Monthly Archives: September 2014

Future potential Modern Languages students to attend University Open Days

Hundreds of future potential Modern Languages students will be visiting the University of Southampton on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September 2014 for the University Open Days.

Visitors to Modern Languages may be interested to take a look at Get Ready for Languages, an online resource which aims to guide you to useful information about life as a Modern Languages student at Southampton. You can read about staff in the Modern Languages department, discover what sorts of things Modern Languages students past and present are getting up to, and explore some of the modules you might decide to do. All this and more!

Why not also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs, to keep updated on Modern Languages news and events.

We welcome all visitors to the University over the next few days!

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Modern Languages staff to participate in LangOER webinar

Kate Borthwick from Modern Languages will be amongst contributors to the upcoming LangOER webinar entitled ‘Open Educational Resources for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how will we tackle them?’, taking place on Friday 19th September from 2-3pm. The webinar aims to explore the status of Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages in Europe, discuss some current strategic projects working on OER and finally consider how OER can be used as a resource in the teaching and learning of languages.

Teachers and students interested in OER can sign up for free. Find out more about the webinar and how to sign up for live video streaming here. You can also follow the webinar on Twitter using the hashtag #LangOER.

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New national curriculum makes languages compulsory from age five

The Telegraph has published an article discussing the introduction of a new national curriculum this week in primary schools, which is making languages compulsory for children aged five to seven. The new curriculum, which will also see the introduction of a new computing syllabus, has been designed to ‘stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries’.

To read the article, visit the Telegraph website.

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Last chance to book a place at the ASMCF annual conference!

Register now, before the booking deadline of Tuesday 2nd September, to secure your place at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), taking place at the University of Southampton from 9-11 September 2014.

For further details on the conference, including information on key note speakers and on how to register, visit the event page on the Modern Languages website.

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