Study Abroad Bloggers for Humanities

Six Study Abroad Bloggers, all undergraduate Southampton Humanities students currently on their third year abroad study/work placements, have been selected across a variety of Humanities disciplines. The bloggers will be writing about their experiences from the very beginning for their journey as they step into the unknown, right up until the end of their trips as they arrive back in Southampton in the summer of 2014. They will be offering advice for anyone who may be thinking of taking up a similar opportunity, and sharing their personal anecdotes and stories.

Conference on Open Educational Resources

Staff from the University of Southampton attended a one-day conference on open educational resources in modern foreign languages on Friday 20th September, at the University of Bristol. Kate Borthwick from LLAS gave the opening keynote address about her work at LLAS, exploring various aspects of open educational practice with different groups of language teachers in the UK. Alessia Plutino, Teaching Fellow in Italian, also showcased her online materials for Italian, a selection of which can be found on the LanguageBox.

New publication of Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom launched today!

Launched today – a new volume of case studies, which showcases some of the ways in which language practitioners in different settings are engaging with the concept of openness in language teaching and learning. Contributors include no less than five University of Southampton staff. The book covers: open tools for collaboration; sharing resources; sharing practices; collaborative learning and student-generated content; and learner autonomy. “Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom” is freely available for download.

Italian Film Club starting again this autumn

The University of Southampton Italian Film Club will start again this Autumn on Mondays in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6:30 p.m. Here’s an advance preview of the programme on offer:
7 ottobre – Johnny Stecchino (Roberto Benigni, 1991) – 122 minuti
14 ottobre – Un altro mondo (Silvio Muccino, 2010) – 110 minuti
21 ottobre – L’oro di Napoli (Vittorio De Sica, 1954) – 133 minuti
28 ottobre – Io e te (Bernardo Bertolucci, 2013) – 88 minuti
4 novembre – Ciao Professore! (Lina Wertmuller, 1992) – 95 minuti
11 novembre – Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988) – 117 minuti
18 novembre – Tutta la vita davanti (Paolo Virzì, 2008) – 117 minuti
25 novembre – Una famiglia perfetta (Paolo Genovese, 2012) – 120 minuti

Lifelong Learning open evening

The Lifelong Learning team at the University of Southampton are running an opening evening from 18:30 to 20:30 on Wednesday 4th September. As well as showcasing the wide range of language courses available, the evening will be a chance to sign up for courses, and to find out more about the language stages on offer.

For more details please see the Lifelong Learning Open Evening website.