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The School of Modern Languages - Events during Orientation Week 2018/19


Academic Fayre, 12:30 – 14:00, Lower and Upper College Hall

Arabic            C Cobham, F Caiani

Comp Lit       K Jones, MA Hutton

French           E Pillet, E Hugueny-Léger

German         K Mericka, P Berner

Italian            S Triggiano, R Riccobono

Persian          Saeed Talajooy

Russian          E Finer, S Booth

Spanish         A Barazal, G Parra, T Bergman, E Gutiérrez



French pub quiz night, Beacon Bar, Students' Union, 7-9pm



MMS Training for new staff -  Thursday, 12-14, MMC 1 and 2



Iranian film to be introduced and shown by Saeed Talajooy (Thurs 13th September 4-6pm, Buchanan Seminar room 216)

Nahid (2015)

Director: Ida Panahande

Actors: Sareh Bayat, Bizhan Bazeghi, Navid Mohammadzadeh

Language: Persian with English subtitles.

Length: 1hr45min

Synopsis: Nahid, played by Sareh Bayat, has fought her way through a difficult divorce from her gambling-addicted husband. She has escaped with custody of her son, Amir Reza, and her freedom, on one condition: that she never remarries. As she struggles to support herself and the troublesome Amir Reza on her typist's wage, her prayers are answered in the form of Masood, a widower and successful business owner. Will she marry Masood at the risk of losing custody of her son or is there a way to navigate her husband's divorce terms? Reminiscent of Farhadi's 'A Separation', director Ida Panahandeh takes a look at Iran's strict divorce laws, but with the additional complication of the controversial 'temporary marriage'. 


MMC Taster Sessions for students of Modern Languages

Time(s): 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 or 12 noon

Venue: Multi-Media Centre, Buchanan Building

All new Modern Languages students are invited to attend TASTER SESSIONS in the Multi-Media Centre (MMC, situated in the Buchanan building behind the School Office) on Friday, 14 September 2018. Students are kindly requested to turn up at the start of the scheduled slots.

This is an opportunity to learn which resources are available in the MMC and how to use them effectively to make the most of one's language studies (e.g. live TV for all seven languages, voice-recording to practise pronunciation and intonation)

Welcome to the School of Modern Languages - Coffee Morning

Date: Friday 14th September

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Venue: Parliament Hall

This event is open to all undergraduate students and staff - new and returning - in the School, and will give everyone an opportunity to mingle. We look forward to meeting many of you there!

School of Modern Languages - PGR Welcome and Induction, for new Postgraduate Research students  

Venue: Buchanan 305

10:30am - 11:00am - tea/coffee/home baking bites

11:00am - 12:00pm - welcome/induction meeting

School of Modern Languages - Lunch for new PGT and new PGR students

Venue:  Buchanan 216

12:00pm - 12:30pm  

School of Modern Languages - PGT Welcome and Induction, for new Postgraduate Taught students

Venue: Buchanan 305

2:00pm – 3:00pm - welcome/induction meeting

3:00pm – 3:30pm - tea/coffee/home baking bites

Arab film to be introduced and shown by Michael Whitehouse (Fri 14th September 4-6pm, Buchanan Seminar room 216)

Ya tayr el tayer (The Idol)

Director: Hany Abu Assad

Actors: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah

 Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Synopsis: Since his early years in his native Gaza, Mohammed Assaf has had a golden voice. Accompanied by his sister Nour and two of his friends, he sings in courtyards first and later at weddings while Kamal helps him to develop the full range of his vocal capacities. Nour unfortunately dies of kidney failure and Mohammed grows up in sorrow and bitterness, all the more as war strikes his hometown. In 2012, he is a student and drives a taxi to finance his studies. He wants to start singing again but he can envisage singing as a career only by leaving Gaza. His only hope is to participate in the famous "Arab Idol" contest. But how to leave the place without a visa?

Introductory Meeting/Module Classes and Enrolment



Module          Time          Venue          Coordinator

CO1001        13:00-14:00         School 3        Dr K Jones

FR1001         09:00-10:00        School 6         Dr J Carson

GM1001/3     15:00-17:00        School 2         Ms Mericka, Dr T Smith

IT1001/3      12:00-13:30        BLT                 Ms Triggiano

SP1001        12:00-13:00        School 3          Dr T Bergman

SP1003        11:00-12:00        School 3         Dr Kefala

RU1001        14:00-15:00        School 5        Dr C Whitehead

RU1005        15:00-16:00        School 5        Dr M Vaysman



Module        Time        Venue        Coordinator

AR1001        11:00-12:00 or 12:00-13:00        School 2        Mr M Whitehouse

PR1001        14:00-15:00        Quad 32        Dr Mozafari


Other Level Meetings/Talks

GM2000’s        Thursday 13 September        09:30-10:00        School 5

GM3005/GM4005        Thursday 13 September        13:00-14:00        School 2

FR2202        Thursday 13 September        12:00-13:00        School 5

FR3001        Friday 14 September        14:00-15:00        School 5              

FR4105        Thursday 13 September        11:00-12:00        School 5