May 31 2012

Summer Languages at LSE

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Following its successful launch in 2011, for the second year, the Language Centre is pleased to offer the ‘Summer Languages’ Programme at LSE. This programme consists of a range of short and intensive Modern Foreign Language courses, open to all LSE students and staff as well as the general public.

‘Summer Languages’ are an excellent way to have full immersion in a language over a couple of weeks; for those who are busy at the moment with exams (either studying or marking them), ‘Summer Languages’ are an ideal way to wind down after the pressure of the Academic Year. Moreover, summer can be the ideal time to brush up your language skills (or start a new one), especially for those planning to travel abroad.

These courses can also be taken as an introduction to the language and are complemented by our MFL certificate courses, starting in Autumn:

We are currently offering two sessions: early July and late July and we have a choice of French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

All languages are offered at a beginner level and some have more advanced options; signing up is very easy and can be done completely online.

Please find all details about Summer Languages at

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May 30 2012

Berlin Study Trip: “A perfect balance between history, culture and language”

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Berlin Study Trip

Four students & one teacher in front of the new German Chancellery, the “Bundeskanzleramt”


From 15th to 18th April  a group of LSE students learning German at the LSE Language Centre visited Berlin. Whether it was the Wall Memorial, the visit to the Reichstag building, seeing the Gerhard Richter retrospective in the Neue Nationagalerie, or the evening in Brecht’s old theatre the Berliner Ensemble, the German capital had something to offer for each of the participants.

One of the highlights of the trip was an impromptu bicycle tour to one of Berlin’s biggest flea markets, taking in many of the architectural highlights of the city on the way.


There was also time to meet a group of German students from the Humboldt University of Berlin, one of LSE’s partner universities. The meeting took place at the Language Centre of Humboldt University and a lively bilingual discussion on the respective merits of London and Berlin ensued.

The LSE students were particularly impressed by Berlin’s “Curry Sausage” and one participant thought “the trip was a perfect balance between history, culture and language”. Three and a half days provided a mere taster of all the architectural, cultural and culinary delights Berlin has to offer. Another study trip to Germany is planned for the next academic year.

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May 29 2012

Course discounts for LSE Students are…for life

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Did you know that even after you leave LSE you are entitled to an amazing 50% discount on MFL Certificate Courses and 20% on language private tuition?

We are aware that to learn a language one or even two years are not really enough so we give you the opportunity to keep on studying at the same rates for as long as you need.

Or maybe, after your intense degree studies at the LSE, with plenty of time on your hands, you wish to start a new language from scratch?

In addition, you will have priority when registering for Certificate courses (usually we allow you to register one week before the general public).

Come and enjoy the view on the 7th floor of Clare Market Building and we will be available to give you advice and information as needed.

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May 28 2012

Wittgenstein – Philosophy and Photography

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Wittgenstein - LSE Exhibition

An Exhibition, opening today, organised by LSE Arts with the collaboration of Felicitas Starr- Egger.

The exhibition will be of interest not only to students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines, at universities as well as schools and colleges, but also to anybody interested in learning about Wittgenstein through his own writings and photographs, and through correspondence about him. Alongside the exhibition panels, 12 original screen prints by Eduardo Paolozzi.

More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Date: Monday 28 May – Friday 29 June 2012
Time: Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building
Reception: Thursday 31st May from 7pm

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May 28 2012

Joint Event: LSE Language Centre and the Department of Anthropology

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‘Killing the Father in Germany’

Date: Friday 15th June

Time: 3-5pm

Location: London School of Economics and Political Science, Old Building, Room 3.28

Stephan Feuchtwang, Felix Römer  and Hans Steinmüller in conversation with John Borneman. Chair: Peter Skrandies

In 1967, psychoanalysts Alexander and Margarete Mitscherlich famously analyzed postwar Germany as a ‘fatherless society’ that was unable to mourn. John Borneman, a Princeton anthropologist, discusses what has happened to this thesis, and the different forms in which Germans have in the postwar period killed their fathers, both at home and in national politics.

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May 24 2012

The Language Gateway – Presentation at LSE Teaching Day

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The Gateway Poster Presentation - LSE Teaching Day

The Gateway Poster Presentation - LSE Teaching Day

The LSE Language Gateway featured in a poster presentation at LSE Teaching Day last Tuesday 22nd May. As well as the poster presentation, which remained throughout the day, The Learning Support & Administration team were available during lunchtime to answer any questions about the Gateway and to demonstrate the site.

The Gateway is an innovative way of using Moodle for independent language learning. Why not take a look at it here:



Here are just some of the resources we offer in 10 different languages:

  • Streaming TV & Radio
  • Pronunciation tips
  • Free online courses
  • Handy links to newspapers and online journals

To see more detailed information on the Language Gateway take a look at our post from 14th May: The LSE Language Gateway: Supporting Student Learning

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May 14 2012

LN270 Society and Language: Linguistics for Social Scientists

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We are pleased to announce a new undergraduate option for 2012/13. The course will introduce students to key (socio)linguistic concepts (semantic and pragmatic meaning, discourse, register, genre, dialect, idiolect, sociolect) used in the analysis of language use as a social process. Students will explore the reciprocal relationship between language and specific social contexts and structures (class, gender, ethnicity), and study the role that language plays in the creation, maintenance and change of social relations and institutions. Important themes are changing attitudes to language and the prestige afforded to particular languages and language varieties. The use of language for academic purposes will be analysed, as will be situations of language contact, multilingualism and the role of translation in intercultural and international communication. The implications and consequences for less widely used languages of the emergence of English (and other widely spoken languages) as global lingua francas will be outlined and discussed.

For further information, please contact Peter Skrandies:

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May 14 2012

The LSE Language Gateway: Supporting Student Learning

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The LSE Language Gateway

The Learning Support & Administration team will be presenting the LSE Language Gateway at next Tuesday’s LSE Teaching Day: LSE Teaching Day 2012

There will be a poster exhibition throughout the day in the Lower Ground floor of the NAB; visit us during lunch, between 12.45 and 1.45, when we will be available to tell you more about the Gateway and to show you a demo.

The Language Gateway was created on Moodle in order to support students in their independent study. Students can enhance their language learning outside of the classroom through this collection of easily accessible online resources. The Gateway is an innovation in personalised language learning. You can find the full abstract below:

LSE Language Gateway Teaching Day Abstract


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