Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Southampton Language Exchange

The Southampton Language Exchange

Photograph by Katie Uniacke

The Southampton Language Exchange was started by two postgraduate students in January. Since then, with the help of LangSoc and Erasmus, the numbers have rapidly increased. Every Tuesday over 100 people from all over the world get together in The Bridge from 7:30pm onwards to practice their languages and make new friends.

The founders of this event have now set up a free online platform that enables people in Southampton to connect with each other to find a ‘tandem’ buddy, to meet up with to exchange languages, for example meeting for a coffee or lunch and speaking for half an hour in English and half an hour in German, or half an hour in Spanish and half an hour in Arabic… the possibilities are endless! This is not restricted to students but is open to anyone in the Southampton area that is keen to improve their language skills. This is Southampton’s first website of this kind and it is still expanding, so please check back regularly if you can’t currently find a tandem partner for a specific language!

For updates on forthcoming events and to get involved, please see the following websites:
Southampton Language Exchange Online Platform
Southampton Language Exchange Facebook Group
University of Southampton Languages Society on Twitter

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Next ILC seminar: ‘Open Access and Research Outputs’

ILC

The next Institute for Language and Culture (ILC) seminar will take place on Wednesday 28th October from 4-6pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘O(pen) A(ccess) and Research Outputs’. The first part of the seminar will be an information and Q&A session with Kate Walker (Hartley Library) on ‘OA publishing: what does it mean for me?’. This will be followed by an informal discussion about publishing (REF-able) outputs in a wide range of formats. All welcome!

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

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Italian film showing today: La mossa del pinguino / The Move of the Penguin (Claudio Amendola, 2014)

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The Italian film, La mossa del pinguino / The Move of the Penguin (Claudio Amendola, 2014) (95 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 26 October 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi & Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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Modern Languages Year Abroad photo competition winners announced

The winners of the first Modern Languages Year Abroad photo competition were announced this week. The competition attracted 93 photo entries from Modern Languages undergraduates, now finalists, who were on their Year Abroad last academic year. There were 7 different categories for entries and students could submit up to three photos. A panel of judges from Modern Languages agreed on one winning photo for each category, and an overall winner was chosen from the category winners.

The competition winner was Katie Churchill with her photo ‘Sacre Coeur, Paris’. Congratulations to Katie! Watch this space for details of a possible future Year Abroad photo exhibition featuring photos from our Modern Languages competition winners and other competition entrants!

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Image © Katie Churchill, 2015. All rights reserved.

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Routes into Language Teaching webinar

Routes

Routes into Languages is hosting a webinar on ‘Routes in Language Teaching’, taking place on Friday 23rd October 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00. The event is aimed at students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel.

This is the second in a series of webinars hosted by Routes into Languages covering the topic of employability. For further about this webinar, visit the Routes into Languages website. You can follow the discussions on Twitter #RoutesLive.

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Next CLLEAR seminar: “Acquiring definite and indefinite articles across populations: L2 children, children with SLI and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 21 October 2015 from 4:00-6:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Acquiring definite and indefinite articles across populations: L2 children, children with SLI and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” and will be delivered by Professor Theo Marinis from the University of Reading. All welcome! Read more…

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Italian film showing today: Il giorno in più / One More Day (Massimo Venier, 2011)

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The Italian film, Il giorno in più / One More Day (Massimo Venier, 2011) (110 minutes, with Italian subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 19 October 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Georgina Broad. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.
Read more…

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‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ MOOC starts on Monday!

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Modern Languages at Southampton will be relaunching the University of Southampton MOOC, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ on Monday 19 October, for the third running of the course. This four-week course will introduce participants to the field of second language learning, consider language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and explore the uses of technology in teaching. The MOOC will also provide a taster of the Online MA in English Language Teaching, a joint course from the University of Southampton and the British Council.

For further information about the MOOC, including details of how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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Visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University for course in Delivering Through the Medium of English

TPU

We are very happy to welcome a group of 12 academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University who are be studying with us for 2 weeks beginning Monday 12 October 2015 through to Friday 23 October 2015. The delegates will be attending a “Delivering Through the Medium of English” course.

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.

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Call for contributions extended – LLAS e-learning symposium 2016

Submissions deadline EXTENDED to Wednesday 21st October 2015

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? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the 11th annual e-learning symposium, on 21st-22nd January 2016. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words.

Topics and further information can be found at: https://www.llas.ac.uk/events/6950

Successful applicants will be notified asap and will be assigned a session on receipt of conference registration and fee. If you have any questions about this call for contributions or would like feedback on your draft abstract please contact Kate Borthwick before 15th October 2015.

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