How to "read outside" foreign languages?

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For Oxford, one of the big things they look for and like in a person is if they "read outside" their subject and do extra work and show a real passion and love for it.

I want to apply in 2 years time for either the French course or the Spanish course.

Besides travelling to the countries (which is something I probably won't be able to do) how else can I do extra work in these subjects?
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I would suggest doing things like listening to French/Spanish music, radio stations or podcasts. Reading french/spanish literature and magazines. Looking at French/Spanish newspaper articles/online blogs. Watching spanish/french tv. I'm sure there's a newsletter you can find and subscribe to about languages. Look for language open days or lectures at local colleges/unis. Stuff like that, which shows you have a real dedication to the subject, are what unis look for good luck with your applications!!
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Have a look at this if you're over 16(or you can do it next year): http://www.access.trin.cam.ac.uk/lan...ications-open/
http://targetschools.ousu.org/?page_id=65 , http://www.applytocambridge.com/shadowing/ , http://www.pathways.ox.ac.uk/#y12study- check when they get updated.
Also, there is a Linguastars Residential in the University of Leeds you might be interested in?
Good luck!
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(Original post by BEARichards)
For Oxford, one of the big things they look for and like in a person is if they "read outside" their subject and do extra work and show a real passion and love for it.

I want to apply in 2 years time for either the French course or the Spanish course.

Besides travelling to the countries (which is something I probably won't be able to do) how else can I do extra work in these subjects?
Read lots of books by French and Spanish (or South American) authors! It's a good idea to read a few in the target language, but you'll obviously read more easily (and therefore more quickly and therefore more widely) in translation.

Try to keep on top of current affairs in France and Spain (or a South American country if you prefer). There are plenty of free newspapers, podcasts and videos available on the internet.

If possible in your area, become a member of a French and/or Spanish club where you might meet native speakers.

Watch French / Spanish films - preferably good ones, not any old rubbish! For Oxford, it's useful if you have seen several films by the same director and can compare them. Or several films on the same theme which you can compare.

It will also help you enormously later on if you keep a record of what you have read/seen/done. That way you're preparation for the interview will be that much easier.
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