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We are here to help you capitalise on your own skills and experiences. It will be a thrilling experience, but it will also be challenging. If things get hard, reach out. Support staff, lecturers, seminar leaders and even your peers, we are all here to help you.
On this page you will find some advice about things you can do now to get ready for university.
We have curated some resources that you could consider food for thought. They will tell you about the language, literature and culture you will be studying, why languages are a crucial asset for your future and what it means to learn about a different culture and immerse yourself in it.
You can also find some top tips for getting prepared for your course.
We look forward to meeting you!
Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia
Head of School of Cultures and Languages
You might find it useful to take a look at our recommended watching, reading, listening suggestions for Modern Languages: French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, English Language and Linguistics or Comparative Literature, which includes useful introductions to the discipline as well as significant texts attached to existing modules which have been recommended by our academic staff.
Preparing for Kent: top tips!
Here's advice from our Student Experience team about what you can do now to prepare for your first term at University from exploring modules to useful apps and resources.
Discover some of the topics you might encounter during your degree and learn more about the research interests and specialisms of staff in the Department.
- Dr David Hornsby, Reader in French and Linguistics, explores the relationship between language and society in Franglais: a beginner’s guide, and discusses how “borrowed” words from other languages have developed the lexicon.
Poetry and philosophy
- Dr Ian Cooper, Senior Lecturer in German, asks whether German literature and German philosophy can tell us anything about Coronavirus; the experience of isolation, and of being cut off from things, people and places that we normally take for granted.
- Dr William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, explores the theme of suffering in the paintings of Frida Kahlo.
- Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Lecturer in Italian, explores how film has been used to persuade, indoctrinate, and convey political messages.
Literature and national identity
- Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia, Senior Lecturer in Italian, discusses how Pinocchio, a “champion of Italianness”, escaped the constraints of his own narrative frame to become a late addition to the pantheon of fairytale characters.
Language acquisition and language teaching
- Dr Wissia Fiorucci, Director of the Language Centre, asks what it takes to be a good teacher in 'Languages in the classroom'.
Comparative Literature: to read is to compare
Professor Ben Hutchinson is the author of Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction. Outlining the complex history and competing theories of comparative literature, Ben shows how comparative literature can be like a Rorschach test, where people see what they want to see.
Academic Peer Mentoring
All new first year students have the opportunity to sign up to our Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) scheme. APM partners you with experienced students to support your learning and transition to university life. This is a great way to meet students from other year groups, who are also studying similar courses/subjects/disciplines to you - they can give you expert advice, as they were in your shoes only a year or two ago!
APM is run by the Divisional Student Experience team, in conjunction with Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). Both teams will be hosting a variety of events throughout the year for APM mentors and mentees.
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