CGE Research Seminar on Wednesday 17th October: ‘Attitudes’ and English as a Lingua Franca

CGEThe first Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C (room 1175), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Mariko Baird from International Baccalaureate and Rob Baird from the University of Southampton and is entitled “‘Attitudes’ and English as a Lingua Franca”. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Although we are most famous for having the first Centre for Global Englishes wedding, in this talk we will address a more difficult relationship, namely between the English as a lingua franca (ELF) field of enquiry and language attitude research. Based on our recent chapter ‘English as a Lingua Franca: Changing Attitudes’ in the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca, we will draw on theoretical frameworks and empirical data, based on our fieldwork in East and South East Asia, to illustrate problems that accompany traditional language-attitude frameworks when applied to speakers who experience dynamic communicative contexts and associated constructs. Our talk will outline important considerations for researching people’s perceptions of language in ELF scenarios, and we will conclude by discussing implications for the empirical treatment of language in wider sociolinguistic research.

Both Mariko and Rob Baird are among the founding members of the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) here in Southampton. Mariko researched ideas of language and the sociolinguistic realities of university students and business people in East Asia, and now is a Subject Manager for Language and Literature at International Baccalaureate (IB). Rob researched perceptions and communicative practices of English users in English-as-a-medium-of-instruction settings in East and South East Asia. He is now a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Academic Centre for International Students (ACIS) at the University of Southampton.

Italian film showing this evening – Rome Open City – Roma Città Aperta

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the first film of our Italy through its films series, featuring Rome Open City – Roma Città Aperta.

We will be meeting in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm on Monday 15th October and there will be a short introduction by Louis Bayman followed by a discussion after the screening. All welcome!

We are attaching a critique to the film which we hope will serve as a useful glimpse into this masterpiece of Neoralism.

Open Day this Saturday 13th October

Open day sceneThere’s still time to book your place on our open day this Saturday! There will be a number of Modern Languages and Linguistics events through the day, and plenty of opportunities to explore Avenue Campus and Highfield Campus, which are just a 10-minute walk apart.

You can get the full programme for the day and follow us on Twitter to find out more!

Italy through its films – launch event tonight!

Italian flagYou are cordially invited to the launch of Italy through its Films on Monday 8th October 2018, Avenue Campus, Lecture Theatre B, 6pm to 7pm for an overview of the screening programme and an introduction to how to understand film as art and as a creative glimpse into the society it comes from. All welcome, book your free ticket via Eventbrite!

Please see below the list of films in our programme and also more details about each film.

Italian film season programme

Confucius Institute Open Day 2018

Confucius Day 2018On Wednesday 10th October the Confucius Institute is holding an open day in the Hartley Suite at Highfield Campus. The event will run from 5pm-7pm and with include Chinese music, cultural workshops and refreshments. There will be a jumble sale at SUSU selling Chinese-style accessories. This event is free – just turn up on the day!

There is more information on the downloadable event poster.

Lifelong Learning Open Day

Lifelong Learning invites you to join us to sample some of our courses for 2018/19 and to meet our tutors at the upcoming event this weekend.

Come along to our Open Day to find out more about what is on offer in our Lifelong Learning programme for 2018/19. This event will include some taster events and will also offer you the opportunity to meet some of our tutors and to ask questions about individual courses. Tea and coffee will be available.

Please note that you cannot book for the individual taster sessions at this stage, this will be done upon arrival at the open day. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To view a full programme of events and book a place on the open day please visit: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/news/events/2018/09/15-lifelong-learning-open-evening.page?

To view full details of the Lifelong Learning courses on offer please visit our website: www.southampton.ac.uk/lifelonglearning

Drop-in Event: MA in ELT: Online relaunch

Students and colleagues are invited to drop-in for coffee, cakes and an informal chat / demo of Modern Languages and Linguistics’ new look MA in ELT: Online course. Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Time: Between 10:00 and 12:30 – please feel free to drop by at any point
Venue: Room 2129, Building 65, Avenue Campus

Background:

Over the summer, with support from two student interns, we have been upgrading our MA in English Language Teaching: Online programme, ready for relaunch in September 2018. The upgrade has involved a migration from a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment to Blackboard, as well as a review of the structure and clarity of all of our online resources and materials and the usability of the various course communication channels from a student experience perspective. Our students are all busy part-time online learners, and practising English Language Teachers, who are based in around 25 different countries across the world.

We will have computers set up with our new Blackboard course in Room 2129 and would be happy to demo the features of the course, and chat generally about our experiences of running a fully online programme for part-time distance learners.

This event may be of interest to you if you would like to hear more about developments to this course, are thinking about upgrading your own Blackboard course, or have an interest in the design of online learning experiences generally.

Open days this weekend

September 2018 open daysWelcome to everyone coming to the University of Southampton open days this weekend!

You can find out more about what’s on offer on the official University open day website and by following #UoSOpenDay on Twitter.

Don’t forget you can also follow our Twitter account @ModernLangs and take a look at our departmental website.

Enjoy your day!

The eLearning Symposium is back!

eLearning Symposium 2019

Following a three-year break, the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton is delighted to invite you to the new re-branded eLearning symposium, previously successfully run by LLAS, the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

The Symposium will take place on Friday 25th January 2019 and the theme is “New perspectives: eLearning symposium rebooted. Language learning and technology in new educational landscapes.”

The key dates and further information can be found on the event website and Twitter account. If you have any questions, please email Erin Forward, the Conference Administrator, at elearn19@soton.ac.uk. We look forward to seeing you there!

Modern Languages and Linguistics outreach events this week

Modern Languages and Linguistics will be hosting two Outreach events this week as part of our commitment to engage with local secondary schools. On Wednesday 13th June, 120 Year 8 pupils will join us at Avenue Campus for a day full activities based on the Wearable Technology theme and language taster sessions in the afternoon when pupils will have the chance to try a new language.

On Thursday 14th June we will have 140 Year 10 pupils attending our Study Day: the theme is music and foreign language learning.

The events have sold out after only one day of being advertised, confirming the enormous interest and strong links between the University of Southampton and local schools.