Monthly Archives: July 2014

Are there languages without words?

The Independent has published an article discussing languages that do not use words, in particular the whistle language of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. The language called ‘Silbo Gomero’ uses a variety of whistles with four ‘vowels’ and four ‘consonants’, that together form over four thousand ‘words’.

To read the article in full, visit the Independent website.

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Call for papers: Language Testing Forum 2014

Submissions for papers and posters are invited for the Language Testing Forum 2014, to be hosted by Modern Languages at the University of Southampton from 21-23 November 2014. This annual conference attracts scholars in language testing and practitioners in testing organisations both nationally and internationally. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Language Testing: Engaging multi-disciplinary perspectives’.

To find out more about the conference including how to submit a paper, visit the conference page on the University website. The deadline for submissions is 26 September 2014.

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Translation app launched by Welsh language theatre company

The Telegraph has reported on a new app launched by a Welsh language theatre company, designed to allow audiences to listen to its plays in other languages. The app is called Sibrwd (meaning Whisper in Welsh) and will allow audiences of the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to listen to lines from particular scenes through their headphones, an experience which is hoped to provide a more “fulfilling experience” for theatre-goers than subtitles.

To read the article in full, visit the Telegraph website.

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Students numbers grow on free pre-arrival online course

Get Ready for Southampton

Over 1,600 incoming and prospective international students are currently participating in Get Ready for Southampton, a free online course open between April and October, which enables participants to meet and make international friends, and get a taste for what life is like at the University of Southampton before coming to study. Read more…

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Presentations for Reshaping Languages in Higher Education conference now available

Following the highly successful Reshaping Languages in Higher Education conference, organised by the Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, earlier this month, a number of the presentation slides are now available online. To access these, visit the conference pages on the LLAS website.

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A new focus for modern languages A Levels

The Guardian has published an article discussing proposals to change the A Level curriculum for modern languages. Prompted by a recent report by the A Level Content Advisory Board (ALCB), which identified a need to revamp the way languages are taught at sixth form, the proposals focus on ‘reinvigorating passion for languages’.

To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

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Languages and the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Picture courtesy of Jimmy Harris, Flickr Commonwealth Games Marathon events (2006) Picture courtesy of Jimmy Harris, Flickr Commonwealth Games Marathon events (2006)

The 2014 Commonwealth Games begin tonight! The competitors, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries, include polyglots with several languages besides English in their repertoire. Many different languages are spoken by the c. 1.7 billion people across the Commonwealth of Nations, with 1635 spoken in India alone! Many will be represented at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, this year being held in Glasgow.

The Games start tonight with the official opening ceremony! Follow the action on the official Glasgow 2014 website.

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Welcome to our Pre-sessional Course B students and tutors!

This week, many more international students and pre-sessional tutors are arriving from all over the world in preparation for the start of Pre-sessional Course B next week. We welcome all these students and tutors to the University!

For further information about the University’s pre-sessional courses, visit the pre-sessional pages on the University website.

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LanguageBox: A resource for language teachers and students

Language TutorTeachers and students of languages who wish to share and access teaching and learning materials online may be interested in LanguageBox, an open repository that allows storing, sharing and managing language learning resources, created by the University of Southampton. Language students can also find helpful learning resources. Over 30 languages are represented in LanguageBox.

LanguageBox is free for anyone to use. To find out more, visit the LanguageBox website.

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Prepare for Success: free online learning resources for international students

Prepare for Success
International students who are about to begin studying in the UK and their teachers may find the study skills and EAP resources in Prepare for Success really useful. The resources on the Prepare for Success website, which was designed by the eLanguages team in Modern Languages here at Southampton, are free for anyone to use.

They include interactive learning activities about academic life in the UK, a frequently asked questions page, and a blog about study and life for international students in the UK. Prepare for Success is aimed at international students whose first language is not English and is suitable for students with an IELTS level between 5.5 and 7.5.

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