Accessibility Tools

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

April 15th, 2014

EMMA – a new European multilingual MOOC platform

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform for Europe has been launched, which will enable access to MOOCs in different languages, supported by automatic transcription. The product of a partnership between 12 leading European universities and companies, the first EMMA MOOCs will go live in September this year, and will be delivered by universities in Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK on a range of different subjects including Social Innovation and Cultural Heritage, Business Management and Climate Change.

Visit the EMMA website for further information. The press release for the launch is also available on this website.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 11th, 2014

Modern Languages welcomes Richard Kiely

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton has recently welcomed Dr Richard Kiely, Reader in TESOL Applied Linguistics, as a new member of staff.

To read Richard’s profile, visit the Modern Languages website.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 10th, 2014

Internationalisation a growing priority for higher education institutions worldwide

The UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) has reported on the growing importance of internationalisation for higher education institutions across the world.

To read the article in full, visit the IU website.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 9th, 2014

Interview with David Crystal at the IATEFL conference

The PIE News interviewed David Crystal last week at the 2014 IATEFL conference on the subject of English as the world’s lingua franca now and in the future.

To read the interview in full, visit the PIE News website.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 8th, 2014

Computer coding found to be more in demand than languages

The Guardian has reported on a recent survey, which found that the majority of British adults think that computer coding should be prioritised over modern languages for teaching in schools. Of the 2,002 survey participants, coding was the top choice for 52%.

To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

Do you think that computer coding or modern languages will be more important for children to learn at school? Share your views with us.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 7th, 2014

Is it possible to learn a language with just a smartphone?

The Guardian has reported on the progress of an online language learning challenge that it recently launched, in which it is following the progress of a self-proclaimed ‘tech lover’ who is trying to learn Spanish using just a smartphone.

Find out more about the challenge on the Guardian website.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 4th, 2014

Language Learning In and Out of the Classroom: A one day symposium

A one day symposium to celebrate the academic career of Professor Rosamond Mitchell will take place on 18 June 2014.

The symposium will pay tribute to Ros’s achievements in the fields of Education and Applied Linguistics over the past 40 years. The event will include an overview of Ros’s career by Professor Florence Myles, a series of talks on the theme of foreign language teaching and learning and a round table discussion about the future of language learning and teaching.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News
April 3rd, 2014

Plenary session by David Graddol at IATEFL conference

David Graddol, Director of the English Company (UK) Ltd, gave the IATEFL conference plenary session yesterday, in which he examined the economic benefits that English brings.

In his session, Graddol critically explored the role English now plays in relation to the economy and the implications of this for educational policy. To watch the recorded presentation in full, visit the IATEFL website.

Posted by : E Languages
Category Tags: News