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British Sign Language

British Sign Language

Dorothy Miles , BBC Books
An introduction to British Sign Language aimed at both hearing and deaf people. As well as explaining how BSL works, the author gives a fascinating account of the history of signing, and a chapter by Paddy Ladd describes how Britain's deaf community and its language have survived a century of attack and are at last today attracting respect and acceptability.

Natural World

BBC ,
BBC Two's flagship natural history series returns with more gripping stories, pressing conservation issues and breathtaking action.


Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill

BBC ,
Stephen Fry loves Louisiana. Four months after the BP oil spill, dubbed the worst ecological disaster in the history of America, Fry returns to the Deep South together with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to see what the impact has been on the people, the vast wetlands and the species that live there.



Course Videos



Course Books

Colloquial Swedish - The Complete Course for Beginners

Philip Holmes & Gunilla Serin , Routledge
Designed for anyone wishing to acquire basic conversational Swedish, with no prior knowledge of the language necessary. The book contains lots of exercises for regular practice; concise grammar notes; a useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide; and an answer key and reference section. It also provides some background information about Sweden, its regions, history, traditions and way of life.

In Italia

Graziella Martina & Antonia Pagliarulo , Chancerel
This book is suitable for students with an intermediate level of Italian wishing to improve their confidence and competence in the language. The text is rich in information from a broad range of areas in Italian culture and history, and it is through this medium that the language is taught. Each of the chapters focus on a particular aspect of life in Italy today, its historical and cultural background information, and uses this as the basis for the subsequent exercises. The audio cassettes accompanying this book may be found in the Language Lab

L'Italia Dal Fascismo Ad Oggi

Daniela Bartalesi-Graf , Guerra Edizioni
The book shows the last 80 years of Italian history through examples of literature, folklore, society and cinema.

Oggi in Italia

Franca Celli Merlonghi & Ferdinando Merlonghi , Houghton Mifflin Company
This foundation course aims at teaching the four language skills through the medium of Italian culture and history. The text is divided into twenty Leziones of increasing difficulty, each beginning with a dialogue which forms the basis of the subsequent exercises. Each Lezione contains a Nota Culturale which describes the diverse aspects of contemporary Italian culture, written at first in English but in Italian from Lezione 5 onwards. The grammar sections are accompanied by clear explanations in English, and reinforced by a variety of structured exercises

Quintetto Italiano - Livello Avanzato - Libro dello Studente

Mariella Totaro & Nicoletta Zanardi , Bonacci Editore
This book is designed for students with an advanced level of Italian who wish to further improve their command of the language. It provides thorough revision of the four main language skills through the context of Italian history and culture. The book is divided into ten sections, each containing several texts taken from authentic Italian magazines and newspapers, which form the basis of the susequent exercises. The book is accompanied by audio cassettes, which may be found in the Language Lab, as well as a course video that is available on the Course Programmes section of the Italian webpages

Reading German History - A German Reading Course for Beginners

Karin Herrmann , Hueber
Develops reading comprehension in German through systematic practice. Intended primarily for reading courses but also useful for self-study. 1988.

Reading Knowledge In German - A Course for Art Historians and Archaeologists

Apelt, Mary L. & Apelt, Hans-Peter , Erich Schmidt Verlag
Aims to enable English-speaking students and academics in the fields of art history and archaeology to read German with the help of a dictionary after 60-80 hours of instruction. Can be used with beginners as well as students who already have a basic knowledge of German. Suitable for self-study.

Dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture

, Longman
*Covers everything you are likely to need 15,000 encyclopaedic entries covering people, places, history, geography, the arts and popular culture *Get in-depth understanding on topics such as festivals, special days and key events in British and American history from the colour feature pages *No need to carry two dictionaries also includes a full language dictionary *80,000 words and phrases with clear definitions

English Language

The Oxford History of English

Linda Mugglestone , Oxford University Press
This book presents the history of English from its obscure Indo-European roots to its twenty-first century position as the world's first language. It shows how English evolved in the British Isles and how it spread to the United States and through the old British empire to every corner of the world.

External Language Resources


Bilingual readings about Iceland and Icelandic History, Society, and Culture

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Contains selections from Úlfar Bragason, Baldur A. Sigurvinsson, and Guðrún Theodórsdóttir, Carry On Icelandic (2004)

Khan Academy

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A library of almost 3000 short videos arithmetic to physics, finance, and history with practice exercises. A very useful resource to practice your listening and note-taking skills while learning something new.

Les Conversations Mises à Jour

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A collection of authentic conversations in French that targets mostly intermediate and advanced learners. Each conversation highlights the experience of two French speakers and provides both an oral history of that experience and a trove of cultural refer

Films


Films


Legends of the Fall

Edward Zwick ,
Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Mrs Henderson Presents

Stephen Frears ,
Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.


Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle ,
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

The History Boys

Nicholas Hytner ,
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

The Mother

Roger Michell ,
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

The Prince of Tides

Barbra Streisand ,
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.