Next CLLEAR seminar: The effects of structured-input and structured-output tasks on the acquisition of English causative

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 16:00 in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “The effects of structured-input and structured-output tasks on the acquisition of English causative” and will be delivered by Alessandro Benati from the University of Portsmouth. All welcome for the seminar and discussion!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

The experimental study presented in this paper (Benati and Batziou, 2017, 2018) considered the effects of structured-input and structured-output tasks when delivered in isolation and in combination. The effects of three different treatments (structured-input only; structured-output only; and a combination of structured-input and structured-output practice) were measured on the acquisition of English causative forms (feature affected by The First Noun Principle). Chinese adults and Greek school-age learners learning English participated in the study. Interpretation and production tests (sentence and discourse) were used as pre-test, immediate post-test, and delayed post-test. Results show that learners benefit from structured-input practice and maintain their ability to interpret and produce the target feature after that practice.

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Italian film showing today: La bella società (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2010)
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The Italian film, La bella società (Gian Paolo Cugno, 2010) (100 minutes, Italian subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 16th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

La storia inizia negli anni ’50 in un luogo sperduto e desolato della Sicilia e finisce negli anni ’80 nel Piemonte operaio segnato dalle proteste studenteche. Il film racconta la storia di due fratelli sullo sfondo di un periodo storico caratterizzato da profondi cambiamenti. È un po’ come un giallo non solo perché è pieno di momenti di suspense ma anche perché le molte cose che succedono ai due protagonisti sono in apparenza misteriose. È un film con bellissimi paesaggi ed inquadratue stupende che ci dipinge un ambiente sociale caratterizzato da rapporti basati su ‘cose mai dette’ o ‘cose dette a metà’. Succedono molte cose ma una cosa è certa: due uomini, che i due fratelli conoscono bene, spariscono nel nulla e per capire perché bisogna vedere il film.

This film follows the lives of two brothers from their childhood in the 1950s to when they are adults in the 1980s. It starts off in a desolate area of Sicily and ends up in the world of student and workers’ demonstrations in Turin. The changes that are occurring in Italy at this time are, however, only the backdrop, since the film is a bit like a mystery or a “whodunit” story because we, like the protagonists, don’t always immediately understand what is happening. The beautiful scenery, clever close-ups and rather skillful depiction of a society where many things are never spoken of or, if they are, they are only half uttered, makes this film mysterious and appealing. One thing we do know is that two men known to the brothers disappear and we will want to find out why.

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Welcome to our University Open Day!

Tomorrow, Saturday 14th October, the University of Southampton will be hosting its final open day of 2017. Welcome to everyone who will be coming! You can find more details of this on the Plan your Open Day page – be sure to look out for the Modern Languages and Linguistics stands!

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CGE Research Seminar today: Launching the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place today, Wednesday 11th October 2017 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar celebrates the launch of the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca by Will Baker, Martin Dewey and Jennifer Jenkins. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Last month, Routledge published the first ever Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca. For our first research CGE seminar of this new year, we therefore decided that it would be appropriate to focus on the Handbook and its historic place in the development of ELF research. Jennifer Jenkins’s brief introduction will consider why such a Handbook was needed at this time in ELF’s trajectory and discuss the Handbook’s development. The three co-editors, Will Baker, Martin Dewey, and Jennifer Jenkins, will then each say a few words about their own Handbook chapter (respectively, ‘ELF and Intercultural Communication’, ‘ELF and Teacher Education’, and ‘The Future of ELF?’). This will be followed by a reception during which wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served, and a copy of the Routledge Handbook of ELF will be raffled. For the purposes of the raffle, each member of the audience will be issued with a raffle ticket on arrival at the seminar.

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New Italian film season starts today: Veloce come il vento (Matteo Rovere, 2016)
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The Italian film, Veloce come il vento (Matteo Rovere, 2016 – 114 min) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 9th October 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Paola Visconti. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

Il primo film di questa rassegna è una storia familiare complessa e drammatica ambientata nel mondo delle corse automobilistiche. I protagonisti sono due fratelli di Imola, Emilia Romagna: Giulia a soli 17 anni partecipa al Campionato GT sotto la guida di suo padre; suo fratello, Loris, molto più grande di lei, era una volta campione di rally ma adesso è tossicodipendente. I due, che non si vedevano da 10 anni, si riavvicinano dopo la morte improvvisa del padre. Il film è un susseguirsi di eventi drammatici, corse su piste ed inseguimenti per le strade di Imola, ma non è un tipico film del mondo dello sport: è un bel film su come possono essere difficili, ma anche molto gratificanti, i rapporti familiari.
The first film of this season is the dramatic and complex story of a motor racing family. The protagonists are a sister and a brother from Imola in Emilia Romagna: Giulia is only 17 but is already taking part in GT races under the guidance of her father; her brother, Loris, who is much older than she, is a former rally champion but is now a drug addict. The two get to know each other again, after 10 years of separation, when their father suddenly dies. The film is exhilarating because it gives us plenty of dramatic moments, racing track scenes and car chases through the town of Imola. It is not, however, a typical sports film because it is mainly about family relationships and how rewarding they can be even when they are difficult.

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Become a Global Citizen – Learn a language at Southampton!
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There are hundreds of reasons to learn a language at Southampton – what are yours?

Here are the choices for learning a language at Southampton:

Within your degree – Centre for Language Study

• beginners to advanced
• 1- or 2-semester modules
• language minors available

Alongside your degree – Language Opportunity

• beginners to intermediate
• up to 20 hours of free language study
• weekly classes or one-week intensive course

Self-access – Library and Learning Commons

• language advisory service (face-to-face and Skype)
• language-learning resources at Avenue Campus
• online language learning

To find out more, click on the links above or on the left-hand menu, or see the Modern Languages website.

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Try a language taster at our Lifelong Learning Taster Day
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Thinking of starting a new language, or progressing your language skills in the new academic year? If so, why not join us for our Lifelong Learning Taster Day on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Avenue Campus? You can participate in a short taster course in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish or Chinese, and meet some of our tutors.

The event is free of change. You can register for sessions online, and bookings for the taster day will close at 6pm on Monday 11th September. Please email with any queries.

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Modern Languages graduation today!

Many of our new graduates in Modern Languages are attending Summer Graduation at the University of Southampton today, and are graduating alongside other students from the Faculty of 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.

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Southampton launches new EMI MOOC

Modern Languages and Linguistics in collaboration with the Academic Centre for International Students (ACIS) at the University of Southampton launches its new MOOC on English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) today (Monday 26th June 2017).

As a course participant, you will learn about current EMI practice, increase your confidence in using English, and work to grow your intercultural skills. We are looking forward to welcoming more than 1200 learners to the course today and sharing our thoughts and experiences about EMI.

Find out more about the course and how to sign up on the course FutureLearn page.

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Next TNS seminar: ‘Linguistics, Ethnography and Identities’

Professor Ben Rampton from King’s College London will be speaking at the next Centre for Transnational Studies seminar taking place on 21st June 2017 from 4-6pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus. The seminar, entitled ‘Linguistics, Ethnography and Identities’, will begin with a 20-25 minute presentation which will be followed by an open discussion.

Professor Ben Rampton’s work involves ethnographic and interactional discourse analysis, cross-referring to work in anthropology, sociology, cultural and security studies. His publications focus on language in relation to urban multilingualism, youth, popular culture, ethnicities, class, (in)securitisation, education, second language learning, and research methodology.

For further details about this event, please visit the Modern Languages and Linguistics website.

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