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European Languages Resource Centre
The Resource Centre is your space for making the most out of your studies while you are with us. The Centre offers a bright, comfortable environment for catching up on some language exercises, reading the week's foreign-language news, watching a film or TV station from the ASTRA satellite, browsing our extensive selection of books, carrying out group work, photocopying, scanning, and logging on to one of the many language-learning sites. The Centre is fully WIFI compatible. There is also an online LUVLE Resource Centre for Undergraduates (password needed).
The DELC Resource Centre is open Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00, during term time only. It is located on the B-floor of Bowland College North, in B88, and is permanently staffed. It is closed on bank holidays.
What Resources are Available?
With the exception of our audio-visual material, the Centre's holdings cannot be borrowed. That means no chaser emails, no library fines, no queuing, no big computer searches. Just come on in, open a book or switch on the telly, and sit down for half an hour!
Copies of key language-learning texts and audio-visual material for all DELC modules are stored on the Essentials shelves, along with module boxes offering extra help and information sorted by your tutor for each module. These holdings are constantly updated.
A wide selection of further printed resources (dictionaries, grammar books, and other social, historical and cultural reference material useful for your portfolio and project research) is available for all of the languages studied in DELC. These open-access resources complement the specialist literary and cultural holdings available in the University Library . You will need to go to the University Library for the texts listed on your culture course bibliographies - but you are very welcome to come and read them here, surrounded by all your friendly language-learning resources. Below you can download a detailed list of all our printed resources:
The Magazine Rack
Newspapers and /or magazines are freely available.You can browse through paper copies of the weekly magazines Le Nouvel Observateur, Der Spiegel, L'espresso, El País Dominical, El Temps. We keep one year's worth of all these magazines to help you with your project work.
Many of the world's newspapers and magazines are also available on the internet. Visit onlinenewspapers.com for links to the 50 most popular.
If you are researching an essay topic or preparing to give a class presentation, you can carry out a simultaneous search of a range of different European newspapers using the Nexus database. Click on the Sources drop-down menu to select your language.
Why not also try reading European versions of magazines you read in your spare time? Some examples include:
The Video and DVD Walls
We have an extensive selection of videos and DVDs, both of which can be watched in the centre or borrowed for a short period. Download a list of available films (pdf). You can also download a list of foreign TV channels (pdf).
Past Exam Papers
We have a selection of past exam papers.
Photocopying and Scanning
Photocopying facilities are available at the Reception Desk for a fee of 5p per sheet. Scanning facilities are also available at the computer terminal. Please note that for several pages it is best to scan photocopies and use the feeder rather than doing the pages one by one from a book.
Hints and Tips
We regularly ask staff to share their best hints and tips with us for language learning. Our specially designed 30 minute guides (pdf) give you some great ideas for how to kill some spare time between classes.
Want to know what TV programmes to look out for? Download a copy of our TV guide (pdf).
This is your space, and our policies only exist to make sure you all get the most out of it. So, bearing your peers in mind, we ask you to:
We do encourage you to do group work in the Centre, and we do not expect the Centre to be library-quiet. However, please do show consideration for other users at all times. For non-academic conversations, we suggest you relocate to the DELC student area.
The receptionist will be able to answer day-to-day queries about the Resource Centre. Specialist queries about the Centre's holdings as well as any requests for changes or additions should be addressed to Dr Carmen Rios Garcia.
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