The next seminar of the Latin American Studies Seminar Series will be taking place today, Wednesday 12 November 2014, from 16:00-17:30 in Room 1163, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar entitled ‘Economic Reporting in Brazil: An Ethnography of Valor Economico’s Newsroom’ will be presented by Tomas Undurraga (University of Cambridge, History/Sociology), who will be discussing his current research on Brazilian media. All welcome! Further information about Tomas’ research can be found here.
Many staff members from Modern Languages at Southampton have been involved in the development of the University of Southampton MOOC, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’, which will be launched next week, on Monday 17 November. This four-week course, which already has 27,000 subscribers, will introduce participants to the field of second language learning, consider language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and explore the uses of technology in teaching. The MOOC will also provide 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 about the MOOC, including details of how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.
The BBC has published an article about Maidu, a Native American language spoken by just a few remaining speakers in rural California. Many of those who know the language do not want to use it or pass it on as it is associated with “difficult times”.
Read the full article on the BBC website.
The Prepare for Success website for international students coming to study in the UK, created by the eLanguages team in Modern Languages, received its one millionth visit at around midday today!
It reached its half million mark in July 2012 and this achievement was highlighted in the PIE News.
The website hosts free learning resources for international students and teachers, answers to FAQs and a blog, and is visited by students from 227 countries from around the world.
According to a recent Guardian article, increasing numbers of school teachers believe that language teaching in schools needs to become more practical if student engagement and motivation with language learning are to be sustained. This is particularly the case currently in primary education where teachers are faced with the challenges of implementing a new curriculum of compulsory language teaching.
To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.
The Italian film, Uomini Contro / Many Wars Ago (Francesco Rosi, 1970), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 3 November 2014. Review, introduction and discussion by Dr Emilio Audissino. All welcome!