Aug 22 2013

Tandem Learning Events for Fudan Students

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A series of tandem activities were organised for our first visitors from Fudan University. They run parallel to the English programme which Fudan students have been taking at LSE. This is part of the Summer Language Exchange Programme with Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The aim of the Tandem events was double, on one hand for students to have the chance to practise their English in an informal environment; on the other hand, it was an opportunity to meet other students taking Mandarin courses on Summer Languages programme and also LSE students taking the LC English pre-sessional courses. 

  • Improv photo1An online exchange was offered to Fudan and Mandarin Summer Languages students. They had the chance to get in touch before Shanghai students came to UK. Although the content of the exchange was free, a reference guide was sent to all students for ice-breaking.
  • Monday 5th August:  Welcome event. Fudan and Mandarin Summer Languages students were invited. There was plenty of informal conversation with light snacks and drinks. Some of the students met their online exchange tandem buddies in person.


  • Thursday 8th August: projection of an English Film. “Hot Fuzz” was shown followed by a chat in English and Chinese about language and cultural aspects seen on the film.


  • Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th August: English through Improv. Improv 2In this workshop some basic exercises were explored to see how the techniques of improv can lead to greater self-confidence, spontaneity of expression and improved communication skills. These sessions were led by Improv experts Angelina Castellini and Steve Bond.
  • Thursday 15th August: Projection of Chinese Film. Students from Fudan chose and presented a film to the Mandarin Summer Languages students, followed by an informal chat which covered some social attitudes in modern China, compared to UK and USA.

Pictures are from the Improv sessions on 12th & 13th August


Organised by LC Tandem Learning



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Feb 27 2013

Today: Day Jobs and the Twilight World

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LSE Space for Thought – LSE Language Centre Literary Festival presents:

Day Jobs and the Twilight World

17:15 – 18:45 Wolfson Theatre

 Although the cliché of the novelist as a typically bohemian, solitary, garret-inhabiting individual persists, in reality today, as in the past, the majority of novelists writing lead double-lives, holding down at least a part-time and very often a full-time job as well. Trollope did a full-time job as a director of the General Post office while simultaneously turning out some of the major novels of the nineteenth century. Kafka worked in an insurance office. Author of the bestseller The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame worked at the Bank of England for thirty years. Alan Judd represents a case in point, having published nine novels, most recently Uncommon Enemy (2012), while simultaneously working in the army, in the Foreign Office and in other Whitehall departments. He has also written, while pursuing these day jobs, The Quest For C , the biography of Mansfield Cumming, founder of MI5. Together with Lord Hennessy, the author of The Secret State and a preeminent Cold War historian, and Professor Christopher Andrew, the author of Defence of The Realm, the official history of MI5, he discusses the question of combining official work with the writing of fiction in the context of the Cold War and after.

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Feb 25 2013

Tonight: Heart of Dog

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LSE ‘Space for Thought’ Literary Festival Presents: Heart of a Dog

Free Event – 25 February, 19:00, Old Theatre

Tonight LSE students present an adaptation of the satirical novella Heart of a Dog which lampoons the emerging totalitarian system with its exposé of medical science gone mad.

heart of a dog

Mikhail Bulgakov was like his great Russian precursor Anton Chekhov, a full time doctor as well as a writer. In the 1920s and 1930s he was dogged simultaneously by disease and the constant threat of reprisals by Stalin as the Soviet Union headed toward the Great Purge. His 1925 work The Heart of A Dog anticipates both the unreal and sinister atmosphere of this period and the proto -magic realism of his classic Master and Margarita.


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Feb 22 2013

Languages: the state of the Nation

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Report CoverThe British Academy has just published the report

Languages: The State of the Nation. Demand and supply of language skills in the UK

Some of the key findings of the report:

  •  There is strong evidence that the UK is suffering from a growing deficit in foreign language skills at a time when globally, the demand for language skills is expanding
  • The range and nature of languages being taught is insufficient to meet current and future demand
  • Language skills are needed at all levels in the workforce, and not simply by an internationally-mobile elite
  • A weak supply of language skills is pushing down demand and creating a vicious circle of monolingualism
  • Languages spoken by British school children, in addition to English, represent a valuable future source of supply – if these skills can be developed appropriately.

There is clearly room for improvement and also scope for reform.

The full report can be accessed here



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Feb 1 2013

Exhibition: Facts, Fiction and Philosophy (Atrium Gallery, Old building)

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The exhibition Facts, Fiction and Philosophy is devoted to the link between literature and philosophy from the ancient world through to the great writers of the twentieth century Sartre and Camus, and the contemporary writers Kundera and Stoppard.

There will be an evening celebration 19th February at 18:00, which will include a short student dramatised performance of classic comedy featuring no less a figure than Socrates himself, as well as audiovisual footage relating to the exhibition. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Date: Monday 21st January – Saturday 2nd March 2013
Time: Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm
Venue:  Atrium Gallery, Old Building

Presented by the LSE Language Centre with a key contribution from the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and supported by the LSE Annual Fund.

Additional information available on the LSE Public Events webpages 

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Oct 2 2012

Foreign Film Week

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As part of the Orientation week we are showing one foreign film every evening with English subtitles. Open house at 4pm with drinks and snacks followed by a film at 5pm

Tuesday: Red Race  (in Mandarin); Wednesday: Nueve reinas (in Spanish); Thursday: Le Placard (in French); Friday: Al-massir (in Arabic)

Pop in! we are on the 7th floor of Clare Market Building

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Sep 26 2012

Take a language this year!

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Start or improve a language at the LSE Language Centre!

Reduced fees for LSE current students, staff and alumni.
Register on our Modern Foreign Language certificate courses (MFL).

Several levels, from beginners to advanced, offered in: German, French, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Japanese and Russian

Only for beginners in:

Portuguese and Catalan (new addition this year)

If your programme allows a language as an outside option, you can take a degree option in Russian, Spanish, German, French or Mandarin

Check the Language Centre website for more information, send us an email or just pop in!  We are on the 7th floor of Clare Market Building

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Jun 18 2012

Funding opportunity on languages – interculturalism – student mobility

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The Higher Education Academy offers funding for a project in “languages – interculturalism – student mobility”. Any student at undergraduate or postgraduate level may apply, but the project is for groups of at least 3 students. Please have a look at the information. Deadline for applications is July 2nd. 

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Jun 15 2012



Just a quick reminder for all students with an interest in language studies, we will be running a series of events and courses for undergraduates. We will be offering courses in 10 different languages. Each course is designed to give you a FREE taster! You will get two hours of fun and enjoyable lessons each day for a week.

The sessions will run in week 9 and 10 of the Summer Term. Below are the courses that will be available this year:

Language Days Book a place
Arabic Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
English (Pronunciation Practice 1) Wednesday See schedule and book a place
English (Pronunciation Practice 2) Friday See schedule and book a place
French Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
German Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
German (Intermediate) Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
German (Advanced) Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Italian Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Japanese Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Mandarin Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Portuguese Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Russian Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Spanish Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place
Spanish (Advanced) Mon-Fri See schedule and book a place

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Jun 8 2012

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy – A Presentation

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Wittgenstein’s Philosophy or a Reorientation of Science

A presentation by Michael Nedo


Ludwig Wittgenstein

To coincide with the Wittgenstein exhibition at the London School of Economics, Dr Michael Nedo (Wittgenstein Archive Cambridge) will give a presentation on Wittgenstein’s philosophy in the context of science.

An argument based on quotes by Lessing, Brecht and Wittgenstein, followed by a discussion exploring the importance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy for today’s sciences and mathematics, supplementing the Wittgenstein exhibition currently shown at the LSE Atrium Gallery.

The event is open to the public, no tickets required.

Date: 29th June, 2012
Time: Friday, 7pm
Venue: Old Building Restaurant area, 4th Floor

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