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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

10/02/2016

Study suggests different written languages are equally efficient at conveying meaning

The results of a recent study, led by the University of Southampton, suggest that despite the difference in the forms of different languages, native speakers of those languages can read passages in a comparable amount of time to each other. The languages used for the experiment were English, Finnish and Mandarin Chinese.

Find out more details about the experiment on the University of Southampton news page.

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08/02/2016

University welcomes in the Year of the Monkey

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University students and staff will be participating in celebrations today organised by the Confucius Institute to mark the Chinese New Year. A variety of activities and workshops will be taking place between 11:00 and 14:00 in the SUSU concourse, Highfield Campus, including calligraphy, Chinese knot weaving, paper cutting, Chinese games, tea ceremony, traditional music and an historical costume show. All welcome to attend!

The Year of the Monkey begins on 8th February 2016 and lasts until 27th January 2017. The monkey is the ninth animal of the Chinese zodiac. It is considered by some to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar!

For further details of today’s events, visit the University of Southampton news pages.

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Italian film showing today: Il rosso e il blu / The Red and the Blue (Giuseppe Piccioni, 2012)

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The Italian film, Il rosso e il blu / The Red and the Blue (Giuseppe Piccioni, 2012) (97 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 8th February 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Neil Tibbetts. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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04/02/2016

eLearning Symposium – Humans and the machine

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The 11th LLAS eLearning Symposium was held on January 21-22 at the University of Southampton. The Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) is part of Modern Languages at Southampton, and this annual event has become an established fixture for the language-teaching community to come together and share their work. Read more…

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POSTPONED to 4th May: TNS Seminar: “‘A place of utter desolation and abandonment…’: Administrative noise, neglect and the commemoration of the camp de Gurs.”

*** Please note: The seminer was originally scheduled for Wednesday 10th February but has now been postponed until Wednesday 4th May ***

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The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 10th February 2016 in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The session is entitled “‘A place of utter desolation and abandonment…’: Administrative noise, neglect and the commemoration of the camp de Gurs” and will be led by Dr Scott Soo from Modern Languages at Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
The camp de Gurs was an internment centre that was initially built in 1939 for refugees from the Spanish Civil War. It continued to be used throughout WWII and became implicated in the Final Solution when German Jewish internees were deported to Auschwitz. While much is known about the internees’ experiences of Gurs and the operation of the camp, we know very little about what happened at the site once the camp was closed down. This paper sets out to explain how the camp was dismantled and then transformed into a place of commemorative activity through a focus on the camp cemetery. The analysis of local and national state archives will point towards a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics surrounding the construction and development of remembrance narratives in post-war France that necessarily accounts for both international factors and transnational processes.

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03/02/2016

‘Welcome to Our World’ Festival at Avenue Campus this Saturday

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Languages at Southampton blog readers may be interested in the ‘Welcome to Our World’ Festival, taking place on Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, on Saturday 6th February 2016 from 10:00 – 16:00. The festival is organised by students of the University and celebrates the cultural diversity of the University and the city of Southampton. The event is open to anyone, and will give attendees the opportunity to experience difference traditions, enjoy a variety of performances and engage with intercultural exchange through a range of art activities, dance workshops, cookery demonstrations, lectures and more. Activities appropriate for all ages will be running throughout the day.

The event forms part of the Intercultural Connections Southampton Project run by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) at the University of Southampton and aims to encourage intercultural awareness and strengthen international links throughout the city.

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01/02/2016

Italian film showing today: Salvatore, questa è la vita / Salvatore, this is life (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2006)

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The Italian film, Salvatore, questa è la vita / Salvatore, this is life (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2006) (90 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 1st February 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Sara Andrade, final year student, BA Modern Languages (Spanish, Portuguese & Italian). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.
Read more…

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28/01/2016

Next CLLEAR seminar: “L2 Classroom Interactional Competence and Teacher Development”

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The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 from 4:00-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “L2 Classroom Interactional Competence and Teacher Development” and will be delivered by Professor Steve Walsh from Newcastle University. All welcome for the seminar and discussion! Read more…

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26/01/2016

Study shows some brains are simply not wired for language learning

The Telegraph has reported on a recent study by researchers at McGill University in Canada suggesting that some people “have brains that are not wired for linguistic skills”. According to the study’s findings, it is possible to use brain scans to predict which learners will have greater success in their language learning.

To find out more, visit the Telegraph website.

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25/01/2016

Italian film showing today: Io sono Li / Shun Li and the Poet (Andrea Segre, 2011)

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The Italian film, Io sono Li / Shun Li and the Poet (Andrea Segre, 2011) (93 minutes, in Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 25 January 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Laura Nera and Gordon Baxter. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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