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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

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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August 13th, 2014

Professor Mike Kelly answers questions from modern languages students on new website

Professor Mike Kelly from Modern Languages at Southampton was answering questions yesterday from students interested in studying or working abroad as part of the launch of a new website called TYA Answers, created by Lizzie Fane, the founder of thirdyearabroad.com. Funded by HEFCE through the Routes into Languages initiative, TYA Answers is dedicated to supporting students who have questions about studying or working abroad during their degree. Areas for discussion on the website include what it’s like studying languages at university, careers for ‘Global Graduates’, culture shock advice and making the most of your year abroad.

If you have your own questions to ask, or simply wish to find out more, visit the TYA Answers website.

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August 12th, 2014

Languages and Entrepreneurship

Are you a student or graduate of modern languages? Are you interested in entrepreneurship? If so, you may be interested in reading a recent Higher Education Academy guide, written by modern languages entrepreneur and founder of Third Year Abroad, Lizzie Fane, and entitled ‘Languages and Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Students’. The report aims to support and inspire students who are thinking of starting a business based on their experiences with language, travel or culture.

For further information and to read the report in full, visit the HEA website or the Third Year Abroad website.

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August 11th, 2014

Do you know any inspirational language champions?

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Threlford Memorial Cup, an award presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Linguists Educational Trust for a significant contribution to ‘fostering the study of languages’. The Cup can be awarded to a person, organisation or project that deserves to be recognised within the field of language study. The deadline for nominations is Friday 5 September, and the IoLET Awards Evening is to be held at the Barbican, London, on Thursday 6 November 2014.

For further information, email comms@iol.org.uk or download the nomination form.

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August 7th, 2014

The role of language and technologies in deaf culture

The BBC has recently published a blog post discussing some of the lesser-known aspects of deaf culture, focusing in particular on the role of sign language for deaf people, sign language varieties across the world and the role of technologies in helping people who are deaf.

To read the post in full, visit the BBC blog website.

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August 6th, 2014

University supports call for better language skills in the UK

The University of Southampton is amongst 50 leading organisations that are backing a group of MPs and Peers calling for all political parties to make a General Election manifesto commitment to improving language skills in the UK.

Further information about the University’s support for this initiative can be found on the University’s Modern Languages website.

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