Monthly Archives: July 2013

Welcome to pre-sessional B students and tutors!

Lots more international students will be arriving this weekend in readiness for our second pre-sessional course starting on Monday. Welcome to all students and tutors who will be teaching them at the University of Southampton!

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Modern Languages welcomes new Chair in Applied Linguistics

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton has recently welcomed a new Chair in Applied Linguistics, Professor Roumyana Slabakova, to the department. Professor Slabakova’s research and teaching expertise focuses on syntax, pragmatics, and the second language acquisition process. In particular, she uses online and offline psycholinguistic methodologies to investigate issues relating to bilingual and multilingual grammar.

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UCAS statistics reveal languages decline

The Times Higher Education has reported on new research revealing that the proportion of 18 year olds applying for non-European language degrees has fallen by more than a third in three years.

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Singing in a foreign language helps people learn to speak it

The BBC has reported on a study conducted by researchers at Edinburgh University, which found that singing in a foreign language can help people recall phrases with greater accuracy.

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Digital Literacies Toolkit: Scooped, blogged, favourited and retweeted last week!

The Digital Literacies Toolkit, which was launched recently by the eLanguages team, is starting to make an impact through social networks. Since launch, this free set of learning resources has been shared through Scoop.it, personal blogs and Twitter, and has received over 2,000 visits so far.

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New Lifelong Learning languages courses announced for 2013/2014

Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton has announced an expanded programme for the coming academic year, including a range of languages evening classes to suit all abilities from complete beginner to advanced conversationalist.

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WorldCALL2013 starts tomorrow

The WorldCALL2013 Conference starts tomorrow in Glasgow. WorldCALL aims to enhance computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in the global community by bringing together language educators in higher education around the world. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Sustainability and CALL’. Colleagues from Modern Languages at Southampton will be attending and presenting on e-learning initiatives at the conference.

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Language Clubs starting October

Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton is launching a new Language Club scheme, designed for language enthusiasts (French, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and English Language) who are keen to improve their existing language skills.

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New Integrated Masters programme in Languages (MLang)

From September 2013, new Southampton Modern Languages students will have the option to take a four year Integrated Masters. This is a new and distinctive programme which will run in parallel to the University’s BA Modern Languages programmes. The MLang leads to a full Masters award and offers the same choice and flexibility as the BA programmes together with a full year abroad. It also has the same funding options.

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Future potential Modern Languages students to attend University Open Days

Hundreds of future potential Modern Languages students will be visiting the University of Southampton on Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July for the University Open Days. Across all disciplines, around 10,000 visitors are expected in total on Friday and 12,000 on Saturday.

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