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The MML Course

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


MML: The First Year

The First Year: Part IA

In your first year you will study your two languages in more or less equal proportions.  There are written exams (and orals) at the end of the year. 

For ab initio learners, the language course will move at a fast pace to equip you with grammar and vocabulary to allow you to converse, express ideas, and encounter literary texts already by the end of your first term.  For your A-Level standard language, classes and homework assignments will develop your command of the written and spoken language and your skills of translation.

For each of your two languages, you will also study a year-long introductory course to the culture of that language. These courses are designed to introduce you to the study of literature, culture, history of your chosen languages and to expose you to a range of subjects and materials, including an introduction to linguistics. For example, you might find yourself sampling works from medieval times to the present; reading poetry, prose, drama; viewing films, paintings, propaganda posters; studying topics in philosophy or history, phonetics or syntax.  It doesn’t matter what A-Levels you took: these courses will introduce you to the study of literature, history, art, linguistics, philosophy regardless of your background and prior experience.

The Second Year