Bookings now open for Modern Languages evening courses starting in January


Booking is now open for a new series of Modern Languages Lifelong Learning courses starting in January. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese. The courses on offer are ‘b’ courses, which follow on from 20 hours of previous study (so are not suitable for beginners).

To find out more about the language stages, pricing and to book your place, visit the Lifelong Learning website.

Practise your vocabulary with Freerice

Language learners may be interested in the free online non-profit game Freerice, which allows you to test your vocabulary in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Latin. For each item that is guessed correctly, Freerice donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP). Donations from the site are used to purchase rice locally, both feeding people in need and stimulating local economies.

The site has already raised enough rice to feed over 1.5 million people for a day and is used by individual users and by teachers in schools, to help students improve their vocabulary. Find out more on the Freerice website, on Twitter or on Facebook.

ML ELearning Group pre-Christmas meeting

ML elearning group

The Modern Languages eLearning Group at the University of Southampton held a pre-Christmas informal meeting on Monday 14th December over coffee and mince pies to share elearning projects and research. Several members of the group demonstrated their latest work, and topics covered included the Skills 4 Business blended learning course (Sarah Winspear); using apps such as Quizlet to support vocabulary learning (Bianca Belgiorno); student-made videos for MLang modules (Adriana Patino); using Articulate for library training resources (Laura Diez-Cobo); a preview of the SoGerman website launching in early 2016 (Patrick Stevenson) and Smartskills – Independent Learning blended learning modules for international students (Vanessa Mar Molinero).

This meeting provided a small sample of elearning activity currently being undertaken by Modern Languages staff. Staff contribute new blog posts regularly about their work and these can be found in the ML eLearning Group blog.

Intercultural Connections Southampton lunchtime seminar

The Intercultural Connections Southampton Project will be hosting a seminar entitled ‘Internationalisation of the Curriculum: What does it mean for your discipline and in the classroom?’, taking place on Thursday 14th January 2016 from 12:00 to 13:00 in Building 34, Room 1020.

This seminar will have a practical orientation, providing an opportunity to explore and discuss key aspects of Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC). It is aimed at all staff, including PGR students, with an interest in the field, and will be led by Elise Nichols, an experienced lecturer in International Business, who will briefly present the theoretical context of IoC as it relates to her doctoral research project.

To register for this event, please email

Future Modern Languages students to visit the University

Get Ready for Languages

A further group of future Modern Languages students are participating in a visit day on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at the Avenue Campus to meet Modern Languages staff and students, and find out more about Modern Languages study at Southampton.

Our visitors 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 and hope you enjoy your time here!

New scheme from Welsh universities to tackle language learning decline

The BBC has reported on a new scheme being launched by four universities, aimed at tackling the decline in language learning in schools. In this pilot initiative, funded through the Global Futures programme, undergraduate students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea will be providing coaching and mentoring support to school pupils to help them improve their language skills.

To read more about this project, visit the BBC website.

Joint TNS and Archaeology seminar: ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’


A joint Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) and Archaeology seminar will be taking place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015, in Room 1173, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’ and will be presented by Dr Rodney Harrison, Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies at University College London and Director of the Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage research programme. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

How does heritage make the future? From nuclear waste in Sweden to global endangered languages, from a frozen genetic ‘Ark’ in Nottingham to the global seed vault in Arctic Norway, and from ‘rewilded’ landscapes in Portugal to paper-based archives in Paris, Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage (AAFH) aims to develop a broad, international and cross-sectoral comparative framework for understanding ‘heritage’ not as a domain which is concerned with the past, but rather as a series of heterogeneous yet distinctive practices oriented towards assembling (alternative) futures. This paper introduces this collaborative research project, which involves a team of 10 researchers, 3 PhD students and 21 international partner organisations, and aims to show how its broad themes relate to some of the most pressing ecological, social and political issues of our time.

Save the date for the next Routes into Languages employability webinar


The next Routes into Languages webinar will take place on Friday 15th January 2016. Similar to the previous two webinars “Routes into language teaching” and “Working as a translator or Interpreter : Ask the Experts!“, the webinar will aim to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel. The discussions can be followed on Twitter at #RoutesLive.

This webinar is one of a series of webinars launched by Routes into Languages covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity. Watch this space for further details about the webinar to follow shortly!