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:

To view full details of the Lifelong Learning courses on offer please visit our website:

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


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 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.

Next CLLEAR seminar: Thinking ahead in a second language: On the role of prediction in L2 processing

CLLEARThe next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 4pm in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Thinking ahead in a second language: On the role of prediction in L2 processing” and will be delivered by Theres Gruter from Hawaii. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
The role of prediction in native language (L1) processing has been investigated, and debated, extensively over the past couple of decades. Yet it is only in the last few years that prediction/anticipation in second language (L2) processing has become a topic of interest. In this talk, I will discuss how the investigation of prediction in L2 processing may help us move beyond the common but rather unsatisfying description of differences between L1 and L2 speakers as L2 learners having “a processing problem”. In recent and on-going research in our lab, we have used online (visual-world eye-tracking) and offline methods to probe to what extent L2 listeners engage in proactive ‘thinking ahead’ during sentence and discourse processing. Drawing on findings from studies targeting various linguistic cues that can give rise to anticipatory processing – including classifiers in Mandarin Chinese and grammatical aspect in English – I will argue that L2 speakers do not necessarily differ from L1 speakers in whether or not they engage in prediction, but in how and when they engage in prediction, and what information they use to generate expectations about upcoming information. Taken together, these findings suggest that prediction is a universal mechanism of human language processing (and behaviour more generally), and that L1 and L2 speakers make adaptive use of this mechanism depending on its utility given their knowledge and processing goals.

Italian film showing today: Pazze di me / Women Drive Me Crazy (Fausto Brizzi, 2013)

Italian flagThe Italian film Una giornata particolare (Fausto Brizzi, 2013)(91 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 30th April 2018. Review, introduction and discussion by Benedetta Brossa, Modern Languages Erasmus student from Turin, Italy (English & Arabic). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

N.B. This is the last film of the season, so the discussion will take place over nibbles and drinks. You can bring some finger food or something to drink, but it is not a must.

In questa commedia si racconta la disgraziata vita di Andrea, unico maschio in una famiglia composta da sole donne alfa. A trent’anni non è ancora riuscito a lasciare il nido famigliare e a sfuggire alla morsa delle femmine squilibrate da cui è circondato: madre, tre sorelle, nonna, badante e cagnetta. Le sue storie sentimentali sono sempre state rovinate dalla presenza invadente della sua famiglia e per questo Andrea decide di tentare di salvare la sua relazione con Giulia attraverso un nuovo espediente: fingerà fin dall’inizio di essere orfano. Ma presto il suo piano inizia ad incrinarsi perché le vicende personali delle donne della sua famiglia vanno complicandosi e Andrea si trova a doverle gestire tutte. Riuscirà Andrea a conquistare la sua indipendenza, a trovare la felicità e a risolvere anche i problemi di tutte le donne della sua famiglia?

This comedy is about the unfortunate life of Andrea, the only man in a family consisting wholly of alpha females. He is thirty but he hasn’t been able to leave his family home and escape the oppression of the crazy women he is surrounded by: his mother, three sisters, grandmother, carer and the female dog. The stories of his love life are always ruined by his family sticking their nose in. For this reason, Andrea decides to save his relationship with Giulia with an elaborate lie: he pretends to be an orphan. However, this plan soon fails because of growing complications in his family’s stories that he is forced to deal with. Will Andrea be able to achieve his independence, find happiness and at the same time solve the problems of all the women in his life?

Italian film showing today: Una giornata particolare / A special day (Ettore Scola, 1977)

Italian flagThe Italian film Una giornata particolare (Ettore Scola, 1977)(105 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre C (please note the change of room from usual), Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 23rd April 2018. Review, introduction and discussion by Neil Tibbetts. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

In questo film del 1977 Sophia Loren e Marcello Mastroianni interpretano due vicini di casa che si conoscono per la prima volta quando sono gli unici due abitanti di un condominio rimasti a casa il giorno in cui Hitler è a Roma per una visita di Stato con Mussolini.

Le loro vite sono completamente diverse. Lei è la moglie di un attivista del partito fascista e una madre affaticata dalla cura di tanti figli. Lui, che abita da solo in uno degli appartamenti di fronte, vive nella paura di esser perseguitato dalle forze dello Stato fascista perché è anti-fascista e omosessuale.

Il film, un classico italiano degli anni ‘70 che ha vinto premi internazionali (César e Golden Globe) per miglior film in lingua straniera e che fu anche nominato agli Oscar, narra come questo incontro casuale tra Antonietta e Gabriele, due persone emarginate in una società patriarcale ed oppressiva, diventa una storia d’amore un po’ particolare.
In this 1977 film, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni play two neighbours who meet for the first time when they are the only two left in their block of flats on the day when Hitler comes to Rome on a State visit with Mussolini.

Their lives are completely different. She is the wife of a Fascist party activist and the exhausted mother of many children. He lives alone in an apartment opposite and is in fear of persecution by the Fascist state because he is anti-Fascist and homosexual.

This classic 1970s Italian film, winner of international prizes for best foreign film (César and Golden Globe) and nominated for an Oscar, tells the story of how this chance encounter between Antonietta and Gabriele, two marginalised people in an oppressive, patriarchal society, becomes a special kind of love story.