About the school
The School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne was created in 1993 as the vehicle for providing excellence in language teaching and learning, and for ensuring wider access, across the University community, to high level competency in languages and cultures. Its organisational structure, in close association with the Asia Institute, and its outreach to the rest of the University through the Diploma in Languages are widely seen as models of best practice in the Australian system.
Drawing on the expertise of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, the Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC), the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL), Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross Cultural Communication (RUMACCC), and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language the school promotes working together in language teaching, learning and assessment strategies. The School also provides a focal point for reflection and research in all areas of linguistics, and in the interface between language and culture.
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language subjects help students to study effectively at university by developing their academic English language. Subjects are available at undergraduate and graduate levels. Emphasis is placed on students' ability to communicate ideas clearly and fluently, using appropriate academic language.
- European studies
European studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the cultures, societies and languages of Europe, broadly defined. In European Studies, students gain insights into the cultures, history and politics of modern Europe and have the opportunity to study one of the five European languages taught in the School.
- French studies
The overall objective of the French Studies program is to enable you to develop an ability to communicate effectively in the French language in order to enhance your understanding of the French-speaking world. This abilitiy will be achieved through the study of a variety of aspects of French-speaking cultures including literature, film, theatre, translation, travel writing, food and wine, immigration and identity.
- Gender studies (Interdisciplinary program)
The Gender Studies program at The University of Melbourne offers students the potential to learn about issues such as sexual difference, gender equity, queer politics and sexuality, from a variety of thought-provoking and provocative perspectives.
- German studies
The German studies program provides an intimate study environment with excellent access to talented and enthusiastic teaching staff with wide ranging interests in German language and culture. It has a strong reputation in both teaching and research and has an impressive publishing record over a broad range of topics.
- Italian studies
Italian studies may be taken as part of a major in the Faculty of Arts and can be studied for up to four years (honours) at undergraduate level and then continued at graduate level (coursework and research Masters and PhD). Areas of expertise include Italian cinema, history, linguistics, literature, and issues in teaching and learning.
- Linguistics and Applied linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in the School of Languages and Linguistics has strengths in many significant areas of research. It has an outstanding record in attracting nationally competitive publication and research grants and has established extensive collaborative networks with local and international scholars in the field.
- Russian studies
The Russian program within the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne has a full graduate (MA and PhD) and undergraduate program (Major). Students are able to take a Major in Russian with a combination of Russian language, linguistics and literature subjects, and, in addition, subjects taught in the departments of History and Political Science relating to Russia and Eastern/Central Europe.
- Spanish and Latin American studies
The Spanish and Latin American studies program at The University of Melbourne offers language options at all levels together with a growing number of cultural studies subjects in areas as diverse as literature (from Don Quixote to contemporary classics), cinema, popular culture, food studies, gender studies, and area studies in both European and Latin American studies.
Research groups describes existing and developing research centres, institutes and units housed within or closely associated with The School of Languages and Linguistics.
Current research projects
The academic staff of The School of Languages and Linguistics undertake many research projects and have been awarded many research grants. Details of current funded research can be found in this section.
Past research projects
The academic staff of The School of Languages and Linguistics undertake many research projects and have been awarded many research grants. Details of past research projects can be found in this section
This section contains a selective list of recent major publications (books and book chapters) in all our programs within The School of Languages and Linguistics.
There are discussion groups available for some study areas, for more information please see this section.
The School conducts research into a wide range of language practices, covering through its subjects a diversity of times, places and themes which reflect the latest developments in language and linguistic practice.
Information for current undergraduate students including policies, assessment and contact information.
Honours provides scope to refine your analytical skills and research techniques while significantly enhancing your range of options after graduation.
Information for current graduate research students, including facilities and resources, support and funding, student travel.
Study Abroad and Exchange
The Study Abroad and Exchange programs allow students to study at an overseas institution.
Language Exchange Club
Any student studying a language is welcome to join the program and converse with a native speaker. Come here to make friends, international contacts and imrpove you language skills naturally!
Friday 3:30pm - 5:00pmThe (post-) migrant flaneur. Berlin-Narrative of the millenniumSeminar/Forum Jule Thiemann;German studies;School of Languages and Linguistics;
Language practices and language policies in multilingual contextsSeminar/Forum language transmission;language shift;language practices;multilingual;Family;bilingual;community;
Thursday 6:30pm - 7:30pmGlobalization, its discontents, and the future of multilingualism (or why language learning is more ...Free Public Lecture language policies;immigrants;displaced persons;xenophobia;language learning;refugees;multilingualism;immigration;GLOBALISATION;nationalism;Education;
Friday 2:15pm - 3:15pmInfant directed speech and its implications for language development: The case of DanishSeminar/Forum
Friday 3:15pm - 4:15pmExploring Autobiographical Memory in Non-WEIRD populations: The Ik of Uganda and the Nunggubuyu from...Seminar/Forum
Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pmHonours In LanguagesFuture Student Event Languages;honours;Russian Francophone;SOLL;Italian;German;Spanish;School of Languages and Linguistics;
CoEDL SHAPE Corpus workshop series 2017Training/Workshop linguistic theories;language writing;corpus building;corpus;coedl;linguistics;topology;
Friday 3:30pm - 5:00pmSeminar - Crowds, Cancer, Clones. Houellebecq rewrites Canetti.Seminar/Forum
Friday 3:30pm - 5:00pmLos Borbones y la modernización de EspañaSeminar/Forum The Bourbons;Professor Jesusa Vega;Los Borbones y la modernización de España;SOLL;Spanish;School of Languages and Linguistics;
Friday 3:30pm - 5:00pmGerman Seminar - Stimmung und Literatur. Konfigurationen eines ästhetischen Phänomens und die Heraus...Seminar/Forum
Casual academics required for Semester 1, 2017
Casual academics are required for teaching subjects in the Asia Institute for Semester 1, 2017. Applications close 20 January, 2017. More information and application...News
Professor Gillian Wigglesworth awarded title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
TG Tucker Medal awarded to Professor Colin Nettlebeck
Women in Research Citation Awards 2016
Dr Ute Knoch of the School of Languages and Linguistics has received one of this year’s Women in Research Citation Awards.News
Preserving precious Indigenous languages
Casual academic staff required for 2017 Summer semester subjects
The School of Languages and Linguistics requires casual academic staff for two 2017 Summer semester subjectsNews
Richard Gunter Bursaries
The Richard Gunter Bursaries (in French or English) are now open to Graduate coursework or Graduate research students enrolled in the French or English Studies Program at The University of Melbourne for travel and/or research.News
The University of New Caledonia - Foreign Language (English) Assistant position available
Applications are sought for a 9 month position as an English language assistant at the University of New CaledoniaAPPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 21 NOVEMBER 2016Duration of appointment: this is a 9 months position to end in December 2017News
2016 Caroline Clapham Masters Award
Associate Professor Adrian Hearn's success with COALAR grant
The School of Languages and Linguistics extends it's warmest congratulations to Associate Professor Adrian Hearn who has been successful in the current round of COALAR grants.News
Macgeorge Fellowship Recipient 2016/2017 - Professor Darra Goldstein
The School of Languages and Linguistics will proudly host the 2016/2016 Macgeorge Fellowship recipient Professor Darra Goldstein in November 2016.News
Professor Tim McNamara awarded title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
The Vice recently announced the names of nine University of Melbourne professors who have been awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.News
Professor Anthony Pym joins the School of Languages and Linguistics
The School of Languages and Linguistics is most pleased to welcome Professor Anthony Pym to the team beginning in January 2017.News
Call for papers: Australian Studies
The Australian Centre is piloting a faculty wide research seminar series with the view to extending it to the wider university in the future.News
PEN Translates grant awarded to PhD candidate and Spanish Tutor Samuel Rutter
SOLL PhD candidate and Spanish Tutor Samuel Rutter's translation of the novel "The Winterlings" by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade has been awarded a PEN Translates grant by English PEN.News
Cómo ha retratado el cine la imagen de España? How has the cinema portrayed the image of Spain?
Listen to Professor Alfredo Martínez-Expósito on the podcastNews
Senior Research Fellow Claudia Sandberg joins the School
Claudia is an expert in Cinema Studies with particular interest in Chilean, Argentinean and German cinemas.News
Cadet Harley Dunolly-Lee is featured in the latest ARTiculation newsletter
Indigenous cadet working to preserve Dja Dja Wurrung languageNews
Assoc. Professor Lesley Stirling recipient of a citation for outstanding contributions to student le...
Assoc. Professor Lesley Stirling has been distinguished with this citation for "sustained commitment to promoting a faculty culture of mentoring, for both students and staff, to create an environment where students can thrive."News
Kill Your Darlings
Article published by School of Languages and Linguistics PhD candidate Ruth McHugh-DillonNews
Dr Heather Benbow 'Feeding the troops: the emotional meaning of food in wartime' featured on The Con...
In wartime, when cultural differences are amplified, food can be a potent reminder of shared humanity and reinforce a sense of belonging. Feeding is also a powerful act of love.News
French Peer Mentoring Program - C'est la vie universitaire!
The French Peer Mentoring Program (C'est la vie universitaire!) is a free mentoring program for first year students of French at the university.News
2016/2017 Macgeorge Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships
Applications for the 2016/2017 Macgeorge Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships are now open and close on Friday, 28 August 2015, 5.00pm.News
The University of Melbourne ranked fifteenth in the world for Linguistics and first in Australia in ...
In the newly released QS World University Rankings, The University of Melbourne has been ranked number 15 in the world for Linguistics, and number 1 in Australia!News
Associate Professor Lesley Stirling wins Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence
Associate Professor Lesley Stirling has won this year's Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence. This is a major achievement and honour. The selection criteria for the award are as follows:News
Associate Professor Rachel Nordlinger featured Linguist for the LINGUIST List
"That first fieldtrip was at once terrifying and exhilarating; it was without doubt the most challenging and the most mind-blowing experience I had ever had.News
Professor Alison Lewis interviewed about Guy Sebastian and the Eurovision song contest
Idol away: why Guy Sebastian is our ticket to votes at EurovisionNews
Dr Heather Benbow and Dr Lara Anderson: Culinary xenophobia raises its ugly head
Dr Heather Benbow interview on Radio National about research undertaken with Dr Lara Anderson on culinary xenophobia.News
Language Placement Testing
All students wishing to enrol in a language subject for the first time are required to complete a background questionnaire online.
- Horwood Recording Studio
Videos released by the School of Languages and Linguistics including information about study areas and presentations.
VCE written exam preparation kits for students and teachers