she will be doing Spanish at Level 2.

The MLC will be awarding 5 of the highest achieving Postgraduate students each year. In order to qualify, students have to sit the final assessment within their module. It is a fantastic opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for the hard work and, as a result, improve your language skills further with additional tuition. We would advise all Postgraduate students to sit the final assessment. Language modules can give you a great satisfaction.

Law related reasons for learning languages

Bus of Socrates

The Economist has recently published an article about languages beginning to play an increasingly important role in legal cases.

It presents some good arguments for learning languages and how they are becoming an important part of job market with particular focus on lawyers. It can also offer an idea about a possible route that people specialising in languages can follow.

The full article is accessible through The Economist 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.

The London Korean Film Festival, 1 – 16 November 2012

Flag of South KoreaThe 7th London Korean Film Festival is taking place between 1st and 16th November 2012. The festival opens with a European premiere of one of the biggest Korean films in the last ten years, ‘The Thieves’, at Odeon West End. Both the director (Choi  Dong-hoon) and a lead actor (Kim Yoon-suk) will be coming over to attend the screening.  The festival will run in London until 10th November. Then a selection of films will be touring around the UK.

Everything from big, box office hits, to smallest of independents will be shown at venues across London during the festival.  Among the line-up, there are comedies, historical and contemporary dramas, short films and several films about K-pop. Other highlights of the festival include: ‘I Am The King’, ‘As One Korea’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘I AM: SMTown’.

For more information about the festival, schedule and booking information, please visit The London Korean Film Festival website.