Monthly Archives: March 2016

Happy Easter from Languages at Southampton!

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Wishing all followers of our Languages at Southampton blog: students, staff and friends of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, a very happy and enjoyable Easter break!

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Get Ready for Southampton 2016 launches!

Get Ready for Southampton

Today the eLanguages team in Modern Languages are launching the 2016 edition of the free online course Get Ready for Southampton. This course aims to show what life and study is like for international students at the University of Southampton, and provides an opportunity for students to network prior to arrival. This is the sixth time this course has been run, and so far it has been used by over 10000 prospective international students.

The course is free to all international students who are coming to Southampton or just interested in a course of study with us. If you are an international student and would like to take the course, find out more on the Get Ready for Southampton website.

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Modern Languages PhD student wins Humanities Three Minute Thesis competition

Three minute thesis

Many congratulations to Sahar Alzahrani (Modern Languages) who won the Faculty of Humanities Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday. Sahar received both the Judges’ and People’s Choice awards.

Sahar’s three minute presentation was entitled ‘Enhancing learner autonomy in language learning through a blended course’. The judges commended Sahar on the successful sequencing of ideas about her PhD thesis and the steady pace of her presentation, which helped the audience to engage effectively with it.

Sahar will now compete in the University Grand Final on Thursday 12th May 2016. We wish Sahar the best of luck in the final stage of the competition!

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New languages introduced by Google Translate

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The BBC has reported on the introduction of 13 new languages to Google Translate, bringing the total of available languages to over 100. According to Google, these new additions will enable an additional 120 million people to use its service. Languages introduced include Corsican, Scots Gaelic and Hawaiian. To find out more, read the full article on the BBC website.

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Modern Languages PhD student wins award for best-researched poster

Sahar

Modern Languages PhD student Sahar Alzahrani received an award for the best-researched poster at the Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group (LASIG) Conference 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium, which took place from 3-4 March 2016. Her poster was entitled ‘A framework for the development of language learner autonomy in a blended language course at university level’.

Sahar is now near completion of her PhD and is researching the effectiveness of students’ use of technology in the development of language learner autonomy. Congratulations to Sahar for this excellent achievement!

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Italian film showing today: Si accettano miracoli / We Accept Miracles (Alessandro Siani, 2015)

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The Italian film, Si accettano miracoli / We Accept Miracles (Alessandro Siani, 2015) (103 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 14th March 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! 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. The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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Next CLLEAR seminar: “Experiencing master’s dissertation supervision: two supervisors’ perspectives”

CLLEAR

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 16th March 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Experiencing master’s dissertation supervision: two supervisors’ perspectives” and will be delivered by Dr Nigel Harwood from the University of Sheffield. All welcome! Read more…

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Modern Languages to welcome potential future students for visit day

Get Ready for Languages

This coming Saturday, Modern Languages will be welcoming a group of potential future languages students, who will be participating in a visit day at Avenue Campus. Participants will have opportunities to meet Modern Languages staff and students, and find out more about Modern Languages study at Southampton.

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. We welcome all visitors and hope you enjoy your time here!

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Italian film showing today: La siciliana ribelle / The Sicilian Girl (Marco Amenta, 2009)

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The Italian film, La siciliana ribelle / The Sicilian Girl (Marco Amenta, 2009) (109 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 7th March 2016. 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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Next CGE seminar: Post Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Linguistic Creativity

CGE

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 9th March 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Post Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Linguistic Creativity’ and will be led by Li Wei from UCL Institute of Education. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This talk looks at examples of translanguaging practices in complementary schools for minority ethnic children in the UK, multi-modality linguistic practices by multilingual speakers, and New Chinglish from a Post-Multilingualism perspective. The aim is to develop an approach which helps us to better understand the processes as well as the consequences of dynamic and fluid interactions between, across and beyond languages on social relations, social structures and individual’s social cognition.

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