Modern Languages student champions Rio 2016 Brazil rugby initiative


Prospective and current Modern Languages students who are thinking about how they might spend their Year Abroad will be inspired to hear about Modern Languages student Andrew Turner’s Year Abroad activities.

Andrew is spending his Year Abroad in Brazil, working on a placement as Development Officer for Premiership Rugby (in partnership with the British Council, Jaguar Land Rover and SESI) on the Try Rugby Brazil project, using Rugby Union as a social tool in some of Brazil’s most deprived communities. Based in the State of Rio de Janeiro since June 2015, Andrew and his colleagues have had a particular focus on promoting the game prior to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Andrew explains: “Recently, I was invited to meet General Novaes from the Brazilian Army, to discuss implementing Rugby as a Sport within the AMAN Military Academy (Equivalent to Sandhurst). Next month I will be travelling for PR events with Team GB Rugby Sevens, who are currently training in Belo Horizonte, before further events back in Rio during the Games. As an advocate for language study, it is great to see Modern Languages prove, yet again, that it offers fantastic opportunities beyond the stereotypes of interpreting/translation work.

Sports wise, Brazilian children are naturally competitive, so it’s been great to see that modern coaching techniques such as using short snappy games go down well, as they constantly try their best, and aren’t afraid to use their imagination. It’s important to adapt the learning process to each participant, and in general, the beaming smiles are a giveaway that the session has been well-received. And while I’ve seen a change in behaviour and ability in the children, my own outlook on life has certainly been influenced in similar ways. Brazil has been a fantastic professional, and indeed personal experience that I will take forward with me as new chapters in my life begin to unfold.”

Good luck with your continued work placement Andrew and we look forward to hearing updates on your experiences of Rio 2016!

Online MA in English Language Teaching application deadline this week

MA in ELT: Online

Are you a practising English Language Teacher? Are you looking for a flexible means of enhancing your teaching skills whilst you continue your teaching practice? If the answer is yes, and you are considering applying for the University of Southampton Online MA in English Language Teaching to start this September, make sure you get your application in before the deadline of Sunday 31st July 2016.

Teachers from all over the world can take this part-time (two and half years duration), five semester Masters degree programme, which is studied entirely online. Developed and delivered collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate level study in key areas of current theory and practice in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

You can find out more about the programme by visiting the Modern Languages website, and by following the Online MA in ELT on Twitter @MAELTonline.

Welcome to our Pre-sessional Course B tutors and ILFs!

This week, more new and returning pre-sessional tutors and ILFs (Independent Learning Facilitators) are arriving from all over the world in preparation for the start of Pre-sessional Course B next week. We welcome all these tutors to the University!

For further information about the University’s pre-sessional courses, visit the pre-sessional pages on the University website.

Upcoming Modern Languages/CLLEAR seminars


Modern Languages and the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) are pleased to be hosting a visit from Dr. Elisabet Pladevall Baluster from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in July, who will be offering two seminars focusing on bilingualism and on CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). The first seminar will take place on Tuesday 26th July at 4pm (65/1095) and is entitled “L1 Use and Focus on Form in a co-taught CLIL programme”. The second seminar will take place on Thursday 28th July at 4pm (65/1097) and is entitled “Developmental asynchrony in the acquisition of subject properties in child L2 English and Spanish”. Read more…

Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research to host GASLA conference


The Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be hosting the 14th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition conference (GASLA 14) to be held at the University of Southampton on 6-9 April 2017.

The conference provides a forum for discussion of recent, high quality research on second language acquisition, bilingual and multilingual acquisition, psycholinguistics and neurocognition. GASLA brings together researchers working on the nature, use, and development of interlanguage in all contexts of bilingual and multilingual acquisition.

GASLA 14 will include, in addition to the main session, a special session on linguistic input and its interaction with representation and processing. The call for papers deadline is 1st November 2016.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Modern Languages staff receive teaching award

teaching award

Modern Languages’ Carmen Martín de León and Cristina García Hermoso have been awarded second place for best Spanish teachers of the year, in the international congress, IV Congreso Internacional del Español en Castilla y León.

The innovative teaching project they presented, which was also praised by our Stage 5 students this academic year, was based on Carmen’s published book series, El Mundo de Custodio. Congratulations to Carmen and Cristina for this achievement!

Modern Languages students graduate this week!

gradMany of our new graduates in Modern Languages are attending Summer Graduation this Thursday 14th July at the University of Southampton, and are graduating alongside other students from Humanities.

Many congratulations to all of our new graduates! Don’t forget you can keep in touch with the University via the Southampton Alumni Facebook page or on Twitter @UniSotonAlumni.

Over 1000 students decide to ‘Get Ready for Southampton’ in 2016!

Get Ready for Southampton

Over 1000 students from almost 100 countries have used Get Ready for Southampton so far in 2016. The course is aimed at international students who are considering coming to study a degree at the University of Southampton or who have already applied.

If you would like to take part in the course, please email to find out details of how to create an account.

Pre-sessional courses begin next week

Hundreds of international students are arriving from all over the world this week to take part in the summer pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Southampton, beginning on Monday 4th July 2016. We welcome all of our new students to the University!

For further information about the University’s pre-sessional courses, see the University website.