Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “The politics of language in the global workplace”


The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 4th May 2016 from 5 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “The politics of language in the global workplace” and will be delivered by Dr Jo Angouri from the University of Warwick. All welcome!

Modern Languages disciplines in top 10 of latest Complete University Guide

French, German, Iberian Languages and Linguistics all feature in the top 10 for their section of the Complete University Guide, consolidating the University of Southampton’s overall position of 17th in the recently published table. French is attributed particular success with a rise this year by 8 places in the table to 5th position overall.

Prospective students for these disciplines in Modern Languages may wish to look at our online resource, Get Ready for Languages, to explore some of the reasons for our success!

Celebrate Chinese culture at China Day

China Day ProgrammeThe Faculty of Humanities and the Confucius Institute are jointly hosting China Day, taking place on 27th April 2016 from 4-6pm in the SUSU Concourse, Highfield Campus. Activities include a traditional music performance, paper cutting, calligraphy, Kung-fu and a photo exhibition. Anyone with an interest in Chinese culture is welcome!

China Day is part of Southampton University Student Union (SUSU) Culture Festival week, from 25th-29th April, a celebration of the wide range of nationalities and cultures at the University of Southampton.

For further details about the SUSU Culture Festival, visit the SUSU website.

Next TNS event: ‘Cross-Faculty Debate on Migration Research’


The Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) and the interdisciplinary Migration@Soton Research Network are organising a joint meeting to discuss the current state of the art in migration research, and to develop new plans for joint initiatives in research projects and joint publications.

This event will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 27th April 2016 in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus, and is entitled ‘Cross-Faculty Debate on Migration Research’. The informal group discussion will begin with brief three-minute introductions to participants’ respective research agendas, leading to an open debate. Anyone interested in migration research in the Humanities or the Social Sciences is welcome to attend.

Practise your language skills at Nuffield Theatre Eddie Izzard performance


French and German language learners may be interested in practising their listening skills at Eddie Izzard’s upcoming performance of his tour show Force Majeure at the Nuffield Theatre on Wednesday 25th May. He will perform 3 times in 3 languages (English, French and German) over 3 one hour shows.

Visit the Nuffield Theatre website for further details and to book your place!

New MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching’ starts today


Lancaster University is launching a MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching’ starting today, Monday 18th April 2016. This free course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages, and offers a combination of practical tools and theoretical insights to support teachers to meet the needs of students with dyslexia.

For further information about this MOOC, and to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

Next MeXsu seminar: “Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context.”


The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 20th April 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context’ and will be presented by Dr José Juan Olvera Gudiño (CIESAS Unidad Noreste, Monterrey, Mexico). All welcome! Please note that this paper will be presented in Spanish (with Powerpoint slides in English). Translators will be on hand for questions.

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This paper will provide a sociological perspective on popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico and the south of Texas. It will analyze and reflect on: a) differentiated circuits of migration (regional and bi-national), and particular socio-cultural dynamics; b) how these human mobilities combine with the cultural industries and their impact on the configuration of musical cultures in the Northeast; c) the specificity of place in understanding these dynamics. I explore this with three cases drawing on empirical work I have conducted over the last two decades: the ‘Colombian music of Monterrey’, conjunto norteño music (accordion and bajo sexto) and rap music.

Modern Languages modules nominated for University of Southampton VLE awards

VLE AwardsFour modules from Modern Languages have made it to the final shortlist for the 2016 University of Southampton VLE Awards. All of these modules were nominated by students and included on a shortlist of just 36 modules throughout the whole University:
GERM3016 – Language and the city
LING6018 – Language analysis for teaching
LING6019 – E-learning for English Language Teaching
SPAN9013 – Spanish stage 7

The awards ceremony will take place at 12:30 on Thursday 5th May in the Hartley Suite at Highfield. For the full list of nominated modules, see the VLE Awards page – and watch this blog to see how we get on!

Modern Languages to host BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting

BALEAP PIM - June 2016

The University of Southampton, Department of Modern Languages is delighted to be hosting a BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Avenue Campus. The theme is “EMI in Higher Education: the challenges and the opportunities”.

The call for proposals has been extended until Monday 18th April. You can download the submission form here, and if you have any questions please email Mary Page. The themes for this event are as follows:
• How can the EAP tutor best serve the language needs of students in the multilingual, discipline-specific content classroom?
• Is the “E” in “EAP” the same as the “E” in “EMI”?
• Translanguaging in the HE language classroom
• Managing the balance between language knowledge and subject knowledge
• Assessment of language and content: issues for the EAP tutor.

For further information about the event, please visit the Call for Papers.

New phase of development approved for international student website

Prepare for SuccessThe Prepare for Success website, which provides a wide range of open academic learning resources to help prepare international students coming to study in higher or further education in the UK, is to receive funding for a new stage in its development. UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs are supporting an eighth phase, which will see the technical customisation of the website for smaller screens, enhancing accessibility and improving search rankings. Tracking has shown that in recent years many more website visits have come from mobile devices and Google search rankings are also favouring more mobile-friendly websites.

The website was developed and launched by Julie Watson and Andrew Davey from eLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton nearly ten years ago. Since 2008, the website has drawn over 1.4 million visits from international students and teachers in 234 countries and territories. It is now widely-used across the UK HE sector and in a growing number of institutions overseas.

Andrew Davey, Platform Manager and Technology Specialist, will lead this new phase of its development.