Merry Christmas from Languages at Southampton!

christmas_tree Wishing all followers of our Languages at Southampton blog: students, staff and friends of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014!

Our congratulations also go to the Humanities Finance Office (see images) who are competing with other offices across the University for the title of best decorated office! (They get our vote, but then we’re biased! :-)).

Please continue to follow us in the New Year to keep up-to-date about all Modern Languages events and language-related news.

University of Southampton launches new International English newsletter

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton has recently launched the first edition of its new quarterly newsletter, International English. Produced by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), the newsletter is designed for academics across the world who are using English professionally, whether teaching their discipline in English, or using English to promote their research at conferences.

Funding for new postgraduate studentships in Modern Languages announced

The University of Southampton’s Faculty of Humanities has recently announced a range of studentships in Modern Languages and in other Arts and Humanities subjects, to be funded through the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

New English for Academic Study (EAS) website launched at University of Southampton

Victoria Rowe and colleagues from the English language section in Modern Languages and Professional Services have recently launched a new English for Academic Study (EAS) website. It features our year-long pre-sessional course, which has recently been modified to become a three-part programme.

Register now for the University of Southampton E-Learning Symposium 2014!

With 2014 fast approaching, don’t forget to sign up for the 9th annual LLAS (Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies) E-Learning Symposium 2014, from 23rd to 24th January 2014, which promises to be an exciting and packed event! Delegates can benefit from an Early Bird discount by registering by Friday 20th December 2013. Registration closes on Monday 20th January 2014.

Free online videos for English language teachers’ professional development

Modern Languages lecturer, Dr Julia Hüttner, has recently completed a project funded by the Higher Education Academy to produce a series of lesson recordings, with 16-18 year olds at a sixth form college in Hampshire and also of classes with international students at the University of Southampton.

Local Voices: Southampton Lives and Languages Study Day

Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton will be holding a one-day cultural event on Saturday 29th March 2014, entitled, ‘Local Voices: Southampton Lives and Languages’. This study day will consist of a series of short talks led by experts from within Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, and will explore multilingualism in Southampton, providing an opportunity for participants to learn and engage in discussion about the voices of Southampton from academics of international distinction.

Guardian highlights the importance of languages for diplomacy and national security

The Guardian has reported on some of the main issues that emerged from an online discussion about why languages are important for diplomacy and national security. In the recent live chat, a panel of experts engaged in debate, with discussion focusing on five key themes: the need for languages in diplomacy and national security; the scale of the threats posed if the UK’s language problem is not addressed; fluency vs. functionality; the cost of language training; and the American perspective.