Digital Literacies Toolkit launched

Yesterday eLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton launched a Digital Literacies Toolkit – a set of interactive resources to help students explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and develop good practice in the use of social software and the internet. The toolkit can be accessed and used by anyone.

Modern Languages expertise recognised

Five lecturers from the University’s Faculty of Humanities, including four from Modern Languages, have been recognised for their achievements in education. Dr Veronica Spencer (Film), Ali Dickens (LLAS) and Julie Watson (eLanguages) have been awarded Senior Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Kate Borthwick (LLAS) and Erika Corradini (LLAS) are now Fellows.

Professor Mike Kelly appointed ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’

Professor Mike Kelly from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton has been appointed a ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French government. This is in recognition of his contribution to promoting French language and culture in particular and language diversity more generally.

New Community Languages Trust established

A new charitable trust has been established to safeguard and improve community-based language teaching in the Southampton and wider-Hampshire area. The Community Languages Trust held its first AGM on Sunday 9th June at which ten trustees were elected and the constitution was formally adopted. The Trust will work in close collaboration with the City Council to ensure that community language classes continue, that teachers receive professional development training, and that quality and safety standards are maintained and enhanced.

Introduction to linguistics website

A first-year linguistics student from the University of Sheffield has created the website, supported by staff in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. The website formed part of the students assessment and aims to share the knowledge about linguistics with anyone outside the University who is interested in language and its study, especially A-Level students thinking of studying linguistics at University.