Latin American Studies seminar today: ‘Economic Reporting in Brazil: An Ethnography of Valor Economico’s Newsroom’

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.

‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ – new MOOC starts next week

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

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.

Italian film showing today: L’amore è eterno finché dura (Carlo Verdone, 2004)

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The Italian film, L’amore è eterno finché dura (Carlo Verdone, 2004), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 10 November 2014. Review by Paola Visconti, introduction and discussion by Chris McCready, B.A. Language Learning (Spanish & Italian). All welcome!

Prepare for Success website receives its one millionth visit!

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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.

The case for more practical language teaching in schools

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.