Modern Languages singers participate in University of Southampton Voices performance

University of Southampton Voices performing at St Michael's Church, Southampton
Earlier this month, a number of staff from Modern Languages at Southampton participated with colleagues and students in a performance by the University of Southampton Voices, the University’s community choir, led by Harvey Brough.

A blog post written by choir member Rachel van Besouw gives an account of the experience. Read more…

Which languages did Jesus speak?

The BBC has reported on current debates around the language(s) that Jesus would have spoken.

Whilst several languages were used in the places where Jesus lived, many believe that Aramaic would have been his first language, whilst Hebrew would have been used to respond to scholarly questions. He may also have known some Greek.

To read the article in full, visit the article page on the BBC website.

‘Contemporary Central and South-East European Cinema in Transition’ – Postgraduate symposium tomorrow

A one-day postgraduate symposium on ‘Contemporary Central and South-East European Cinema in Transition’ will take place tomorrow, Friday 23rd May 2014 from 10:00-18:00 in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton. Read more…

Free pre-arrival course for international students takes off!

Get Ready for Southampton banner

650 international student participants from 93 countries have already joined our free online course ‘Get Ready for Southampton’ and are busy making friends and finding out what life and study will be like in the UK before they come. This highly successful course is now in its fourth year and is open from mid-April until early October. By October we hope to have beaten last year’s record number of 2553 participants!

The course is free to all international students who are coming to Southampton in the autumn or just interested in a course of study with us. If you are an international student and would like to take the course, find out more here.

Brazilian language students learn English online with retirees

The Independent has reported on a scheme in a Brazilian language school, which is helping students to improve their English by linking up with elderly Americans online. Some unlikely friendships have developed between the young Brazilian learners and the American retirees, many of whom live lonely lives in retirement homes.

To find out more about the scheme, read the full article on the Independent website.

New issue of University of Southampton International English newsletter published

The second issue of the University of Southampton’s quarterly newsletter, International English, has been published 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. Read more…

English as a Medium for Administration (EMA) course delegate interviewed about her experiences

Monica Roth from Malmö UniversityMonica Roth from Malmö University, Sweden, who attended the ‘English as a Medium for Administration’ (EMA) week-long course at the University of Southampton last month, has been interviewed about the role of English in her institution and her experiences at Southampton. Read more…