Language Resource Centre

Enrichment Week

The Language Resource Centre will be hosting a range of activities during NU's enrichment week 01/03/2021 - 05/03/2021.

A range of language taster sessions are available for booking here - with more to be confirmed soon! 

TASTERDATETIME
Korean Language & Culture 01/03/21 1000-1100
Arabic Language & Culture 01/03/21 1000-1100
Georgian Language & Culture 02/03/21 1300-1400
Spanish Language & Culture 02/03/21 1200-1300
British Sign Language 02/03/21 1400-1500
Wales and the Welsh Language 02/03/21 1500-1600
Arabic Language & Culture 02/03/21 1500-1600
Dutch Language 03/03/21 1000-1100
Malayalam Language 03/03/21 1100-1200
Japanese Language & Culture 03/03/21 1400-1500
Portuguese Language & Culture 03/03/21 1500-1600
Bengali Language 04/03/21 1100-1200
Chinese Language & Culture 04/03/21 1400-1500
British Sign Language 04/03/21 1500-1600
Italian Language & Culture 05/03/21 1000-1100
French Language & Culture 05/03/21 1300-1400
Georgian Language & Writing 05/03/21 1200-1300

If you are not yet a member of the LRC - you can join here.

LRC's Enrichment Week Film Festival

Accessible to NU students with their NU login the World TV & Film service, operated by the LRC in collaboration with Planet eStream, offers over eight thousand films and programmes in a hundred languages. The choice is vast, eclectic and culturally enlightening including international films, director’s cuts, rare footage and multiple language sub-title options as well as firm favourites.

Below is a selection of recommendations especially for the enrichment week film festival. all with the common theme of perseverance, resilience and help from unexpected quarters:

  • Tonari no Totoro (1988) - Tatsuo and his two daughters Stasuki and Mei move to an old house to be nearer to the hospital where their mother is. The house is also inhabited by the susuwatari: small house spirits. Many adventures entail, involving many animistic characters getting involved, including a giant bus shaped cat, all working hard to get their mother safely home. A version in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub are available.

 

  • The Idol (2015) - The true life story of Mohammed Assaf the famous singer and songwriter who grew up in the Gaza refugee camp and who came to fame by winning the Arab Idol TV competition. The film chronicles the incredible hardship and obstacles that growing up in Gaza presented to Mohammed and his friends, their determination, ingenuity and at times despair.

 

  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - One question away from wining the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Jamal is arrested by the police; suspected of cheating. Through a series of flashbacks the film narrates the life of Jamal growing up in the slums of Mumbai, and how he came to know the answers to each of the questions in the competition. The film was awarded eight Academy Awards including for Best Original Song “Jai Ho” which translates as “let victory prevail.” It is performed in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Spanish.

 

  • The Theory of Everything (2014) - The film is a biographical romantic drama that follows the life of Stephen Hawking from being a late-deadline-submission PhD candidate to being a world renowned astrophysicist. The film parallels his intellectual and academic development with the progression of his illness, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, set against a backdrop of love lost and love found. The film includes the famous quote from an award acceptance speech, “There should be no boundaries to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there is life there is hope.”

 

  • Fitzcarraldo (1982) - This mad-cap adventure set in the early 20th century in the Amazon Basin tells the story of an opera obsessed Irishman who, against all odds, reason and the jungle is determined to bring opera to Iquitos. In order to do this a steamboat has to be hauled across a jungle mountain. The adventure is accompanied by a soundtrack of equal magnitude including performances by Enrico Caruso.