Mexico Week 2015


This year’s Mexico Week, organised by MeXsu in collaboration with the student Mexican Society, promises a week of varied and exciting activities and events to showcase contemporary Mexico. These will take place both in the University and across the City, from 27th October to 4th November 2015, in partnership with organisations including the Phoenix Film Society, the City Council, Solent University, Turner Sims Concert Hall and Element Arts. There are also two other city-wide events happening during Mexico Week: the Southampton Film Festival and the So: To Speak cultural event.

In particular, celebrations will mark the ‘UK-Mexico Year 2015’ as it draws to an end. Details of the full programme will be available shortly on the MeXsu website, and Mexico Week Facebook page.

First ILC research seminar of semester


The first Institute for Language and Culture (ILC) seminar of the semester will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2015 from 4:00-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. At this session, Dr Will Baker, Dr Darren Paffey and Dr Heidi Armbruster from Modern Languages will be discussing the research undertaken during their research leave, as well as sharing tips on the good use of research leave. All welcome!

For further details of ILC events in the new academic year, keep an eye on the events page of the ILC blog.

Modern Languages launches new eLearning Group

eLearning Group

Modern Languages at Southampton has recently launched an eLearning Group, consisting of staff members from across the department with an interest in eLearning and blended learning. The group aims to enable it members to meet on a regular basis, explore how colleagues are making use of online tools in their day-to-day teaching and share best practice in this area. The group has a blog, which presents examples of pedagogic research into blended learning from across the department. The blog already features an account of using Twitter with Italian beginners to develop cultural awareness and communicative language skills, and a recent study exploring the role of international students as agents of change on the online course ‘Get Ready for Southampton’, coordinated by the eLanguages team.

Keep an eye on the group blog, and the Languages at Southampton blog, for further updates on Modern Languages eLearning Group activities!

Welcome to our new Modern Languages students!

We welcome all of our new Modern Languages students who have arrived this week for Freshers’ Week!

Check out our resource Get Ready for Languages, which aims to guide you to useful information about your 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!

To keep updated on Modern Languages events and languages-related news, you can also follow us on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs.

Faculty of Humanities welcomes new Erasmus students

The Faculty of Humanities is welcoming 150 new exchange students for the new semester, who will be spending time in the departments of Modern Languages, Music, Film, History, Philosophy, Archaeology and English.

We welcome our new students to the Faculty and hope you enjoy your stay with us! To keep in touch with what is going on in your discipline, why not follow your department on Twitter? For Faculty news, you can also follow the Faculty of Humanities on Twitter and keep updated on Faculty news on the Humanities website.

First TNS seminar of new semester: ‘Ethnographic Insights into the Superdiverse Language Context of Belize’


The first Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar of the new semester will take place at 5:15pm on Wednesday 7th October in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be led by Dr Britta Schneider of the Free University, Berlin, who will be presenting findings from her current project in Belize. The seminar title is: ‘Ethnographic Insights into the Superdiverse Language Context of Belize’. Read more…

University of Southampton 11th annual e-learning symposium 2016: Call for contributions

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources?

The Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies (LLAS) welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the University of Southampton 11th annual e-learning symposium, taking place on 21-22 January 2016 at the University’s Avenue Campus. The conference theme is: Humans and the machine: best practice in using technology for language teaching. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words. Abstracts must be submitted by Monday 12th October 2015 via this i-survey link.

For further details about the e-learning symposium 2016, visit the LLAS event page.

Free language courses for Southampton students

Southampton Language Opportunity

The Southampton Language Opportunity is offering a new range of language courses for students in the new academic year, giving students the chance to learn a language free of charge alongside their degree.

The classes do not offer a formal qualification or provide credits, but are ideal for those wanting to start a new language or polish up on previous skills. Languages being offered from October 2015 include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Ancient Greek, Latin, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, and Polish. Students will be able to book onto courses during Freshers’ Week.

To find out more, visit the Southampton Language Opportunity website.

New Italian film season to be launched

Italian flag

Modern Languages’ new Italian film season will begin on Monday 5th October 2015 with a showing of La Mafia uccide solo d’estate (P.F. Diliberto alias Pif, 2013) in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm.

The autumn season promises an inspiring selection of films covering different genres and subject matters, mostly fairly recent but including two great films of the past:

Roma città aperta / Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945) to celebrate 70 years since its release, which is considered to mark the birth of neorealism. Emilio Audissino, a PhD student in Film, will be introducing this film from Italy via Skype.

Indagine di un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri, 1970), a dark, satirical thriller that explores corruption in high office at a time of political unrest. This film will be introduced by a new member of the Film team, Louis Bayman, whose main line of research is Italian cinema.

All films are introduced in Italian by a tutor, a student or a guest speaker, and are followed by a brief discussion (in Italian and English). Most of the films have English subtitles, and some have Italian subtitles.

Keep an eye on the Languages at Southampton blog for weekly updates.

Modern Languages welcomes new visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University


Following a recent series of visits from groups of researchers and academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia, Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a further group who are participating in a professional development course in Blended Learning here at the University’s Avenue Campus, from Monday 14th September to Friday 25th September 2015. 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.