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Academic Development Directorate

Languages and Cultures Outreach

The Languages Outreach Programme provides schools and students with opportunities to learn, taste, experience the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The 2014-15 programme of activities include:

Chinese New Year CelebrationsThu 12 February 2015
IllumiNations FestivalFri   27 February 2015
Whirling Poetry, Swahili and Images of WaterThu 12 March 2015
Nowruz Persian New Year CelebrationsTue  24 March 2015
STEP ON Korean Easter SchoolMon 30 March - 1 April 2015
Turkish AcademyWed 15-17 April 2015
Japanese DayTue  5 May 2015
STEP ON Teachers Language WeekTue  26-29 May 2015
Thai Buddhism DayThu  4 June 2015
Urdu Immersion ClassesTue 9 to Thu 11  June 2015
Year 11 and 12 Languages and Law Summer SchoolMon  29 June - 2 July 2015


We work with a wide range of students of varying abilities and in particular work with the following students:

  •    Those who would be the first in their family to go to university
  •    Those passionate about world issues and language study
  •    Those requiring support to fully realise their academic potential

We can also send Ambassadors to schools to deliver presentations, workshops, round tables and career events.

For more information, please contact:

Renata Albuquerque
Languages Outreach Programme Manager
Tel: 020 7898 4745
Email: ra40@soas.ac.uk

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Languages and Cultures Department Open Days

SOAS is the only University in the UK focusing on Asia and Africa and we have the largest concentration of expert teachers in these areas. We specialise in Asian and African languages and cultures, from West Africa to East Asia, but also combine language study with disciplines like Politics, Economics, History, Social Anthropology, Management, Development Studies, etc.

As part of our outreach activities we undertake the following activities in and for schools:

  • Talks in schools on some topical issue or aspect of contemporary culture in Asia and Africa given by a SOAS specialist;
  • Talks in schools about studying Asian and African languages (with taster lessons) and their possible applications, given by a SOAS member of staff;
  • A visit to SOAS either during one of our Open Days or on other occasions.

For more information and/or to arrange a talk, please contact Debbie Nelson at dn@soas.ac.uk.