Modern Languages and Linguistics rated 4th best in the UK in Guardian University Guide

Modern Languages

Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton has retained its place in the top 5 nationally in the Guardian University Guide for 2017. The department consistently does well in the ratings.

To read more about the University’s performance overall in the guide, visit the University blog.

Modern Languages to host BALEAP PIM on English Medium Instruction

BALEAP PIM - June 2016

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be hosting this year’s BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Avenue Campus. The event is entitled: EMI in Higher Education: the challenges and the opportunities.

This year’s event promises to be a whirlwind tour of Japan, the Sudan, Hungary, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Dubai, Malaysia, Bulgaria and Turkey, not to mention Ireland and the UK. Discussions will address a broad range of issues around English Medium Instruction and its interface with EAP, including ethics, training, assessment, NES versus NNES teachers, and language versus content.

For further details about the event, including how to register, visit the Modern Languages website.

Modern Languages PhD student wins CALICO Outstanding Graduate Student Award

CALICOModern Languages PhD student and lecturer at Umm AlQura University in Saudi Arabia, Sahar Alzahrani, received the CALICO Outstanding Graduate Student Award at this year’s Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference, which took place from 10-14 May 2016 at Michigan State University in the US. This award is presented annually at the conference in recognition of academic and research achievements in the area of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning).

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 great achievement!

Online course off to a good start!

Get Ready for Southampton

Get Ready for Southampton is a free pre-arrival online course for all prospective University of Southampton international students. It has run every summer for the past five years and draws over 2000 student participants each year. This year’s course has got off to a flying start and there are already almost 500 students based in 74 countries in the course. Students meet and make friends; learn about life for students in the city of Southampton and at the University, find out about the academic culture of a British university and what to expect when they begin their studies. This year, discussion has started between international students in the same part of the world; who are applying for the same programme of study and those exchanging tips on applying for visas. Social media contact details are being exchanged for contact off-course too.

For more information about the online course look at: If you are an international student thinking about study at the University of Southampton and would like to join the course, please send an email to

University hosts successful China Day as part of Culture Festival week

China Day

China Day, hosted jointly by the Faculty of Humanities, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, with support from SUSU, took place on 27th April 2016 in the SUSU Concourse, and was a great success! Activities included a traditional music performance, paper cutting, calligraphy, Kung-fu and a photo exhibition. Some of the highlights of the event can be seen on this short video.

The day was organised as part of the SUSU Culture Festival from 25th-19th April 2016, a celebration of the different nationalities and cultures we have at the University of Southampton. The week featured a huge variety of events organised by different student societies and supported by volunteers. For further details on SUSU Culture Festival, visit the SUSU website.

Next MeXsu seminar: “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London”


The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London” and will be presented by Cathy McIlwaine from the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. The seminar will include a short film on the experiences of Latin American onward migrants in the city. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Drawing on recent research with the Latin American community in London, this seminar outlines the particular experiences of Latin Americans who have migrated from other European countries with a specific focus on their labour market experiences. In conceptually re-thinking the notion of the ‘migrant division of labour’ (Wills et al, 2010), the discussion will explore how the global economic crisis prompted increased movement from Spain in particular and how perceived employment opportunities in London attracted migrants to the city. It highlights how in moving onwards, Latin Americans can secure low-paid work in cleaning, which effectively represents downward occupational mobility. Yet, while cosmopolitan London is deregulated market of migrant division of labour exploitation, it is also a paradoxical space of migrant rights and convivial life. As such, the paper argued that the process of onward migration complicates how we think about any continuum of labour exploitation.

‘A Hum About Mine Ears’ – Modern Languages staff to sing in University of Southampton Voices performance this Saturday

A Hum About Mine EarsSeveral staff members from Modern Languages will be singing with the University’s community choir, University of Southampton Voices, this Saturday 7th May 2016 in a performance of ‘A Hum About Mine Ears’, at St Michael’s Church in Bugle Street (SO14 2AH), Southampton.

The choir join internationally acclaimed vocalist and composer Clara Sanabras as she launches her new album ‘A Hum About Mine Ears’, a visionary song cycle based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare for solo voice, mixed choir and string quintet. The performance will also feature Romsey Abbey School Children’s Choir (Dir. Marion Maxey) and will be conducted by Harvey Brough (Harvey & the Wallbangers).

Tickets are available from the Turner Sims Box Office: or 023 8059 5151.