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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 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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September 1st, 2014

Last chance to book a place at the ASMCF annual conference!

Register now, before the booking deadline of Tuesday 2nd September, to secure your place at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), taking place at the University of Southampton from 9-11 September 2014.

For further details on the conference, including information on key note speakers and on how to register, visit the event page on the Modern Languages website.

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August 29th, 2014

Vote for this year’s public language champion

The Guardian is asking the public to vote for an individual in the public eye who they think best champions language education for the second year of its Public Language Champion Award. The award, launched in partnership British Academy, aims to recognise a public figure who has demonstrated commitment to and passion for the importance of language in British society.

To read more about the award, and find out about last year’s nominees, visit the Guardian website.

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August 28th, 2014

Free language learning app reaches new levels of success

The Guardian has published an article about the journey and ambitions of Luis von Ahn, creator of the free language learning app, Duolingo. Launched in 2012, the app now has 40 million registered users worldwide and engages its users with its unique design and teaching methods. Von Ahn’s hope is that it will continue to allow anyone who has internet access to learn a language for free.

To read more about the Duolingo app and its creator, visit the article page on the Guardian website.

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August 26th, 2014

Spanish may become the ‘dominant’ language in schools

TES Connect has reported on a prediction by Andrew Hall, the chief executive of exam board AQA, that Spanish is soon likely to become ‘the most commonly-taught foreign language in UK schools’. The report follows this year’s GCSE results, which showed an increase of more than 20,000 Spanish GCSE entries since 2012.

To read the full article, visit the TES Connect website.

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August 22nd, 2014

UCML publishes 2014 GCSE modern languages summary and trend analysis

The University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) has published a summary of GCSE languages take-up for 2014, including an analysis of GCSE languages trends between 2002 and 2014.

To read the summary and trend analysis, visit the UCML website.

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August 20th, 2014

Modern Languages represented at 2014 Eurocall conference

Julie Watson and Kate Borthwick are amongst colleagues from Modern Languages attending the 2014 Eurocall conference, taking place from 20-23 August 2014 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Julie’s presentation entitled ‘Sizing up the online course: adapting learning design to meet growing participant numbers’ will take place on the second day of the conference. Read more…

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August 14th, 2014

A-Level results for new Southampton Modern Languages students

Congratulations to all students who received their A-Level results today and now have confirmed places to join us in Modern Languages here at Southampton from September.

If you have questions about life as a student here in Modern Languages, we have the answers! Check out Get Ready for Languages, our new online resource, which aims to guide you to useful information about your future 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!

To keep updated on Modern Languages news and events, you can also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs.

We look forward to welcoming you in just a few weeks from now!

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