Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “English as a Lingua Franca in Asia: Suggestions for ELT/ELF Policy and Pedagogy”


The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “English as a Lingua Franca in Asia: Suggestions for ELT/ELF Policy and Pedagogy” and will be delivered by Andy Kirkpatrick from Griffith University. All welcome! Read more…

New MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and language teaching’ to be launched

Lancaster University is launching a new four-week MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and language teaching’, which will run from 20 April – 17 May 2015. Aimed at English language teachers, teachers of modern languages, teacher trainers, educators and trainee teachers, the course will enable its participants to reflect on how they can cater for the needs of students with dyslexia in the foreign/second language classroom. Participants will also explore a number of techniques, including new computer-assisted tools, which can be used to support students in the classroom.

To read more about the course and find out how to sign up, visit the FutureLearn website.

EMMA – multilingual access to European MOOCs

The EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) project team has recently published its March 2015 newsletter, providing an update on developments on the EMMA project, including a new round of MOOCs launched in February, and updates to the platform.

The EMMA initiative is a 30 month pilot project supported by the EU, aiming to provide a system for the online delivery of MOOCs in multiple languages from different European universities. EMMA is the product of a partnership between 12 leading European universities and companies.

For further information about the EMMA project, and to read a summary of the March newsletter, visit the EMMA website.

Get Ready for Southampton 2015 launches!

Get Ready for Southampton banner

Yesterday the eLanguages team in Modern Languages launched the 2015 edition of the free online course Get Ready for Southampton. This course aims to show what life and study is like for international students at the University of Southampton, and provides an opportunity for students to network prior to arrival. There are already over 60 students from 23 different countries participating in the course. This is the fifth time this course has been run, and so far it has been used by over 8800 prospective international students.

The course is free to all international students who are coming to Southampton or just interested in a course of study with us. If you are an international student and would like to take the course, find out more on the Get Ready for Southampton website.

Intercultural Connections Southampton Conference


Don’t forget to book your free place for the Intercultural Connections Southampton Conference, taking place on Tuesday 28th April 2015 from 9:00-16:30 in Garden Court, Highfield Campus. The conference, part of the Intercultural Connections Southampton project, will provide opportunities for students and staff to share intercultural and international experiences and research; develop new ideas to improve intercultural and international experiences for all; and network and form collaborations across the University.

For further details about the conference, including information on keynote speakers, and how to book your free place visit Eventbrite.

Report on current climate for language teaching

The BBC has reported on findings from a report by the CfBT Education Trust and the British Council, which highlights the current “difficult climate” in England’s schools for language teaching. In particular, the report notes the low uptake of language GCSEs and A-levels as areas for concern. In terms of more positive developments, the report also found continued growth in language teaching in primary schools, with around half of primary schools now allowing pupils to study languages at Key Stage 1.

To read the article in full, visit the BBC website. The full report can be downloaded from the CfBT website.

New ‘CLIL’ MOOC launched

The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has launched a four-week MOOC running from 4 May to 8 June 2015 for anyone interested in learning to create content-rich lessons using Clilstore, a dedicated CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) authoring tool.

For further details about the MOOC, including a description of its content, and information on how to sign up, visit the UPV website.

Seminar today: ‘Transnational political consultancy and nation-making in Latin America: The case of the Spaniard José Joaquín de Mora’

History seminar

Modern Languages students and staff may be interested in attending today’s History Seminar Series seminar, at 1pm in Room 2115, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Transnational political consultancy and nation-making in Latin America: The case of the Spaniard José Joaquín de Mora’ and will be led by Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers from the University of Winchester. All welcome!

Italian film showing today: Sole a catinelle / Buckets full of Sunshine (Gennaro Nunziante, 2013)

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The Italian film, Sole a catinelle / Buckets full of Sun (Gennaro Nunziante, 2013), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6:30pm on Monday 16 March 2015. This is the last film of the season! Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…