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Welcome to Languages at Southampton

Welcome to Languages at Southampton
Are you interested in learning a new language or improving one that you have learnt before? At Southampton, you have a wide choice of languages to learn and ways to learn them. You can study them as part of your degree, in a social group, through a Lifelong Learning class or independently, using the University’s language learning resources. This portal will link you to all you need to find out what’s going on in languages at Southampton, as well as national and international language-related news.

Language teaching and learning at Southampton is coordinated by the Centre for Language Study within the Department for Modern Languages. This site is maintained by the eLanguages team.

Latest News

30/10/2014

Modern Languages staff to participate in ILIaD inaugural conference

A number of Modern Languages staff will be participating in the new Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIad) inaugural conference, taking place on Monday 3 November from 10:30-17:30 at the University of Southampton. Amongst participating staff, Patrick Stevenson, Julie Watson, Lisa Bernasek and Marion Demossier will be presenting during the ‘speed networking’ session, and Laurence Georgin in the poster session. Read more…

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29/10/2014

‘Cultural collision’: the challenges of cultural adaptation for international students

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The PIE News has published an article discussing the challenges related to cultural differences that many international students encounter when studying abroad. The article also considers what educators can do to help prepare their students for cultural assimilation in a new study environment. To read the article, visit The PIE News.

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28/10/2014

CLLEAR seminar: “Linguistic variation in monolingual and bilingual contexts: The size of rules & the role of economy, complexity and frequency”

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 29 October 2014 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Linguistic variation in monolingual and bilingual contexts: The size of rules & the role of economy, complexity and frequency” and will be delivered by Professor Marit Westergaard from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. All welcome! Read more…

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27/10/2014

Italian film showing today: Allacciate le cinture (Ferzan Özpetek, 2014)

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The Italian film, Allacciate le cinture (Ferzan Özpetek, 2014), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 27 October 2014. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! Read more…

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24/10/2014

Online Q&A: What is the best way to learn a language?

The Guardian has a live online Q&A discussion today, Friday 24 October 2014, from 13:00-15:00 in which the question ‘What is the best way to learn a language?’ will be explored. Why not join in the debate?

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21/10/2014

Professor Jenny Jenkins appointed as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Modern Languages’ Professor Jenny Jenkins has been appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a significant acknowledgement of her contribution to our understanding of Global Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca. Congratulations to Jenny on this fantastic achievement!

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20/10/2014

Italian film showing today: Benvenuto Presidente! (Riccardo Milani, 2013)

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The Italian film, Benvenuto Presidente! (Riccardo Milani, 2013), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 20 October 2014. Review, introduction and discussion by Carla Ringland Mendez. All welcome! Read more…

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17/10/2014

UK language festival launched today

The Guardian has reported on the launch of the UK’s second annual national Language Festival, which aims to celebrate cultural diversity and build on the growing momentum behind language learning in the UK. The festival, which starts today, will include a variety of events, online Q&As and a social media campaign, and aims to unite students, teachers and the wider community in discussions about the benefits of a multilingual society.

For further information about the festival, and a programme of events and activities, visit the Guardian website.

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