Monthly Archives: July 2015

Technology to the rescue for students on their year abroad?

The Education Guardian recently reported on how technology is changing foreign study for students on their year abroad. Relating students’ personal stories, the article describes how the support of technologies such as Skype, Facebook and students’ smartphones whilst abroad has helped them to sort out a range out everyday language problems and combat occasional bouts of loneliness. However, it acknowledges that technology does not save students from the usual pitfalls and embarrassing moments encountered during their stay abroad.

To read the full article, visit the Education Guardian website.

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Welcome to our Pre-sessional Course B students and tutors!

This week, many more international students and pre-sessional tutors are arriving from all over the world in preparation for the start of Pre-sessional Course B next week. We welcome all these students and tutors to the University!

For further information about the University’s pre-sessional courses, visit the pre-sessional pages on the University website.

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Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod

nn_logoModern Languages is pleased to welcome a group of academics from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, who are studying with us for one week from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July 2015. The delegates are attending “TKT exam preparation” and “EMI English as a Medium of Instruction” courses. We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us!

The delegates will be in the Avenue café from 11:00 to 11:30 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

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Modern Languages students graduate today!

gradMany of our new graduates in Modern Languages are attending Summer Graduation today at the University of Southampton, and are graduating alongside other students from Humanities.

Many congratulations to all of our new graduates! Don’t forget you can keep in touch with the University via the Southampton Alumni Facebook page or on Twitter @UniSotonAlumni.

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Kenya: ‘the land of 68 languages’

The BBC has published a languages guide to Kenya, ‘the land of 68 languages’. Find out more and watch a short film about linguistic diversity in Kenya on the BBC website.

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Top 10 languages for the future

welcome200According to a recent British Council report, there are 10 languages that are vital for Britain’s future. Visit the Independent website to find out what these top 10 languages are.

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Live online chat today: Finding a graduate job abroad

Students looking for advice on finding work abroad may be interested in a live online chat session taking place today, Wednesday 8 July from 1-3pm. Panelists include Lizzie Fane, founder of, and Vicky McNeil-Kornevall, co-founder of, amongst other experts. Areas to be discussed during the live chat session include: how to find a job abroad; which countries have the best opportunities for graduates; the obstacles and challenges of working abroad; and what to think about before you travel.

Further information on the live chat, including how to participate, can be found on the Guardian website.

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The need for modern languages in the legal profession

The Guardian has published an article making the case for modern languages in the legal profession. According to the article, aspiring lawyers need language skills to set themselves apart from others.

To read the article, visit the Guardian website.

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Webinar on ‘Working as a translator or interpreter: ask the experts’ this week

routes_into_languages_live_smlRoutes into Languages is launching a new series of webinars on the topic of employability this week, with its first session taking place this Friday 10 July 2015 from 12:30 – 13:30. Entitled ‘Working as a translator or interpreter: ask the experts!’, the event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel of experts.

For further information on joining the webinar, visit the event page on the Routes into Languages website. You can also follow the event on Twitter #RoutesLive where anybody can post questions to be fed to the panel before the day of the webinar.

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Welcome to our Open Day visitors!

Welcome to all of the visitors who are coming to the University Open Days today and tomorrow! We hope you enjoy your time here. Please feel free to post comments asking questions, either here on our blog or on our Modern Languages comment board!

We also have lots of useful information on Get Ready for Languages and the Modern Languages website.

If you can’t make these open days, then there will be more opportunities to visit in early September. Find out more on the University of Southampton Open Days website.

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