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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


25th EuroCALL conference to be held at Southampton in 2017!


The 25th EuroCALL conference will be hosted by Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, 23-26 August 2017. EuroCALL is the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning and it has been supporting and developing research and good practice in the use of technology for language teaching and learning for over 25 years.

We are very excited to be hosting EuroCALL’s conference at Southampton. It will be a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and experience about the use of technology in language learning and teaching with colleagues worldwide. We are looking forward to welcoming delegates from Europe and beyond, encouraging inspiring debate, sharing ideas and making new friends. Watch this space for news of our preparations over the year ahead.

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Modern Languages launches Southampton German Festival

German Festival

The Department of Modern Languages at Southampton has teamed up with the Winchester Poetry Festival and the Phoenix Film Theatre for its forthcoming ‘Southampton German Festival’, which aims to introduce different facets of contemporary ‘German’ culture through an exciting range of cultural activities, catering for different tastes and including family friendly activities.

Activities in October include a Viennese Bake-Off, acting workshops, waltzing lessons, German language tasters and much more! During the festival, Modern Languages will also be launching its student website SoGerman, created by Erasmus+ trainees from the University of Münster in collaboration with staff and students in Modern Languages. The website is aimed at school and college students, and is designed to help students develop an interest in German language and culture, as part of the national Think German Network Initiative.

To read more about the Southampton German Festival and to view the flyer and festival programme, visit the Humanities website.

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Southampton Language Exchange event this week!

Southampton Language Exchange

Modern Languages and Erasmus students may be interested in joining the first social event organised by the Southampton Language Exchange this Tuesday 27th September from 7pm-10pm in the American Bar (SUSU Building on Highfield Campus).

Every Tuesday over 100 people from all over the world get together at these social events to practise their languages and make new friends. Students are invited to chat and socialise in a different language and help others practise the languages they speak. This is a great way to relax and meet other students from different parts of the world.

For more information about this event, visit the Southampton Language Exchange Facebook page. Further details about the Southampton Language Exchange can be found here.

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Welcome to our new Modern Languages students!

Modern Languages

We welcome all of our new Modern Languages students who are arriving this weekend 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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Professor Roumyana Slabakova to give Inaugural Lecture


Professor Roumyana Slabakova, Chair of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be giving her Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 27th October 2016 at 18:00 at the University’s Avenue Campus. The talk, entitled ‘The Bottleneck Hypothesis of Second Language Acquisition’, will discuss second language acquisition as a cognitive process. The Bottleneck Hypothesis identifies which parts of the new grammar are difficult to acquire and need extra attention and practice in the classroom. Tea and coffee will be served from 17:30 and the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

To book a place at this event, please register before 20th October. For further details about this event visit the Modern Languages website.

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New Italian film season launching soon!

Italian Film Programme - Autumn 2016Modern Languages’ new Italian film season will begin on Monday 10th October 2016 with a showing of Il segreto di Santa Vittoria (Stanley Kramer, 1969) in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm.

The autumn season promises an inspiring selection of films covering different genres and subject matters, mostly fairly recent but also including a few great films of the past. All films are introduced in Italian by a tutor, a student or a guest speaker, and are followed by a brief discussion (in Italian and English). Most of the films have English subtitles, and some have Italian subtitles (see those marked with an asterisk on the programme).

Keep an eye on the Languages at Southampton blog for weekly updates!

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An exciting year ahead!

Languages at Southampton As the summer moves into the busy autumn ahead, we wanted to give a quick taster of some of the exciting events within the department over the coming months – here’s a summary of just a few:
• Freshers’ Week starts on Monday 26th September, and returning students will be back from 3rd October
• Visit days for applicants will be running throughout autumn and spring
• There will be a new Italian Film season starting in the autumn
• The SoGerman Festival will be running from 8th-22nd October

You can find out more about these events right here on Languages at Southampton!

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‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ MOOC to be relaunched in October

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Modern Languages at Southampton will be relaunching the University of Southampton MOOC, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ on Monday 17 October. This four-week course introduces participants to the field of second language learning, considering language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and exploring the uses of technology in teaching. The MOOC will also provide a taster of the Online MA in English Language Teaching, a joint course from the University of Southampton and the British Council.

For further information about the MOOC, including details of how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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Potential future Modern Languages students to attend University Open Days

Get Ready for Languages

Hundreds of potential future Modern Languages students will be visiting the University of Southampton on Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 4th September 2016 for the University of Southampton Open Days.

Visitors to Modern Languages may be interested to take a look at Get Ready for Languages, an online resource which aims to guide you to useful information about 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!

Why not also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs, to keep updated on Modern Languages news and events.

We welcome all of our Open Day visitors to the University and hope you enjoy your time with us!

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Intercultural Connections Southampton to host free events in September

Intercultural Connections Southampton

Intercultural Connections Southampton will be hosting two free events for staff (including PGR students) in September:

Seminar on working interculturally
A seminar on working interculturally will take place on Monday 19th September from 10:00-13:00 in Building 85, Room 2207. During this seminar, results of the Staff Survey will be presented, specifically in relation to the international and intercultural aspects of working at the University. The seminar aims to generate constructive ideas on how the experience of intercultural working can be improved. Spaces are limited for this event, so please register by Wednesday 14th September on Eventbrite.

International Staff Café
On Wednesday 21st September from 14:00-16:00, the first International Staff Café of the academic year will take place in the Nuffield Kitchen. The event will be opened by colleagues from the Intercultural Connections Southampton Project (ICS), in collaboration with Julie Reeves from the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD). There will also be informal talks from Keith Johnstone (the new Director of International Relations and Development) and Aline Giordano (Doctoral College Manager). The International Staff Café welcomes all staff, wherever you are from, however long you have been at the University and whatever your role is. Book your place via Eventbrite before 16th September.

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