School of Languages and Area Studies

Facilities & Student Learning Resources

We offer a modern and well-equipped learning environment, based in the University's iconic Park Building. Here you'll find lecture space, seminar rooms, IT spaces and the offices of your lecturers. Research students have access to their own Postgraduate Centre. You'll also have access to the modern library, with thousands of books, DVDs, maps and electronic resources, and a thoroughly integrated virtual learning environment.

As you study with us, you may use our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and its variety of open access resources (books, magazines, DVDs and online resource support), our sophisticated multimedia learning laboratories and the services of our Technical Support Team and Learning Development Tutors.

Park Building, School of Languages and Area Studies

Televic Interpreter Training Suite

Interpreter suite

We have installed the very latest Interpreter Training Suite from Televic, a leader in professional communication technology and supplier to the European Parliament and international industries. Our aim is to provide facilities and teaching that are of the very highest standard. This brand new facility has been specifically designed for our MA and Undergraduate Interpreting programmes. Our students will take part in simulated conferences and meetings where they will learn professional interpreting skills as well as transferable skills such as the etiquette of professional meetings and conferences and public communication, among others. The suite will offer the opportunity to work in a variety of languages and give students the opportunity to hone their skills as professional interpreters and delegates.

The suite features the Lingua Interpreter desk, the very latest interpreting hardware technology. The University of Portsmouth is proud to be the very first University in the world to be able to offer this cutting edge technology. The suite will provide users with a set of specialist tools used for professional simultaneous & consecutive interpreting, enabling learners to master the skills used in the private & freelance markets such as note-taking, working with a booth partner, ‘relay’ interpreting, and sight translation. In addition to business settings, the facility will replicate environments often used for Liaison or Public-Service Interpreting in Court-rooms, Councils & Police Centres. This facility will prepare students for future employment opportunities in some of the World’s leading & most prestigious institutions who have a growing demand for high-quality post-graduate translators & interpreters.

As well as cutting edge technology, the suite has been finished to the highest standard - including professional ISO standards - to result in a high end professional environment.

Digital language labs

On Language courses, our four state-of-the-art Language Laboratories offer you and your lecturers a rich, multimedia language-learning environment where video, sound, text and Internet sources can be integrated and manipulated on screen. Our staff are at the forefront in exploiting the potential afforded by this technology to create packages of materials tailored to the course you follow.

Learning Development Tutors

The LDT team is on hand to support ANY student studying a course in SLAS to improve their academic and English language skills, and to increase their confidence. Support is available in person, online and through workshops and the Global Café. Read more.

Online Course Developers

The School has three online course developers supporting the work of the teaching staff, offering students an educational experience at the cutting edge of technology-enhanced learning and allowing lecturers to focus on their teaching and the research that informs it.

Learning Resource Centre

Augment and enhance your learning outside class with the recently redeveloped LRC, at the heart of the School and available to all students from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students can view the the catalogue of resources, search for specific items and view links to related resources:  view the LRC Catalogue here. 

Facilities available include:

  • Networked PCs and wireless laptop area, with facilities for printing, scanning and photocopying.
  • An extensive collection of foreign films, documentaries, audio recordings and other study material, with DVD and TV viewing / listening stations in the Centre
  • A large collection of books, including graded course material for teachers, self-access texts for students and reference resources such as dictionaries and grammar books and magazines.
  • The resources centre incorporates a fully supported multi-media workshop where students are able to create rich presentation and assignment materials. A variety of software and audio–visual tools are available including PowerPoint, Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing and software for creating audio recordings and Podcasts etc.
  • Support and guidance is available from the technical support staff.
  • See also: Protocols for Academic staff for the use of Park Learning Resources

Language Corner

If you are having any problems studying a modern foreign language, we run drop-in sessions where you can discuss these on a one-to-one or group basis with a tutor. We can provide you with guidance to improve your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills as well as your grammar. The Language Corner is located in the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) in Park Building and sessions are available at different times during the day.