Monthly Archives: October 2016

Italian film showing today: La ragazza del lago / The Girl by the Lake (Andrea Molaioli, 2006)

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The Italian film, La ragazza del lago / The Girl by the Lake (Andrea Molaioli, 2006) (91 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 31th October 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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Languages at Southampton blog hits 700 posts!

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This week, Modern Languages celebrates its 700th blog post on the Languages at Southampton blog! The blog was established in 2012 to provide our followers – staff, students and others with an interest in Modern Languages at Southampton alike – with news updates and information about language related events.

We have reported on the experiences of our students, such as Modern Languages student Andrew Turner’s Year Abroad experiences in Brazil, the successes of our staff, including Carmen Martín de León and Cristina García Hermoso’s recent teaching awards, and on Modern Languages events and activities such as the annual e-learning symposium and our Lifelong Learning programme; new resources such as the new PAL system (Pay Access and Learn), the Digital Literacies Toolkit, and the Prepare for Success blog as well as news items in the world of language learning related to themes such as multilingualism and online learning.

Thank you to all our followers for your support and contributions and do continue to follow the action on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs!

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Next Intercultural Staff Café

Intercultural Connections Southampton

The next Intercultural Staff Café hosted by Intercultural Connections Southampton (ICS) will take place on Thursday 10th November 2016 from 14:30 to 16:30 in the Nuffield Kitchen, Highfield Campus. This will be an opportunity to meet the University’s new Vice-President for Internationalisation, Professor Colin Grant.

The café is a drop-in event and is open to all University of Southampton staff, including PGR students. It is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from across the University. Please book your place for this free event by Monday 7th November. For further information about the Intercultural Connections project, please email intercultural@soton.ac.uk.

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Italian film showing today: Non ci resta che piangere / Nothing Left to Do but Cry (Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi, 1984)

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The Italian film, Non ci resta che piangere / Nothing Left to Do but Cry (Roberto Benigni & Massimo Troisi, 1984) (111 minutes, Italian subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 24th October 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Emanuela Venditti, Postgraduate from Sapienza University of Rome (Linguistics). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.
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Scritto, diretto e interpretato da Roberto Benigni e Massimo Troisi, “Non ci resta che piangere” è una pietra miliare della comicità italiana. Saverio, un maestro di scuola elementare (Roberto Benigni), e Mario, un bidello della stessa scuola (Massimo Troisi), sono amici fraterni ma litigiosi. In una giornata come tante, dopo un temporale e un incidente in auto, i due si trovano inspiegabilmente catapultati indietro nel tempo, nel “1400…quasi 1500”. Saverio riesce ben presto a adattarsi e a calarsi nelle vesti di uomo rinascimentale; meno entusiasta è invece Mario, fino a quando conosce in chiesa la giovane Pia. I due amici affrontano diverse peripezie e incontrano personaggi del tempo del calibro di Leonardo da Vinci. Riusciranno a trovare una via d’uscita e a tornare nel 1900?
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Written, directed and acted by Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi, “Nothing Left to Do but Cry” is a milestone in Italian comedy. Saverio, a primary school teacher (Roberto Benigni), and Mario, who works as a custodian at the same school (Massimo Troisi), are inseparable yet unlikely friends. On an ordinary day, after a thunderstorm and a car accident, the two friends are mysteriously catapulted into the 15th century. Saverio rapidly adapts to the Renaissance lifestyle; Mario instead struggles to get used to it, until he meets a woman in church. The two friends face various challenges and also bump into famous personalities of the period, including Leonardo Da Vinci. Will they find their way back to the 20th century?

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Climax of the Southampton German Festival tomorrow!

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Tomorrow will be the final day ofthe 2016 Southampton German (SoGerman) Festival. Full details of the programme can be found on the SoGerman website, and you can also follow SoGerman on Twitter.

To read more about the Southampton German Festival and to view the flyer and festival programme, visit the Humanities website.

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Next CLLEAR seminar: “Humpty-Dumpty’s Problem: how do we put morphologically complex words back together again?”

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The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 19th October 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Humpty-Dumpty’s Problem: how do we put morphologically complex words back together again?” and will be delivered by Dr Linnaea Stockall from Queen Mary University of London. All welcome! Read more…

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Italian film showing today: Ma che bella sorpresa / What a Beautiful Surprise (Alessandro Genovesi, 2014)

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The Italian film, Ma che bella sorpresa / What a Beautiful Surprise (Alessandro Genovesi, 2014) (88 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 17th October 2016. Review, introduction and discussion by Carla Ringland Mendez, (Final Year BA Modern Languages in Italian, French & Spanish). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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University of Southampton Confucius Institute Day 2016

Confucius Institute event posterThe University of Southampton Confucius Institute is hosting a mid-Autumn festival and Confucius Institute Day on Wednesday 19th October 2016 from 4:30-6pm in the Terrace Restaurant, Highfield Campus. The theme of this free event, sponsored by Chinese Hanban is “Blooming Flowers and a Full Moon”, and aims to engage Southampton locals with an interest in Chinese culture and language. Participants can enjoy music and dance, cultural experience corners, quizzes and refreshments.

For further information, please contact Confucius@soton.ac.uk.

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Italian film showing today: Il segreto di Santa Vittoria/The Secret of Santa Vittoria (Stanley Kramer, 1969)

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The Italian film, Il segreto di Santa Vittoria/The Secret of Santa Vittoria (Stanley Kramer, 1969) (134 minutes, dubbed into Italian with no subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 10th October 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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Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “Intercultural Perspectives on Internationalising Universities”

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The first Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar of the new semester will take place on Friday 14th October 2016 from 5-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Intercultural Perspectives on Internationalising Universities” and will be delivered by Dr Tony Young from Newcastle University. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
More than four million people are now studying in Higher Education (HE) institutions outside their country of origin, and many thousands of ‘international’ academic staff work in our universities worldwide. ‘Internationalisation’ in HE has been framed both as this phenomenon of global mobility and as the institutional response to it. This response was until recently dominated, especially in the global west, by neo-liberal state and institutional discourses around internationalisation’s contribution to fee income generation and world rankings of reputation. This may now be changing, with a greater interest, at least among researchers, in internationalisation as a lingua-cultural educational phenomenon. This talk will explore the extent to which this change is actually happening, and the role that intercultural perspectives – broadly defined, and often contested – are playing in exploring it.

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