Monthly Archives: February 2013

Residence Abroad, Social Networks and Second Language Learning conference: 10th – 12th April 2013

The University’s Centre for Applied Language Research will be hosting its ‘Residence Abroad, Social Networks and Second Language Learning’ conference from 10th – 12th April 2013 at the University of Southampton.

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CALR lecture tomorrow: The mortality of Hindustani: Can there be an Indian national language?

The next CALR lecture is taking place on Wednesday 27th February 2013 from 5.00 – 6.30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton.

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Italian film showing today: La stella che non c’è (2006)

The Italian film, La stella che non c’è (Gianni Amelio, 2006) will be showing in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 25th February 2013.

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British Academy report on the state of languages

The British Academy published its latest report entitled “Languages: The State of the Nation, Demand and Supply of Language Skills in the UK” on 14th February 2013.

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Languages in the 2014 National Curriculum

On 7th February, the government announced its latest thinking on the National Curriculum / GCSE reform. Studying a foreign language will become compulsory in Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11), and will continue to be compulsory in Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14), but will now continue to be optional in Key Stage 4.

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Next TNS seminar on 20th February 2013

The next TNS seminar will take place on Wednesday 20th February at 5pm in Room 1097, Avenue Campus. The speaker is Professor Mary Orr and her title is: “‘Nineteenth-Century French/Modern Language Studies, ‘pure’ and ‘applied? The Case of Sarah Bowdich (Lee), 1781-1856’ “. All welcome!

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Italian film showing today: La prima cosa bella (2010)

The Italian film, La prima cosa bella (Paolo Virzì, 2010) will be showing in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 18th February 2013. A review, introduction and discussion will be led by Laura Nera.

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Languages mapped: what do people speak where you live?

The 2011 census reveals the main language spoken in 34,753 ‘output areas’ across England Wales, each of 1,500 people. While only 0.3% of the population cannot speak English, 4m people do not speak it as their main language. This map shows the country’s patchwork quilt of languages.

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UCAS application statistics for 2013: languages still in decline

UCAS has published the applications statistics for the 2013 round showing an increase on last year overall. However there is a continued (though slightly reduced) decrease in applications for languages. read more at http://www.ucml.ac.uk/news/163

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Newly translated publication from Jenny Jenkins

The book by Southampton Global Englishes specialist Prof Jennifer Jenkins “English as a Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity” (OUP, 2007) has just been published in Chinese by the prestigious Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.

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