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hi I think I want to study French, and maybe Spanish or Italian as well at university. If anyone has studied languages, specifically French at any Russel group unis, please could you let me know what you think of it? and also what extracurriculars are relevant to languages and would help my application. I am looking at mainly oxbridge, Manchester, bristol, Glasgow, Leeds etc
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Hello lovely

My advice is to do research.
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Hello lovely

My advice is to do research.
I have done research. I want to hear about peoples unfiltered personal experience as I don't know anyone that can help me with this.
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Hello lovely

My advice is to do research.
Ngl I choked to death reading that
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What job are you looking to do? After you graduate
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hi I think I want to study French, and maybe Spanish or Italian as well at university. If anyone has studied languages, specifically French at any Russel group unis, please could you let me know what you think of it? and also what extracurriculars are relevant to languages and would help my application. I am looking at mainly oxbridge, Manchester, bristol, Glasgow, Leeds etc
Make sure you look closely at the course structure because Language courses differ a lot in focus. At Oxbridge and more traditional places like Durham and Bristol there is usually a heavy literature component. E.g at Oxford there is ample opportunity for studying linguistics, some film modules, and specialist modules in translation etc. But you will be studying a significant amount of literature as well.

Other universities might have a greater emphasis on history/politics/geography/film modules and less on literature. More practical courses will focus on professional skills like interpreting and business translation. Depends on what you’re interested in.

Language classes at more traditional universities won’t tend to focus too much on speaking as the complacent assumption is that you’ll get fluent over your year abroad (not true unless you make an active effort to speak with natives rather than hanging out with other Brits on Erasmus). There’s usually a heavier focus on grammar, translation and writing at least until final year. This is for post A level btw, not sure what the ab initio language classes are like. My friend who did beginner's Russian seemed to have more intensive classes with more attention to speaking than in his post A level French classes. This is understandable as there's a lot to catch up on.

In terms of extracurricular stuff you could start reading in the foreign language and consuming other forms of culture e.g films, news, radio.
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Make sure you look closely at the course structure because Language courses differ a lot in focus. At Oxbridge and more traditional places like Durham and Bristol there is usually a heavy literature component. E.g at Oxford there is ample opportunity for studying linguistics, some film modules, and specialist modules in translation etc. But you will be studying a significant amount of literature as well.

Other universities might have a greater emphasis on history/politics/geography/film modules and less on literature. More practical courses will focus on professional skills like interpreting and business translation. Depends on what you’re interested in.

Language classes at more traditional universities won’t tend to focus too much on speaking as the complacent assumption is that you’ll get fluent over your year abroad (not true unless you make an active effort to speak with natives rather than hanging out with other Brits on Erasmus). There’s usually a heavier focus on grammar, translation and writing at least until final year. This is for post A level btw, not sure what the ab initio language classes are like. My friend who did beginner's Russian seemed to have more intensive classes with more attention to speaking than in his post A level French classes. This is understandable as there's a lot to catch up on.

In terms of extracurricular stuff you could start reading in the foreign language and consuming other forms of culture e.g films, news, radio.
this is so useful thank you so much!
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What job are you looking to do? After you graduate
tbh im still not really sure. maybe something in business or advertising or marketing, ideally with French involved. was thinking of maybe doing business and French combined. tbh im not even really sure what jobs you can do with languages!
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tbh im still not really sure. maybe something in business or advertising or marketing, ideally with French involved. was thinking of maybe doing business and French combined. tbh im not even really sure what jobs you can do with languages!
Oooh sounds interesting! There’s lots of jobs in languages, much better than science :cool:
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hi I think I want to study French, and maybe Spanish or Italian as well at university. If anyone has studied languages, specifically French at any Russel group unis, please could you let me know what you think of it? and also what extracurriculars are relevant to languages and would help my application. I am looking at mainly oxbridge, Manchester, bristol, Glasgow, Leeds etc
Hey jadorelamour - I know we're not in your shortlist of unis you're looking at but I studied languages and thought I could weigh in a bit on some of the other parts of your question :^_^:

The main thing I felt helped me before I started university (I studied International Business with French) was keeping up my language skills over the summer. I really can't recommend this enough- in the summer before you head off to whichever uni you choose, work hard at keeping your skills up by listening to podcasts/the radio/movies etc in your chosen language. If I hadn't done this and kept my mindset to be a bit more languages oriented I think I really would have struggled! And these also really helped me while I was at uni too- I found it much more fun to immerse myself in the culture and progress my language skills in a way that didn't feel like I was sitting down and studying. If you start this now, you could also include it in your personal statement to show that you have tried to experience the culture (especially in a world where it's not as easy to visit the country!). Make an effort to keep up with the news too

Hope that helps! Best of luck with your application!

- Caitlin
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P.s. I'm definitely biased but Glasgow is a fantastic city to live in!:rave: It's such a friendly place and has a very vibrant student life with loads and loads to do. You would absolutely love it here I'm sure!!
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