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Oxford University Gazette, 29 May 2008: Notices


Language Centre

Vacation Courses in English for Academic Purposes

Key Issues in Academic Writing

Week 9, Trinity Term (16–20 June), Monday–Friday. 10 a.m.–1.15 p.m.

This fifteen-hour intensive one-week course is specifically designed to enable those with heavy schedules to take the course in academic writing.

The programme is similar to that covered in the Trinity Term course. Topics dealt with include: expressing levels of certainty, taking an appropriate stance, linking ideas, language patterns, signalling logical relations and variations in academic writing. Course fee: £98.

English for Academic Visitors and Postdoctoral Researchers (EAS)

7–25 July, Monday–Thursday, 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m.

In July, the Language Centre is offering a three-week course for Academic Visitors and Postdoctoral Researchers. The general aim of the course is to improve participants' language skills so that they are able to make the most of their time in Oxford and to maximise the contribution that they are able to make in their field of expertise.

The course will help participants develop their English oral skills in academic and social situations and will focus on conversational skills, expressing ideas and opinions clearly, accurately and fluently, understanding spoken English and giving spoken presentations, as well as revising basic grammatical structures and improving pronunciation. Course fee: £195.

Pre-sessional courses

Four-week or eight-week English language courses, 28 July–19 September

The pre-sessional courses are designed for overseas graduate students who are about to start a university course in an English-speaking country. They run from 28 July to 19 September. Students can attend full- time for either four weeks or eight weeks. Classes are held from Monday to Friday (with trips instead of classes on Wednesdays, except for Bank Holiday week). More information can be found at nal2008.html.

Further details and booking information may be obtained from James Matejtschuk or Alex Fellows, Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: (2)83360, e-mail:, Web pages:

Intensive Weekend French and Spanish Courses

Saturday, 31 May, and Sunday, 1 June

The Language Centre will again be running weekend language courses in French and Spanish on the last weekend of May (end of Week 6). Each course will consist of eight hours' tuition and last from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., with a half-hour break, on both Saturday and Sunday. The emphasis will be on speaking and listening.

Classes are offered at the following levels: French (Beginners', Lower Intermediate and Intermediate), and Spanish (Beginners' and Lower Intermediate).

The fee will be £40 for students, £55 for visiting students, staff, and spouses, and £70 for others.

Further details and registration forms may be obtained from the Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (telephone: Oxford (2)83360, e-mail:, Web pages:

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Corpus Christi Professorship of the Latin Language and Literature

TOBIAS REINHARDT, Staatsexamen Frankfurt am Main, D.Phil Oxf, Fellow and Tutor in Latin and Greek, Somerville College, and University Lecturer (CUF) in Classical Languages and Literature, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 October 2008.

Dr Reinhardt will become a fellow of Corpus Christi College.

Numata Professorship of Buddhist Studies

VESNA ACIMOVIC WALLACE, BA Zagreb, MA Washington, PH.D Berkeley, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, has been appointed to the professorship with effect from 1 July 2008.

Professor Wallace will be a fellow of Balliol College.

Department of Zoology

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board has conferred the Headship of the Department of Zoology upon PROFESSOR P. HARVEY, BA D.PHIL York, MA D.SC Oxf, FRS, Fellow of Jesus College and Professor of Zoology, for a further period of three years from 1 October 2008.

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