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.

Welcome Freshers!

Welcome to all of our freshers who will be starting degrees here in Modern Languages and Linguistics this week. We hope you will have a fantastic experience!

You can find out more on the Undergraduate welcome pages and the Postgraduate welcome pages, as well as the University’s welcome website.

Student Life: An internship with the MA in ELT: Online

Back in June, I gladly waved goodbye to Avenue campus, having spent the last few months hunkered down in its corridors hunched over my laptop, exasperated in my efforts not to write 8,000 words of waffle in lieu of a dissertation. Yet, I found myself not a month later returning to campus to start a 3-month internship with the online MA programme in English Language Teaching.

For many students of English and French progressing into teaching is the natural next step, nourished by working abroad with the British Council in their third year or taking part in language outreach programmes with local schools. However, as someone who had decidedly avoided anything to do with linguistics or teaching for fear of classrooms full of screaming, snotty-nosed children (not that many of my classes at university were much different), I was surprised to find myself quickly hooked by the programme and the work at hand.Online MA in ELT ident

I think it is fair to say that the position was somewhat undersold, with the task at hand advertised chiefly as content migration. Previously hosted on Moodle, myself and another intern were responsible for transporting the course to Blackboard. Thankfully, this turned out to be a smaller portion of the work than I’d imagined and the summer was not spent mindlessly clicking copy and paste.

The move to Blackboard presented the opportunity to refresh the course a bit, and our goal was to create a welcoming environment and try to create a sense of community and identity for the course through its online learning environment. Students and tutors of the course are based across the globe, therefore it was important to create a (virtual) space that linked them to each other and made them feel connected to the university itself too. To this end, we’ve spent time a lot of time editing videos and graphics for the course, creating personal and study support materials for the students, and exploring and testing various sites and computer programs for educational interaction.

The internship also afforded the opportunity to reflect on my own language learning at university. Skimming through the course checking for broken links and other glitches I had numerous lightbulb moments where the theories and concepts explored in the course content shed light on my experiences in French classes over the last 4 years.

Overall, the experience has been engaging and massively educational. I’ve learned a lot about virtual learning environments, teaching and education, and language acquisition, which has ignited a keen interest in an area I had previously overlooked.

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!