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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

September 15th, 2014

Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University

Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityFollowing two previous visits from groups of researchers and academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia, Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a further group who are participating in a professional development course in Blended Learning, from Monday 15th September to Friday 26th September 2014.

We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us!

The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

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September 12th, 2014

New Modern Languages MOOC nearing launch

Staff from Modern Languages at Southampton are preparing to launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’, which will run over four weeks from 17th November to 12th December 2014. The course, which already has 8,000 subscribers, will introduce participants to the field of second language learning, consider language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and explore the uses of technology in teaching. The MOOC will also provide a taster of the online MA in English Language Teaching, a joint course from the University of Southampton and the British Council.

For further details about the MOOC, including how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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September 10th, 2014

New distance PhD students arrive from Mexico

Nineteen new PhD students from Mexico have begun a two week induction here at the University this week as they embark on our distance PhD in Modern Languages in the new academic year.

We welcome our visitors to the Avenue Campus and hope that you enjoy your time here!

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September 9th, 2014

Learning a language can increase the size of your brain

The Guardian has published an article discussing recent research undertaken by scientists at Lund University in Sweden, which has shown that learning a language can increase the size of your brain. The researchers used brain scans on adult military recruits learning Arabic, Russian or Dari intensively to monitor changes in the brain during the language learning process.

To read more about the research, visit the Guardian website.

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September 8th, 2014

New initiative to help boost the language skills of teachers

The BBC has reported that a network of language teaching hubs is to be set up across England, aimed at boosting the language skills of teachers. The £1.8 million programme will provide support in the languages of the curriculum, including speaking, writing, grammar and translation skills, to approximately 2,000 primary and secondary school teachers over a period of two years.

To read the article, visit the BBC website.

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September 5th, 2014

Future potential Modern Languages students to attend University Open Days

Hundreds of future potential Modern Languages students will be visiting the University of Southampton on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September 2014 for the University Open Days.

Visitors to Modern Languages may be interested to take a look at Get Ready for Languages, an online resource which aims to guide you to useful information about life as a Modern Languages student at Southampton. You can read about staff in the Modern Languages department, discover what sorts of things Modern Languages students past and present are getting up to, and explore some of the modules you might decide to do. All this and more!

Why not also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs, to keep updated on Modern Languages news and events.

We welcome all visitors to the University over the next few days!

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September 3rd, 2014

Modern Languages staff to participate in LangOER webinar

Kate Borthwick from Modern Languages will be amongst contributors to the upcoming LangOER webinar entitled ‘Open Educational Resources for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how will we tackle them?’, taking place on Friday 19th September from 2-3pm. The webinar aims to explore the status of Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages in Europe, discuss some current strategic projects working on OER and finally consider how OER can be used as a resource in the teaching and learning of languages.

Teachers and students interested in OER can sign up for free. Find out more about the webinar and how to sign up for live video streaming here. You can also follow the webinar on Twitter using the hashtag #LangOER.

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September 2nd, 2014

New national curriculum makes languages compulsory from age five

The Telegraph has published an article discussing the introduction of a new national curriculum this week in primary schools, which is making languages compulsory for children aged five to seven. The new curriculum, which will also see the introduction of a new computing syllabus, has been designed to ‘stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries’.

To read the article, visit the Telegraph website.

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