TNS Seminar: Challenging research settings: gender, risk, and resistance


The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday 6th May 2015 in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The session is entitled ‘Challenging research settings: gender, risk, and resistance’ and will be led by Professor Helen Sampson from Cardiff University. All welcome! Read more…

Modern Languages Employability Gala

Students of Modern Languages are invited to the Modern Languages Employability Gala, taking place this Thursday 30 April 2015 in Lecture Theatre B and the café on Avenue Campus.

This will be a lively and informative event with something for everyone! For more information and to book your free place, contact Charlotte Medland on or via Facebook or Twitter @HumsEmployable. Read more…

Modern Languages staff to present at Intercultural Connections Southampton Conference

A number of Modern Languages staff will be presenting at the Intercultural Connections Southampton Conference, taking place on Tuesday 28th April 2015 from 9:00-16:30 in Garden Court, Highfield Campus.

Amongst the sessions, Julie Watson will be presenting on the following theme: “Get Ready for Southampton: a pre-arrival online transition course for all international students coming to the University of Southampton”. Designed and coordinated by the eLanguages team in Modern Languages, the 2015 version of this course is now live, with over 200 students already participating from 52 countries. Last year 2,500 students had participated in the course by the end of the summer. Read more…

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “Reconceptualising grammar for a pedagogy of Global Englishes”


The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 29th April 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Reconceptualising grammar for a pedagogy of Global Englishes” and will be delivered by Christopher J Hall from York St John University. All welcome! Read more…

University of Southampton Voices to perform ‘Requiem in Blue’ this Saturday


A number of staff from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be participating in the University community choir’s performance of ‘Requiem in Blue’, at St Michael’s Church in Bugle Street, Southampton, this Saturday 25 April 2015. The University of Southampton Voices will perform alongside Cantores Michaelis and Romsey Abbey Primary School. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Read more…

Future Modern Languages students visit the University today

Get Ready for Languages

Potential future Modern Languages students are participating in a visit day today 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! Read more…

‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ MOOC starts today

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

The University of Southampton/British Council MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ starts today (run through FutureLearn). This is the second run for this successful *FREE* online course, which has already attracted over 58,000 learners.

This time around, we already have over 30,000 people signed up from more than 115 countries, ready to watch our new live sessions and contribute our discussions. Read more…

Next ILC seminar: ‘The Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project: Unforeseen Impacts and Cross-Disciplinary Research’


The next Institute for Language and Culture (ILC) seminar will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 4:00-7:00pm in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘The Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project: Unforeseen Impacts and Cross-Disciplinary Research’ and will delivered by different speakers. All welcome to join the discussion!

New report presents language learning issues facing the UK

The Guardian has published an article discussing the ‘seven big language learning issues facing the UK’, highlighted in the recent ‘Living Languages’ report. The report presents some of the key areas of debate that have resulted from the two-year ‘Case for Language Learning’ project, undertaken by the Guardian and the British Academy, which aimed to explore the reasons for the UK’s shortage of foreign language skills.

To read the article, which includes a link to the Living Languages report, visit the Guardian website.

New Lifelong Learning Modern Languages evening classes to start

'Welcome' in different languagesIf you have recently taken the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Lifelong Learning language evening course, now is the perfect time to expand your skills! University of Southampton Lifelong Learning has launched its programme for the coming semester, to include language stage ‘C’ classes in a range of languages. Please note that these classes are not suitable for beginners – further beginners classes will begin in October 2015.

For further information on the Modern Languages Lifelong Learning programme, including how to sign up for classes and information on discounts available to University staff and students, visit the University’s Lifelong Learning pages.