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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


Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “Chinese university students’ ELF awareness: Impacts of language education in China”


The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 from 5 – 7pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Chinese university students’ ELF awareness: Impacts of language education in China” and will be delivered by Dr Ying Wang from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. All welcome! Read more…

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Ethnographic Encounters project website and workshop


The HEA-funded project Ethnographic Encounters: Using the Residence Abroad to Explore other Societies and Cultures, led by Professor Marion Demossier and Dr Lisa Bernasek from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, has recently launched a website, which includes resources aimed at supporting students with designing and carrying out ethnographic projects during the Year Abroad, and supporting staff with teaching ethnographic methods for language students.

The Ethnographic Encounters Project will be hosting a workshop on Wednesday 4 November 2015 from 10.00-16:30 at the University’s Avenue Campus. The workshop will present the Ethnographic Encounters project, and will highlight the ways in which ethnography is used within Modern Languages programmes across the UK. Colleagues from Southampton and other institutions, as well as students interested in ethnographic projects on the Year Abroad, are welcome to attend.

Visit the Ethnographic Encounters website for further details about the project, and the event page on Eventbrite for further details on the workshop, including information on how to book your place.

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TNS seminar today: ‘Ethnographic Insights into the Superdiverse Language Context of Belize’


Dr Britta Schneider of the Free University, Berlin, will be presenting findings from her current project in Belize at today’s Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar. The seminar will take place at 5:15-6:30pm today, Wednesday 7th October 2015, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar title is: ‘Ethnographic Insights into the Superdiverse Language Context of Belize’. All welcome for the seminar and discussion! Read more…

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Italian film showing today: La Mafia uccide solo d’estate / The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (Pierfrancesco Diliberto, in arte Pif, 2013)

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The Italian film, La Mafia uccide solo d’estate / The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (Pierfrancesco Diliberto, in arte Pif, 2013) (90 minutes, with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 5 October 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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Last chance to book your place on Modern Languages evening classes!


Don’t miss your chance to book your place on the new series of Modern Languages Lifelong Learning evening classes, starting next week!

We are very excited to be offering 13 languages this year: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese. Staff and students of the University are eligible for discounts.

To find out more and book your place, visit the Lifelong Learning website.

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Cultural Studies and Modern Languages MOOC to be relaunched

The award-winning MOOC ‘Cultural Studies and Modern Languages’ by the University of Bristol goes live for the second time on Monday 12th October 2015. The MOOC, delivered by the Modern Languages department at Bristol, offers a free online introduction to the study of Modern Languages and Cultures, aimed at a sixth-form audience and beyond, and requiring no language other than English to follow it. Students are introduced to a range of foreign cultures via key slogans, texts, monuments, and images over a four week period. The course is ideal for anyone thinking of taking courses in Modern Languages, European / World history or cultural studies at university.

For further details about the MOOC and to register, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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Mexico Week 2015


This year’s Mexico Week, organised by MeXsu in collaboration with the student Mexican Society, promises a week of varied and exciting activities and events to showcase contemporary Mexico. These will take place both in the University and across the City, from 27th October to 4th November 2015, in partnership with organisations including the Phoenix Film Society, the City Council, Solent University, Turner Sims Concert Hall and Element Arts. There are also two other city-wide events happening during Mexico Week: the Southampton Film Festival and the So: To Speak cultural event.

In particular, celebrations will mark the ‘UK-Mexico Year 2015′ as it draws to an end. Details of the full programme will be available shortly on the MeXsu website, and Mexico Week Facebook page.

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First ILC research seminar of semester


The first Institute for Language and Culture (ILC) seminar of the semester will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2015 from 4:00-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. At this session, Dr Will Baker, Dr Darren Paffey and Dr Heidi Armbruster from Modern Languages will be discussing the research undertaken during their research leave, as well as sharing tips on the good use of research leave. All welcome!

For further details of ILC events in the new academic year, keep an eye on the events page of the ILC blog.

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Modern Languages launches new eLearning Group

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Modern Languages at Southampton has recently launched an eLearning Group, consisting of staff members from across the department with an interest in eLearning and blended learning. The group aims to enable it members to meet on a regular basis, explore how colleagues are making use of online tools in their day-to-day teaching and share best practice in this area. The group has a blog, which presents examples of pedagogic research into blended learning from across the department. The blog already features an account of using Twitter with Italian beginners to develop cultural awareness and communicative language skills, and a recent study exploring the role of international students as agents of change on the online course ‘Get Ready for Southampton’, coordinated by the eLanguages team.

Keep an eye on the group blog, and the Languages at Southampton blog, for further updates on Modern Languages eLearning Group activities!

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Welcome to our new Modern Languages students!

We welcome all of our new Modern Languages students who have arrived this week for Freshers’ Week!

Check out our resource Get Ready for Languages, which aims to guide you to useful information about your 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 events and languages-related news, you can also follow us on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs.

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