Monthly Archives: January 2016

Next CLLEAR seminar: “L2 Classroom Interactional Competence and Teacher Development”

CLLEAR

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 from 4:00-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “L2 Classroom Interactional Competence and Teacher Development” and will be delivered by Professor Steve Walsh from Newcastle University. All welcome for the seminar and discussion! Read more…

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Study shows some brains are simply not wired for language learning

The Telegraph has reported on a recent study by researchers at McGill University in Canada suggesting that some people “have brains that are not wired for linguistic skills”. According to the study’s findings, it is possible to use brain scans to predict which learners will have greater success in their language learning.

To find out more, visit the Telegraph website.

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Italian film showing today: Io sono Li / Shun Li and the Poet (Andrea Segre, 2011)

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The Italian film, Io sono Li / Shun Li and the Poet (Andrea Segre, 2011) (93 minutes, in Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles), will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 25 January 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Laura Nera and Gordon Baxter. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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Look out for Modern Languages staff and students presenting at the 11th e-learning symposium!

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Modern Languages staff and some of our PGR students will be presenting at the 11th e-learning symposium, taking place today and tomorrow in Building 65, Avenue Campus.

Come and find out what they have to tell us about the conference theme ‘Humans and the machine’! You can also follow the conference on #elearnllas for instant updates on all the action and watch the keynote talks live.

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Last chance to book your place with the Southampton Language Opportunity!

Southampton Language Opportunity

The Southampton Language Opportunity currently still has places available for language courses starting in the week beginning Monday 25th January, in Arabic 1a, Portuguese 1a, German 2a and Russian 1a. The Southampton Language Opportunity, which offers students the chance to learn a new language free of charge alongside their degree, is also running a new 6-week course in Intercultural Communication.

For further details on the courses and on how to book your place via the University online store, visit the University of Southampton blog site.

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Future Modern Languages students to attend Routes into Languages Study Day

Routes Study Day

Over 100 Year 12 students and their teachers will be visiting the University’s Avenue Campus on Tuesday 19 January 2016 to participate in a Routes into Languages Study Day. Students will participate in sessions on cultural topics, grammar and speaking in French, German or Spanish, and will have the chance to do an ab initio session in Chinese or Portuguese. Participants will also have the chance to ask our Modern Languages students about studying languages at university during a student panel session.

Our visitors may be interested to take a look at Get Ready for Languages, an online resource which aims to guide you to useful information about 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!

Why not also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs, to keep updated on Modern Languages news and events.

For further details about this event, visit the Routes into Languages website.

Our visitors may be interested to take a look at Get Ready for Languages, an online resource which aims to guide you to useful information about 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!

Why not also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs, to keep updated on Modern Languages news and events.

For further details about this event, visit the Routes into Languages website.

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Reflections of a recent graduate

Rebecca GreagsbyToday’s blog post was written by Rebecca Greagsby, who graduated from Modern Languages last year and is now the Leadership Assistant at Shirley Parish Church in Southampton.

I graduated with BA Spanish Linguistics from the University of Southampton in July 2015, and I was not sure what I wanted to do after I finished university. During my four years, I was privileged to receive great teaching from wonderful professors; moulded to develop communication and linguistic skills in language classes; and also trained in using analytical and investigation skills in linguistic, cultural and history modules. The daunting yet exciting adventure of a year abroad helped me to adapt to new situations and cultures and integrate with different groups of people from many different countries.

The great thing about being a languages student is that there are so many options of what to do after your degree. I am now working for a church where I use many of the skills that my degree has prepared me for – I regularly speak publicly, study the bible and books related to it and I meet dozens of new people every week. I am thankful for the four years I spent studying languages because I have acquired skills that are not only aiding me in my current job, but they will see me through the rest of my working life.

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Register now for the 2016 LLAS e-learning symposium!

2016 e-learning Symposium

Don’t forget to secure your place at the 2016 LLAS e-learning symposium before the registration deadline of Monday 18th January 2016! This will be the 11th running of this popular event, which is being organised by the Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) at the University of Southampton, and runs next Thursday and Friday (21st-22nd January). This year’s theme is ‘Humans and the machine: Best practice in using technology for teaching’. Sessions will cover topics such as MOOCs, telecollaboration, games for language learning, students as agents of change, feedback, web tools and apps, OERs and CLIL.

All three of the keynotes will be live-streamed through the LLAS website, and the speakers will be:
Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh
Teresa MacKinnon, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick
Scott Windeatt, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

There will be student bloggers contributing throught the symposium, and you will find their contributions on the e-learning Symposium Scoop.it page.

To find out further information about this event and to register, visit the LLAS website.

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New Italian Film season launches on 25th January

Italian flagModern Languages’ new Italian film season will begin on Monday 25th January 2016 with a showing of Io sono Li (Andrea Segre, 2011) in the new location of Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm.

The spring season promises another interesting selection of films that will inspire you and stimulate your interest in the world of cinema and Italian culture. There will be a screening every Monday upto and including 14th March. The full programme is as follows:
25 Jan – Io sono Li (Andrea Segre, 2011)
1 Feb – Salvatore, questa è la vita (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2006)
8 Feb – Il rosso e il blu (Giuseppe Piccioni, 2012)
15 Feb – Lezioni di cioccolato (Alessio Maria Federici, 2011)
22 Feb – Mery per sempre (Marco Risi, 1989)
29 Feb – Travolti da un insolito destino… (Lina Wertmüller, 1974)
7 Mar – La siciliana ribelle (Marco Amenta, 2009)
14 Mar – Si accettano miracoli (Alessandro Siani, 2015)

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). Everyone is welcome, and the showings are all free of charge. Most of the films have English subtitles, and some have Italian subtitles.

Keep an eye on the Languages at Southampton blog for weekly updates and previews!

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The student exam season starts today!

The two-week January exam period at the University starts today. For important information about sitting the exams, please see this article on the iSoton blog.

Good luck to all Modern Languages students taking exams over the fortnight!

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