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Library & Learning Commons: Language Learning

Magazines & newspapers

The Library & Learning Commons stocks a large variety of foreign language newspapers, magazines and journals, including back issues. Specialist magazines are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Shelves are divided into individual language areas and contain a comprehensive range of course and reference books, such as dictionaries, thesauri, grammar books, and materials relating to specific areas (e.g. listening, speaking, specific purposes).

Language level is indicated on course books and other materials with coloured dots which relate to Modern Languages language levels.


Language Learning Resources


The Library & Learning Commons holds a comprehensive collection of language learning resources to support students and staff interested in learning a language.  Learners have access to a large selection of  reference books, multi-lingual dictionaries, self-access courses, audio and video resources and a range of European newspapers and magazines.

In addition, there are a number of specialised language learning software and other tools such as satellite television, audio and video editing software and other linguistics applications. 

Magazines held at the Library & Learning Commons




 In addition to these titles, the LRC holds a range of other European magazines and newspapers.

To see a full list of what's available, have a look at the list below:

Language and Academic Advising

What is Language and Academic Advising?

Language and Academic advising sessions give students the opportunity to discuss any issues related to language learning or academic development on a one-to-one basis.

Students can make appointments with advisors to talk about ways to practice foreign languages independently or how to improve in general academic English skills.

Who can attend?

How does it work?

- Sessions are approximately 20 minutes long

- Flexible times offered

- Skype appointment available at: Sotonlangadvising

- Face-to-face

For more information email us at or visit our website


BoB National - over 1 million programmes available online

Box of Broadcasts (otherwise known as BoB National) is an online off-air TV and radio recording service which enables you to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ Freeview channels. All programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across other UK universities.   You can create clips to use in presentations and compile playlists of your favourite programmes to share with others. 

See FAQs for more information.