Centre for Global Englishes seminar: Intelligibility and Misunderstanding in ELF

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 5th March from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Intelligibility and Misunderstanding in ELF’, and will be led by David Deterding from the University of Brunei Darussalam. All welcome!

Recorded sessions now available from University of Southampton E-Learning Symposium 2014

For anyone who missed this year’s University of Southampton e-learning symposium, organised by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), a selection of recorded sessions are now available via our YouTube channel. Visit the LLAS YouTube playlist for further details.

Study online for an MA in English Language Teaching with the University of Southampton

Teachers from all over the world can take this part-time Masters degree programme, which is studied entirely online. Developed collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate level study in key areas of current theory and practice in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

Speaking languages may reduce the risk of dementia

According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, learning a second language may help delay dementia.

The study focused on 648 people from India who had been diagnosed with different types of dementia. Within this group, over half spoke at least two languages. The study found that those who spoke more than one language had developed their symptoms an average of four years later than those who spoke just one language.

To find out more, read the full article by Harvard Medical School.

Reshaping Languages in Higher Education conference: Call for papers

The seventh biennial conference on languages in higher education will be taking place at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, from 9-10 July 2014. Scholarly and research-informed papers are invited in relation to this theme from colleagues at all stages of their careers in both education and research-led roles. The deadline for the submission of papers is Friday 28 February 2014.

Workshop by Professor Ute Smit: “Methodological issues in longitudinal ELF research: Focus on educational settings”

Professor Ute Smit, currently visiting from the University of Vienna, will be delivering a workshop on Friday 21st February 2014 in Room 1097, Building 65, Avenue Campus on “Methodological issues in longitudinal ELF research: Focus on educational settings”. The workshop is aimed primarily at PhD students, but is also open to other interested researchers.

The Phoenix world cinema programme

Students and staff with an interest in modern languages and world cinema may be interested in the second semester programme of The Phoenix, Southampton’s long established film society, showing the best of world cinema. Films are screened weekly in the Southampton University Students’ Union Films Cinema, with English subtitles.

The Catalan film, Fenix 11.23 (Joel Joan and Sergi Lara, 2012) is being screened tonight, Wednesday 19th February 2014, at 7.30pm.

Hello! Home of European Language Learning Opportunities project

The Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) at the University of Southampton will be collaborating with StudyPortals and Linguaid on a new EU-funded project, Hello!, which aims to launch a new comprehensive pan-European database and search engine listing at least 2,000 courses covering all official EU languages. The database will also include a self-assessment wizard recommending courses that match the profiles of potential learners and a Multimedia Library offering videos, articles, interviews and 23 European language and culture spotlights.