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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

19/08/2016

Ab initio language courses for new Modern Languages students

Modern Languages

New Modern Languages students may be interested in our accelerated ab initio language courses in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish which, assuming you start in year 1 and continue throughout your degree, may allow you to reach graduate level by the end of your degree course in your new language.

On some of our BA degree programmes, doing this will give you the opportunity to spend your year abroad in the country where this new language is spoken. The year aboard, wherever you decide to go, will be an important part of your experience. This short video was created to show students the benefits of studying Italian and spending their year abroad in Italy.

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18/08/2016

A-Level results for new Southampton Modern Languages students

Get Ready for Languages

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, 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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Kate Borthwick receives Vice-Chancellor’s Award

Kate

Kate Borthwick from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton has received an individual award for internationalisation as part of the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. The awards celebrate exceptional contributions made by colleagues in the areas of collegiality, quality, internationalisation and sustainability.

Receiving her award, Kate said: ‚ÄúThis is fantastic and I am really honoured to receive this award. The fact that I was nominated by the people I work with everyday makes me very proud and I consider myself very lucky to have such lovely and generous colleagues.”

Kate explained: ‚ÄúInternationalisation is not just about drawing a more international cohort to study with us at Southampton, it is also about reaching out to the world. The MOOCs which I have worked on do this tremendously well by taking our people, our research and our teaching to a wide and diverse international audience. For example, through the course ‚ÄėUnderstanding Language‚Äô, our academic staff have gained thousands of new learners ‚Äď in an instant.‚ÄĚ

Congratulations Kate for your award! To read more visit the University blog.

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10/08/2016

20th Anniversary discount on Humanities postgraduate taught courses for 2016/17

Avenue Campus

To celebrate 20 years of Humanities at Avenue Campus, the University of Southampton is offering a 20th Anniversary discount on all postgraduate taught courses for entry in 2016/17. A 10% discount (15% for alumni of the University) will be available to all students applying for entry to a postgraduate taught course in Humanities subjects in 2016/17.

For further details on the discount and how to apply for it, visit the Humanities website.

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09/08/2016

Multilingualism shown to have health benefits

The Guardian has reported this week on research suggesting that speaking more than one language brings many health benefits, including faster recovery from strokes and delayed onset of dementia. To read the article, visit the Guardian website.

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08/08/2016

British Council urges Britons to try Portuguese for the Olympics

British Council

The British Council has published an article urging Britons to “give Portuguese a go” for the Olympics Games. According to the article, British Council research has shown that Portuguese is “the sixth most important language for the UK’s future”. The British Council has also designed bilingual visitor handbooks to help visitors and athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

To read the article in full, visit the British Council website. You can also find out more on the BBC website.

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03/08/2016

Latin revived through cathedral courses

The Guardian has reported on an increase in the study of Latin through the introduction of classes in UK cathedrals. According to the article, the classes have “tapped into an unexpected enthusiasm for resuscitating a subject that many have considered to be “dead as dead can be”.” To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

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29/07/2016

Modern Languages student champions Rio 2016 Brazil rugby initiative

Rugby

Prospective and current Modern Languages students who are thinking about how they might spend their Year Abroad will be inspired to hear about Modern Languages student Andrew Turner’s Year Abroad activities.

Andrew is spending his Year Abroad in Brazil, working on a placement as Development Officer for Premiership Rugby (in partnership with the British Council, Jaguar Land Rover and SESI) on the Try Rugby Brazil project, using Rugby Union as a social tool in some of Brazil’s most deprived communities. Based in the State of Rio de Janeiro since June 2015, Andrew and his colleagues have had a particular focus on promoting the game prior to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Andrew explains: “Recently, I was invited to meet General Novaes from the Brazilian Army, to discuss implementing Rugby as a Sport within the AMAN Military Academy (Equivalent to Sandhurst). Next month I will be travelling for PR events with Team GB Rugby Sevens, who are currently training in Belo Horizonte, before further events back in Rio during the Games. As an advocate for language study, it is great to see Modern Languages prove, yet again, that it offers fantastic opportunities beyond the stereotypes of interpreting/translation work.

Sports wise, Brazilian children are naturally competitive, so it‚Äôs been great to see that modern coaching techniques such as using short snappy games go down well, as they constantly try their best, and aren‚Äôt afraid to use their imagination. It‚Äôs important to adapt the learning process to each participant, and in general, the beaming smiles are a giveaway that the session has been well-received. And while I‚Äôve seen a change in behaviour and ability in the children, my own outlook on life has certainly been influenced in similar ways. Brazil has been a fantastic professional, and indeed personal experience that I will take forward with me as new chapters in my life begin to unfold.”

Good luck with your continued work placement Andrew and we look forward to hearing updates on your experiences of Rio 2016!

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27/07/2016

Online MA in English Language Teaching application deadline this week

MA in ELT: Online

Are you a practising English Language Teacher? Are you looking for a flexible means of enhancing your teaching skills whilst you continue your teaching practice? If the answer is yes, and you are considering applying for the University of Southampton Online MA in English Language Teaching to start this September, make sure you get your application in before the deadline of Sunday 31st July 2016.

Teachers from all over the world can take this part-time (two and half years duration), five semester Masters degree programme, which is studied entirely online. Developed and delivered collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate level study in key areas of current theory and practice in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

You can find out more about the programme by visiting the Modern Languages website, and by following the Online MA in ELT on Twitter @MAELTonline.

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26/07/2016

Pre-sessional Course B begins this week

Plane

Hundreds of international students are arriving from all over the world this week to take part in Pre-sessional Course B in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Southampton beginning this week. We welcome all of our new students to the University!

For further information about the University’s pre-sessional courses, see the University website.

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