Monthly Archives: November 2016

Next CGE seminar: Research to classroom practice: Global Englishes and ELT textbooks

CGE

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Research to classroom practice: Global Englishes and ELT textbooks’ and will be led by Dr Nicola Galloway from the University of Edinburgh. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
“the prevailing orientation in…..ELT materials still remains undoubtedly towards ENL” (Jenkins, 2012: 487).
Theoretical and empirical work within the field of Global Englishes raises crucial questions about established modes of practice in the ELT profession. The pedagogical implications of such research have been attracting an increasing amount of attention in recent years, yet little attention has been placed on ELT materials specifically. In order to create pedagogical change within the field of ELT, we need to look at various aspects of the learning and teaching process: “it is not enough to simply say that ELF has implications for pedagogy” (Dewey, 2012: 143). ELT materials are a central part of the learning and teaching process; they provide language input and are often used to determine the syllabus. The continued orientation towards native English, as outlined by Jenkins (2012) above, clearly warrants serious attention. This presentation examines current textbooks, which have been identified as one of the main barriers to Global Englishes Language Teaching (GELT) (Galloway, 2011; Galloway and Rose, 2015). A central thesis of this talk focuses on the need to ensure that 21st century ELT is effective in preparing learners to use ELF in global contexts. It examines recent trends in the field of ELT, proposing that the on-going quest for new approaches and methods be accompanied with a quest for new conceptualisations of the very subject matter in such materials; the English language. The talk ends with a proposed framework to help ELT practitioners adopt and develop materials that offer more than a mere superficial awareness of Global Englishes.

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French seminar: Madame Bovary and the sinister Sandman

Bovary

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton is delighted to be hosting Professor Anne Green from King’s College London on Tuesday 15th November 2016, who will be leading a seminar entitled “Madame Bovary and the sinister Sandman”, from 4:00-5:30 in Room 1143, Building 65, Avenue Campus. All welcome to join in for the seminar and discussion.

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Taking a fresh look at Flaubert’s manuscript drafts for Madame Bovary, Anne Green discovers that they contain repeated allusions to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s short story, The Sandman. Although Flaubert removed many of these references before the final version, enough remain in the published version to disturb conventional readings of Madame Bovary. The Sandman’s traces reveal a sinister undercurrent lying beneath the novel’s surface. Why was the uncanny tale so significant for Flaubert? Why did he work so hard to remove its traces from his novel? And why did displaced elements of Hoffmann’s story continue to appear in Flaubert’s writing long after Madame Bovary?

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Día de los Muertos – the Mexican Day of the Dead at Avenue Campus

Day of the Dead

There has been an altar celebrating the Day of the Dead at the Avenue Campus at the University of Southampton each year for a number of years, and this year is no exception!

In Mexico, Día de los Muertos which, despite the name, celebrates life, is celebrated on 2nd November with a national holiday. You can find out about how Mexico City has been celebrating in this report on the Guardian website.

Over the two weeks that the altar is on display at the Avenue Campus, schools will be visiting to learn more about the tradition and learn some Spanish. The altar can be visited at Avenue Campus until 11th November.

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