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The Lambda Project

Lambda Links:

French

German


What is the Lambda Project?

Who may join?

How do I go about joining?

What happens then?

How will I maintain contact with my language adviser?

How will I know if I'm making progress?

How much time am I expected to spend each week?

What resources are available?

Office Hours


What is the Lambda Project?

Lambda stands for The Oxford Language Maintenance and Development Project. The project investigates how learners can best maintain and develop their language skills independently. Our question is "What makes a good language keeper?"

In practice, the project aims to help staff and students who cannot or do not wish to attend formal classes maintain and develop their French language skills. The following is a short guide to the project, how it works and how to join.

The registration fee for the Lambda Project is £35 per academic year to matriculated Oxford students and staff members once they have been accepted onto the project.

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Who may join?

Any member of the University or Colleges who has at least GCSE French or German (or equivalent) may apply to join.

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How do I go about joining?

If you want to join the Lambda Project you first need to come to the Language Centre during the Lambda assistant's office hours to take a short test known as a C-test. This takes about half an hour. It is a 'fill-in-the-blanks' test which has been devised to enable us to gauge your starting level or baseline. After this you will be asked to complete a Study Plan, which will form the basis of the interview with the project director, who will decide whether you may be accepted onto the project.

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What happens then?

If you are successful, you will be allocated a language adviser who will guide you in your work and answer any specific queries. If you have a particular goal in mind, you will have the opportunity to liaise with your language adviser and work out a programme to suit your own needs. The language advisers have also drawn up post-GCSE and post-A level programmes of work.

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How will I maintain contact with my language adviser?

Most of the time by e-mail, but there will also be one or two group meetings a term. Members of Lambda are encouraged to come and make use of all the facilities available at the Language Centre but are expected to organise their own time.

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How will I know if I'm making progress?

At the end of every year you will be asked to re-take the c-test so that we can monitor your progress and see how well the project is working for you.

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How much time am I expected to spend each week?

We expect a minimum of two hours a week on language-related activities.

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What resources are available?

When you join the Lambda Project you should come and register with the Language Centre Library which has a large collection of audio-cassettes, videos and computer programs, in addition to print materials and reference books. As a LAMBDA reader you are entitled to borrow up to 6 items: textbooks and their accompanying CDs, graded readers, DVDs (short loans for 2 weeks, renewable twice and standard loans for 4 weeks, also renewable twice). The Lambda Project also has its own collection of readers which are available for borrowing from room 24. You can also join our Language Exchange scheme in order to find a native speaker with whom you may exchange conversation in your respective languages.

Details of language related events such as lectures, societies and films are posted on the Lambda noticeboard.

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Lambda Office Hours

Week 1 - week 8 only

Monday 09.30-10.30
Wednesday 11.30-12.30
Thursday 16.00-17.00

Other times (and outside weeks 1-8) by appointment (email lambda@lang.ox.ac.uk)


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