About PORT

What is port about? Port is a site offering web-based research training materials, accessible to all from the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies server of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The portal combines two main sections:

  • Skills tutorials (not specific to a particular language)
    These invite you to reflect on the various skills involved in postgraduate research and give you information on practical matters. The skills packages will cover the main fields of research undertaken in Modern Language departments and in other Humanities departments concerned with the study of Romance culture or languages (e.g. Linguistics, Film and Media, History of Art). To access a variety of different research training packages, click on 'tutorials' listed in the top menu bar of this page. A general tutorials page will open, giving you the option to select one of thirteen different skills packages. Alternatively, if you scroll over the 'tutorials' icon, you will activate a drop-down menu from which you can directly choose amongst the different packages available.
  • Resources
    Our resources cover materials relating to French, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech, Polish, Russian and Portuguese studies, and to some degree to Francophone, Hispanic, Latin-American and Lusophone culture. These directories will provide links to and information about institutions, such as libraries, archives and museums concerned with these modern languages and cultures, as well as web-based resources. Where appropriate we will give practical advice on access, facilities and usage. To access our resources, click on one of the eight languages given in the top-menu bar and the respective pages with options for different kinds of resources relevant for one particular language will open. You can also directly enter these more specific directories by activating a drop-down menu linked to the different languages that form the top-menu bar, e.g., simply scroll over 'French' and a sub-menu for different kinds of French resources will be revealed.

The materials are conceived as free-standing self-study units but will also be of use to teachers on research training programmes to support face-to-face provision.