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Events at the MLC

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To help support your language studies, the Modern Language Centre hosts free cultural and academic events and workshops each term. Most of our events are held at the Language Resource Centre, but for full details of our forthcoming events please see our calendar below.

Click on the event title to find out more, including the recommended language level to get the most out of the event (click here to find out more about our levels) and to book a free ticket.

Our events are open to all MLC and King's students - please ensure you bring your MLC or KCL ID card.

If you have any queries about any of our events please contact us at: language.resources@kcl.ac.uk  

If you would like to leave feedback for an event you have attended, please click here.

Coming up

Thur 24 Jan - Overcoming Pronunciation Challenges In Spanish Level 1

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: K4.31, King's Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Paula de Santiago
Recommended language level: Beginner

Are you finding difficulties when pronouncing new words in Spanish? In this workshop we will practice the sound of vowels, diphthongs and difficult consonants, as well as pair of consonants which are sometimes difficult to differentiate. This session will be beneficial for all students of Spanish, and in particular for speakers of Asian languages, boosting your confidence when speaking or reading. Don´t miss it!

Please sign up here.

Mon 28 Jan - Lenguas indígenas mexicanas y cómo han permeado el español de México

Join us for a talk by Javier Cuétara Priede from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) on his research into Mexican indigenous languages and how they have permeated and influence the Spanish language in Mexico today.

Please note this talk will be given in Spanish and is recommended for advanced level students,

This event is hosted by the Modern Language Centre at King's College London, UNAM-Polanco (Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros) and UNAM-UK (Centre for Mexican Studies).

Tickets are free, but to ensure access you will need to book a free ticket.

Please sign up here.

Tue 29 Jan - Merde Alors! From Argot to Verlan: A Brief Introduction to French Slang and Idioms

Time: 16.00-17.30
Location: S3.30, Strand Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Alice Dias Mercier
Recommended language level: Intermediate/Advanced (A2-B1 minimum)

In this workshop, you will learn to improve your proficiency and widen your vocabulary in an entertaining way. Through videos and dialogues, you will discover expressions that are rarely taught in class, including the origins of various slang terms, their ever-inventive variations and how these vary across different regions of France. By the end of this workshop, you will master argot and colloquial forms like a native speaker!

Please sign up here.

Wed 30 Jan - Evolution of Spanish language in the digital era

Time: 18.00-19.00 
Location: BH(S)2.01, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Paula de Santiago
Recommended language level: Intermediate/Advanced (A2-B1 minimum)

The evolution of Spanish language is not analysed anymore in books, but rather reviewed through digital media, as they are making the language evolve faster than ever. This workshop will be a reflection of communicating in Spanish through digital media. Come to the workshop and start writing to your friends as a native speaker of Spanish.

This workshop will be offered entirely in Spanish.

Please sign up here.

Tue 05 Feb - German Pronunciation Workshop

Time: 14.00-15.00 
Location: FWB 2.46, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus 
Workshop leader: Angelique Arts
Recommended language level: Beginner

Are you finding difficulties when pronouncing new words in German? In this workshop we will practice the sound of vowels, diphthongs and difficult consonants, as well as pair of consonants which are sometimes difficult to differentiate. This session will be beneficial for students of German in the stages 1 and 2, and in particular for speakers of Asian languages, boosting your confidence when speaking or reading. Don´t miss it!

Please sign up here.

Tue 05 Feb - History of Flamenco

Time: 18.00-19.00 
Location: Language Resources Centre, King's Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Paula de Santiago
Recommended language level: All Levels

Come to know the history of flamenco through this didactic workshop suitable for all levels where we will discover the magical world of flamenco through fun activities. We will learn about its different rhythms, pure expression of human feelings and how to clap two of the best known: Tango and Alegrías.

Please sign up here.

Thur 07 Feb - Learning Spanish Through Music

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: BH(S) 2.01, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Paula de Santiago
Recommended language level: All Levels

Do you enjoy Latin music? Did you know that music is a great resource for language learning? This is not a secret, music has been used over the years in language acquisition since the 60’s. Music is motivational, and boosts vocabulary learning and listening skills. In this workshop you will discover how this resource is now at its best potential through the new app Lirica.

Please bring headphones to the workshop.
Students attending will get a free 6 month premium subscription to Lirica.

Please sign up here.

Wed 13 Feb - History of London's Chinatown

Time: 17.00-18.00 
Location: Room S0.11, Strand Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Ms Freya Aitken-Turff, Chief Executive Officer of China Exchange
Recommended language level: All levels (the event will be delivered in English)

This 1-hour workshop will cover a brief history of global Chinatowns, the history of London's Chinatown, and the changing nature of the Chinese community in London. It will help you to understand better Chinese migration in London and the UK.

Please sign up here.

Thur 14 Feb - Playing With Italian Verbs

Time: 14.30-16.00
Location: WBW 3/8, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Campus
Workshop leader: Alessandro Grottola
Recommended language level: Beginner

Have you always found Italian verbs difficult? This is the right place for you!! This workshop will present some ideas on how to learn Italian verbs while using different techniques and games. The aim of the workshop is to provide motivation to learn while also having fun.

Please sign up here.

Tues 19 Feb - The Photography of Sebastião Salgado 

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: BH(S) 2.02, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus 
Workshop leader: Eloi Dotto
Recommended language level: Portuguese learners of all Levels

Sebastião Salgado is one of the most respectable contemporary documentary photographers. We will see some photos, then learn to describe and talk about them. Activities will target beginner and intermediate speakers, but the curious advanced speaker is more than welcome to join us.

Please sign up here.

Thur 21 Feb - Consolidating Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: BH(S) 2.02, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus 
Workshop leader: Diego Iudicissa
Recommended language level: Spanish Stage/Level 1

In this workshop we will work on several activities aiming to do a thorough revision and consolidation of the main grammatical points and vocabulary covered at level 1, helping students in the preparation of their final oral and written exams. Attendance to the session is highly recommended for all Stage 1 students.

Please sign up here. 

Thur 28 Feb - Preparation for the Spanish Oral Exams

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: BH(S) 2.02, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus 
Workshop leader: Miguel Tarifa
Recommended language level: Spanish Stage 1 + 2

A practical workshop to help level 1 and level 2 students prepare for their oral exams.

Please sign up here. 

Thur 28 Feb - Work in Japan

Time: 18.30-20.00 
Location: Language Resources Centre, room K-1.07.2, King's Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Mr Yukio Takaoka & Miss Chen Huayi from 'Regions'
Recommended language level: All levels welcome (presentation held in English with Q&A in English and Japanese)

This free event is for all King's students and staff who are interested in working in Japan. Topics include:

  • Information about jobs in Japan

  • Current job market in Japan

  • Working for Japanese companies in Japan

  • How to choose a company to work for

  • How to write your CV in Japanese format

  • Interview information

  • Lifestyle in Japan

Please sign up here

Fri 01 Mar - Italian Trivia Night

Time: 16.30 - 18.00
Location: Language Resources Centre, King's Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Antonio Lucicesare 
Recommended language level: Italian learners of all levels

Come along and test your knowledge of Italy in a pub quiz style format. Who knows what interesting facts about italy you may pick up?

Please sign up here. 

Tue 05 Mar - Federica Montseny

Time: 16.00-17.00
Location: BH(S)2.03, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus 
Workshop leader: Pedro Garcia
Recommended language level: Intermediate/advanced Spanish learners

More details to be announced shortly.

Thur 07 Mar - French Grammar A2

Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Location: FWB 1.14, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus
Workshop leader: Viviane Blanchard
Recommended language level: French A2

The French grammar A2 workshop is intended for stage 2 students but could also be a good revision for stage 3 students struggling with grammar. We will revise, practice and consolidate the main grammar point covered in stage 2. Based on pair and group activities.

Please sign up here. 

Tue 12 Mar - Developing Spanish Speaking Skills

Time: 18.00 - 19.00
Location: BH(S) 2.02, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus 
Workshop leader: Isabel Sainz 
Recommended language level: Intermediate Spanish learners

More details to be announced shortly.

Tue 12 March - King's Careers & Employability Event: Alumni Speed Meet

Time: 18:00-20:00
Location: Virginia Wolf Building, Level 5 Common Room, Strand
Organiser: King's Careers & Employability

Meet alumni who have studied a language, hear about what they have gone on to do since leaving King’s, and find out about the varying industries they work in.

Come for some drinks, snacks and: 
• meet alumni who studied at King's,
• hear about what they have gone on to do since leaving King’s.

You will find out how their careers got started, what it’s like to work in their industry, and you might even leave with some inspiration for your own career.

We organise the evening so that you get the opportunity to speak to all the guests in small groups. It’s an informal, fun way to meet grads, make connections and learn about careers over a drink & some nibbles.

Attending this event will help you:
…learn about different industries and careers that graduates from your department are now working in
…be inspired
…network with professionals

Please sign up here to attend.

Thur 14 Mar - Indian Festival of Color - Holi

Time: 17.00 - 18.00
Location: S0.11, Strand Building, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Sabrina Osborne 
Recommended language level: Hindi learners of all Levels

The aim of this workshop is to understand the traditional Indian culture of this festival and get introduced to the Hindi language. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the festival “Holi”. Participants will be encouraged to try out some basic Hindi words themselves!

Please sign up here. 

Fri 15 March - Film Screening: Sicilian Ghost Story

Time: 18.30 - 21.00
Location: Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Building, Strand Campus
Language: Italian with English subtitles

Join us for the screening of this gripping Mafia kidnapping drama, followed by Q&A with the author himself - Marco Mancassola.

Please book your ticket here to attend. 

Tue 19 Mar - Sign Language: exploring the differences between SL and spoken languages

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: BH(S) 2.02, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus 
Workshop leader: Penelope Beschizza 
Recommended language level: All Levels

Our own Deaf lecturer presents an illustrated and videoed journey, with facts, about Sign Languages of the World, and how these differ from spoken languages in four distinct areas: -  History, Linguistics, Vocabulary & Syntax (word order). We will see the values of Sign Languages in using spatial space and expression similar to the way we use spoken vocabulary to describe and our voices to convey emotion.          

Please sign up here. 

Wed 20 Mar - Preparation for German Oral Exams - Stages 1+2

Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Location: FWB 2.45, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus 
Workshop leader: tbc
Recommended language level: German Stages 1+2

This workshop is recommended for students of German stage 1 and 2 and consists of a series of advice and some guided practice to get ready for the oral exam to gain more confidence to express yourself and interact with German speakers.

Please sign up here.

Thu 21 Mar - Preparation for French Oral Exams - Stages 1+2

Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Location: FWB 2.46, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus 
Workshop leader: Cyril Bastanes
Recommended language level: French Stages 1+2

This workshop will benefit students of French stage 1 and 2 and consists in a series of advice and some guided practice to get ready for the oral exam and gain more confidence to express yourself and interact with French speakers.

Please sign up here. 

Thu 21 Mar - Preparation for Italian Oral Exams - Stages 1+2

Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Location: FWB 2.47, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus 
Workshop leader: Claudia Pusceddu
Recommended language level: Italian Stages 1+2

More details to be announced shortly.

Mon 25 Mar - Interactive Speaking Practice in Japanese

Time: 17.00 -18.00
Location: BH(SE)1.02, Bush House South-East Wing, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Harumi Currie
Recommended language level: Japanese Stages 1 + 2

This Speaking Practice is intended to be interactive, with a mix of
presentations, group discussions and practical activities.

This session will help you to understand better the oral exam, to know how this
exam is conducted and what sort of preparation is necessary.

 Please sign up here. 

Tue 26 Mar - Speaking and Interacting in Spanish level 1

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: BH(SE)1.05, Bush House South-East Wing, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Isabel Sainz
Recommended language level: Spanish Stage 1

More details to be announced shortly.

Wed 27 Mar - Interactive Speaking Practice in Mandarin

Time: 17.00 -18.00
Location: BH(S)2.01, Bush House South Wing, Strand Campus
Workshop leader: Jing Chu
Recommended language level: Mandarin Stages 1 + 2

This Speaking Practice is intended to be interactive, with a mix of presentations, group discussions and practical activities.

This session will help you to understand better the oral exam, to know how this exam is conducted and what sort of preparation is necessary.

 

Thur 04 Apr - 2nd Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education Conference

About the conference

Thursday 4th of April 2019, King’s College, London

Building on the 1st Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education Conference held in Leeds in March 2017 and noting the 2018 British Academy mapping project of Arabic language provision across the UK, King’s College London will host the 2nd Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education Conference on Thursday 4th of April 2019.  

The purpose of the conference is to build on, and move forward from, recent discussions regarding the teaching of Arabic language in UK Universities.  This applies to both degree and Institution-Wide Language Programmes.  

Find out more

Fri 28 Jun - International Symposium on Intercultural Communication and Chinese Language Teaching

About the Conference

The Modern Language Centre at King’s College London is delighted to invite you to the International Symposium on Intercultural Communication and Chinese Language Teaching which is going to be held at the King’s College London on 28th June 2019. This one-day event will serve as a platform to enable participants to discuss the intercultural communication in Chinese language education, and we expect many and varied voices to meet during the conference.

This conference aims to provide a common platform for educators, scholars, and researchers from different academic fields and cultural communities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural communication issues in language education. 

There will be a conference fee of £25.00 per delegate including registration, access to all conference sessions, teas/coffees and lunch. 

CALL FOR PAPERS

We now invite abstract submissions for papers, workshops and/or posters that relate to the following sub-themes, but not limited to:   

  • Intercultural competence and Chinese language education
  • Application of intercultural practices in language teaching and learning activities (teaching methodology, material development, etc.)
  • Issues on intercultural competence in Chinese language teacher training
  • The role of technology in bridging between language and culture
  • Study abroad and intercultural competence 

Please submit your abstract or send your enquiries to chinese@kcl.ac.uk. The deadline for abstract submission is 31st March 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by 15th April 2019.

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