Language teachers – 2014 EUROCALL proceedings now available

Language teachers may be interested in reading these latest studies about technology in the context of language teaching. The articles from the 2014 EUROCALL (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning) proceedings are now available in the form of an open e-publication as individual downloadable PDFs. The complete proceedings can also be purchased as a paperback.

Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM)

Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a group of academics from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) who will be studying with us for one week from Monday 15 December through to Friday 19 December 2014. The UAEM delegates will be attending a course in “Teaching and Learning through the medium of English” at Avenue Campus.

We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us! The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

Mexsu seminar today: “Ayotzinapa: Human Rights and Violence in Mexico”


Mexsu (Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration) will be hosting a seminar today, 10 December 2014, at 3pm in Room 1007, Building 67, Highfield Campus. The seminar is being held in response to the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, and to mark Human Rights Day. Speakers include María De Vecchi Gerli (Institute of the Americas, UCL) and Ella McPherson (ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Research Associate of the Centre for Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge). All welcome!

For further details about this event, visit the Mexsu website.

New online platform for finding and comparing language courses launched, a new online platform that aims to help prospective language learners globally to search for, compare and select language courses that correspond to their needs, has recently been launched through a partnership between the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) at the University of Southampton, StudyPortals and Linguaid, as part of the Hello! Home of European Language Learning Opportunities project. Read more…

International Staff Café Christmas Celebration

University of Southampton staff are invited to the International Staff Café Christmas Celebration, taking place on Thursday 18 December from 16:30 to 17:45 in the Nuffield Theatre Kitchen (café).

This event will provide international staff with the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues, find out how things work in the UK, and/or discuss pedagogic and practical issues. There will also be representatives from the University’s Human Resources department available to answer any HR related queries.

Find out more and book a place here.

‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ MOOC numbers reach over 57,000

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Now in its third week, the FutureLearn MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’, a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the British Council, currently has over 57,000 people registered.

The topics each week are continuing to attract lively discussions with a wide range of language learners and teachers around the world sharing their thoughts and experiences. The MOOC is also providing participants with a taster of the online MA in English Language Teaching, a joint course from the University of Southampton and the British Council.

For further information, and to sign up for the remaining part of the MOOC, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

Next CLLEAR seminar: “Measurement Principles and Language Facts”

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 10 December 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Measurement Principles and Language Facts” and will be delivered by Professor John De Jong, Senior VP Global Assessment Standards at Pearson, Professor of Language Testing at VU University Amsterdam, and Programme Director of Framework Development for PISA 2015 and 2018. All welcome!

New PAL (Pay, Access and Learn) portal launched by eLanguages today

eLanguages Pay, Access and LearnThe new PAL (Pay, Access and Learn) portal, which will enable individual learners to choose and then licence sets of interactive online learning resources at low cost for periods of either one or three months, is being launched today by the eLanguages team in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. Designed for learners already studying EAP (English for Academic Purposes) or preparing to apply for university courses in the UK, each set of ten learning resources provides at least six hours of activity-based learning, with sets currently available including basic and more advanced skills in academic writing and vocabulary for study purposes. Online renewal or licence extension is easy and can be done at anytime from anywhere.

Visit the PAL website for further details, including a complete list of available resource sets.

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “A Squash and a Squeeze: Timetabling ELF in teacher training courses”

The next Centre for Global Englishes seminar will take place on Wednesday 3 December from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “A Squash and a Squeeze: Timetabling ELF in teacher training courses” and will be delivered by Dr Martin Dewey (King’s College London), a leading researcher into English as a lingua franca-related pedagogy. All welcome! Read more…