Modern Languages Open: A peer-reviewed open access platform

Modern Languages Open (MLO) is a peer-reviewed platform, published by Liverpool University Press in partnership with the University of Liverpool Library, hosting the open access publication of research from modern languages for a global audience. The platform includes sections on Chinese/Asian languages; French and Francophone; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian; Portuguese and Lusophone; and Russian and Eastern European Languages.

For further information, visit the Modern Languages Open website.

MOOC ‘Understanding Language’ hits the 100,000 learner mark

The free online course ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’, coordinated jointly by Modern Languages and the British Council, closed its second, successful run last week. This run of the course recruited 41,271 learners and this takes the total learners over both courses to 100,090. This recent course featured extra live sessions from staff in Modern Languages, and achieved a high level of learner-engagement with course tasks and activities.

The course offers a taster of the University’s Online MA in English Language Teaching. For further information about the Online MA in English Language Teaching, visit the Humanities website and for details of future runs of the MOOC, keep an eye on the course FutureLearn page.

Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) Toluca


Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a group of academics from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) Toluca who are studying with us for 1 week beginning Monday 18 May through to Friday 22 May 2015. The UAEM delegates will be attending a course in “Teaching and Learning through the medium of English” at Avenue Campus.

We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us! The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

Learn a new modern language this summer!


Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton is offering intensive modern language courses during the summer of 2015. These 15 hour courses are aimed at learners with no knowledge of the language, who would like to develop survival skills in everyday situations for business or leisure travel. The languages available are French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish and Japanese.

The next set of evening classes will begin at the end of June. To find out more information about these courses, including how to book your place online, visit the Lifelong Learning website.

ePortfolio Self-Development Study MOOC to be launched

The Europortfolio community has announced the launch of the “ePortfolio Self-Development Study” MOOC on the EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) platform. Starting on 15 June 2015, this free MOOC will be offered in three languages (English, Spanish and Polish) and is aimed at different audiences such as learners, teachers, employers, governmental administrators or professional bodies interested in implementing an ePortfolio for the first time or who are interested in enhancing their current practices.

For further information about the MOOC, including how to sign up, visit the EMMA website.

2015 online pre-sessional course launched

Pre-sessional Boarding PassThe eLanguages team in Modern Languages has launched this year’s online pre-sessional course this week with a large cohort of participating international students who are studying English for Academic Purposes (EAP), in particular academic reading and writing skills, in preparation for this year’s Pre-sessional Course A. There are three tutored classes. From Modern Languages, Charlotte Everitt is Course Coordinator and online tutor, and Andrew Davey is Platform Manager, and there are two other experienced online tutors working on the course.

With over eighty posts on the course already, and discussions flowing, this promises to be a busy but successful online course.

To find out more about our online pre-sessional courses, visit the online courses section of the eLanguages website.

Modern Languages Mexican PhD student receives British Council Assessment Research Award


Modern Languages PhD student Elsa Fernanda Gonzalez has recently received a British Council Assessment Research Award, under the British Council’s 2015 Assessment Research Awards and Grants Scheme.

Fernanda’s dissertation topic is: “Exploring inter-rater and intra-rater reliability and validity of Mexican EFL raters´ assessment in Mexican Public Universities.”

Our congratulations go to Fernanda on this excellent achievement!