Monthly Archives: November 2015

Next CGE seminar: International English-language university entry tests: are they fit for purpose?

CGE

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘International English-language university entry tests: are they fit for purpose?’ and will be led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
My talk will begin by exploring some empirical data in which international students discuss their views of the international English language university entry tests. I will go on to consider what I believe to be lacking in the content of such tests, in particular, evidence of an awareness of the sociolinguistic implications of the global spread of English, and of recent findings in relevant areas of applied- and socio-linguistic research. I will argue that while all these areas point to a need for change, research into English as a lingua franca (ELF) has the greatest relevance for international English language entry tests because international universities are, by definition, sites of ELF use. Having briefly discussed the notion of ELF, I will turn to some of the most prominent international tests currently in use, in order to examine the extent to which they are fit for the purpose of assessing potential (non-native English) international students’ suitability for study in an international university environment. I will conclude by considering what types of changes these tests need to embrace in order to better reflect the international nature of university environments.

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Registration now open for LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016

eLearning Symposium

Registration is now open for the LLAS 11th eLearning Symposium 2016 which will be held at Avenue Campus, University of Southampton on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd January 2016.

For information on keynote speakers, the range of topics to be covered in presentations and workshops, and for details on how to register, visit the event page on the LLAS website.

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Third run of Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ a success

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ has just completed its third run. 44,284 learners participated in the course, bringing the total number of learners who have signed up for the MOOC to 145,041.

This run of the MOOC included a live session led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Dr Will Baker and Dr Ying Wang from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. The session was lively and learners challenged and tested the team’s ideas on ELF and Global Englishes.

The course will run again in 2016 with dates to be confirmed. Visit the FutureLearn course page for updates.

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The 12 Apps of Christmas

12 Apps

Students and staff may be interested in registering for the award winning 12 day online project from the Dublin Institute of Technology, The 12 Apps of Christmas. The initiative focuses on exploring 12 mobile apps, which can help students to personalise their learning and educators to support them to do so. Participants are introduced to a different app each day, over 12 weekdays (for approximately 12 minutes a day), starting on 1st December.

The content is accessible either online or via a purpose-built app. Further details on the project, including the registration form, can be found on The 12 Apps of Christmas website.

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Italian film showing today: Il capitale umano / Human Capital (Paolo Virzì, 2014)

Italian flag

The Italian film, Il capitale umano / Human Capital (Paolo Virzì, 2014) (106 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 23 November 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. This is the last film of the season, so the discussion will take place over nibbles and drinks. You can bring some finger food or something to drink, but it is not a must. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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University of Southampton Voices to perform ‘Songs in the Theme of Love’ tonight!

Concert

A number of staff from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be participating in the University community choir’s performance of Songs in the Theme of Love at the Turner Sims concert hall tonight – Friday 20 November 2015 – at 8pm. Directed by composer and conductor Harvey Brough, the University of Southampton Voices will perform alongside Nigerian born singer-songwriter Ben Okafor in a selection of afrobeat and reggae songs and Liane Carroll, one on the UK’s finest jazz singers.

This promises to be an evening of soulful and vibrant music! Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Turner Sims box office. Details about the concert can also be found on the University of Southampton Music website.

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Next TNS Seminar: ‘The Impact of Research: What do we understand by it and what counts as evidence in the Humanities and the Social Sciences?’

Impact

The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 25th November 2015 in Room 1173, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The session is entitled ‘The Impact of Research: What do we understand by it and what counts as evidence in the Humanities and the Social Sciences’. The discussion of this topic will be introduced by short presentations of three authors of impact studies in the last REF: Professor Wrigley from Geography, Professor Jon Adams from Archaeology and Professor Ulrike Meinhof from Modern Languages. All welcome!

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Visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University for course in Teaching and Learning through the Medium of English

TPU

We are very pleased to welcome a group of 12 academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University who are studying with us for 2 weeks from Monday 16 November 2015 to Friday 27 November 2015. The delegates are participating in a course on “Teaching and Learning through the Medium of English”.

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. Welcome to our visitors and we hope you enjoy your time with us!

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Launch of Think German Network

SoGerman

A new national initiative to promote German Studies was launched in the splendid surroundings of the Locarno Room in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 10 November. The Think German Network is a consortium of university German Departments / Sections working in collaboration with the German Embassy (for further information, see http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/11/TGN.html).

Modern Languages at Southampton was represented at the launch by Anna Duckwitz, our student intern from the University of Münster, and Patrick Stevenson. Anna is working with staff and students to develop SoGerman: Southampton German Network, designed to bring together students of German in schools, colleges and the University. The SoGerman website will provide a dynamic online resource on diverse aspects of German language, culture and society, written by students for students, for example: ‘Everything you wanted to know about German Music in the 80s’. And through social media it will be a kind of conversation between young learners of German about whatever interests and motivates them – from film to fashion, from cultural events to travel tips.

The website will be launched early in 2016, but you can follow us now on Twitter @Sogermanuk

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Italian film showing today: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri, 1970)

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The Italian film, Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto / Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri, 1970) (112 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 16 November 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Louis Bayman. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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