Monthly Archives: November 2015

New French Language Café at Avenue Campus

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A new French Language Café set up by the Language and Academic Advising Team in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be holding its first meeting on Thursday 19th November 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Avenue Campus café. Participants of all levels are welcome to join in and practise speaking in a sociable and friendly way.

Information about booking and about future language cafés can be found on the Language and Academic Advising team website (click on the ‘book now’ icon from within the University network or via VPN).

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Next CLLEAR seminar: “The Creative Use of Metaphor and Metonymy in Language Learning and Intercultural Communication”

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The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 18 November 2015 from 4:00-6:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “The Creative Use of Metaphor and Metonymy in Language Learning and Intercultural Communication” and will be delivered by Professor Jeannette Littlemore from the University of Birmingham. The seminar will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Studies of figurative language (particularly metaphor) have shown that it performs key functions, such as: the signalling of evaluation; agenda management; mitigation and humour; reference to shared knowledge; and topic change. An ability to use metaphor appropriately can thus contribute to a language learner’s communicative competence. In this talk I focus on the use of creative metaphor and metonymy by language learners and those who communicate with them, looking at the challenges it presents and the opportunities that it affords. I then move on to look at the creative use of metaphor and metonymy in advertising and in computer-generated tweets, and report on findings from two studies investigating how creative metaphor and metonymy are understood and appreciated by people with different linguistic backgrounds.

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Interactive workshop on ‘Receiving and Using Feedback’

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The Language and Academic Advising team in Modern Languages at Southampton are holding an interactive workshop on ‘Receiving and Using Feedback’ on Monday 16th November from 16:00-16:45 (Building 65, Lecture Theatre A) and Wednesday 18th November (Building 65, Room 1173) from 16:00-16:45. The workshop is aimed at all language-learners, and particular Modern Languages students.

Students can book onto this event by visiting alabookings.soton.ac.uk and selecting ‘Future Sessions’.

This session is one of a series of workshops being held this semester by the Language and Academic Advising team supporting language learners.

Here is the abstract for this workshop:
This interactive workshop will introduce language learners to the ways of seeking feedback as well as how to understand it in the context of the marking criteria and received marks. It will also provide tips on how to improve by implementing the tutor’s comments. Please bring an example of recent feedback. If you’re not in Modern Languages please also bring the marking criteria for your assignment.

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Open seminar: Perspectives on intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence

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An open seminar hosted by the CGE, CLLEAR, TNS and MEXSU entitled ‘Perspectives on intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence’ will take place on Wednesday 11th November 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm at Avenue Campus, Building 65, Lecture Theatre C. In this panel discussion, Professor Marion Demossier, Dr Will Baker and Dr Karin Zotzmann from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will each discuss their own approach to these notions, after which they will join in discussion with the audience. All welcome!

Here is a further description of the context of this seminar:

In our age of superdiversity and unprecedented mobility (both actual and virtual, and temporary and permanent), communication across language and cultural boundaries has become the norm for many of us. Intercultural communication has therefore become a practical necessity in a wide range of settings around the globe, and as a result, intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence have become key areas of theorisation and research within applied and socio-linguistics.

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Italian film showing today: Noi e la Giulia / The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles (Edoardo Leo, 2015)

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The Italian film, Noi e la Giulia / The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles (Edoardo Leo, 2015) (115 minutes in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 9 November 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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The unique ability of humans: using language

The Guardian has published an article discussing how humans differ from other animals in terms of their unique ability to use language.

To read the article, visit the Guardian website.

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New MOOC: How to succeed in the English B1 Level Exam

A new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on ‘How to succeed in the English B1 Level Exam’ has been launched this week (starting 3rd November). The MOOC is aimed at learners with an intermediate level of English as a Foreign Language who would like to take an official exam. The MOOC has been developed as part of the European Project ECO and offers a wide range of learning strategies and tips, all free of charge.

To find out more about the MOOC, including details about how to sign up, visit the course page on the ECO Project website.

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E-Learning Excellence Award for Prepare for Success

Julie Watson with the ECEL award

Julie Watson from Modern Languages, has been awarded an e-Learning Excellence Award for Prepare For Success, the web-based transition tool for international students coming to study in the UK. The competition for the awards was conducted by Academic Conferences and Publishing International (ACPI). The call for the competition, announced in 2014, attracted 70 submissions from the university environment, business or industry, government departments or schools. In the second round of the competition, 36 applicants were then invited to submit a completed case history. A panel of experts chose 12 case history finalists who were invited to present their work at the 14th annual European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL), held at the University of Hertfordshire in October 2015.

Julie receiving the ECEL award   The ECEL award finalists
All 12 case history finalists were published in ‘The e-Learning Excellence Awards 2015: an Anthology of Case Histories’ edited by Dan Remenyi. Five top prizes were awarded, which included the award for ‘Highly Successful Large Scale Application’ for Prepare for Success. The open multimedia learning resources on the Prepare for Success website help international students prepare for the transition to UK academic culture before they arrive and have drawn 1.3 million visits from users in 232 countries since launch in July 2008.

Modern Languages has an active eLearning group. To find out more about small research projects being undertaken by staff in the Modern Languages department please visit the eLearning group blog.

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Colourful finale for Mexico Week at the University of Southampton – a spectacular altar for Day of the Dead

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Today marks the final day of a colourful week of celebrations for Mexico Week and the special ‘UK-Mexico Year 2015’ at the University of Southampton. As is now annual tradition, the Avenue Campus has hosted a beautifully decorated altar in honour of the Day of the Dead, created in collaboration with students and staff from across the University. This year’s altar is accompanied with a striking art exhibition entitled ‘El Otro Muro’ (The Other Wall) – the title refers to the wall that divides Mexico and the United States.

Don’t miss your chance to see the altar and exhibition before Wednesday 4th November in the North Corridor!

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Italian film showing today: La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

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The Italian film, La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) (135 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 2 November 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Neil Tibbetts. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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