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Welcome to new and returning students and tutors on the Online MA in ELT!

MA in ELT: Online

As the University of Southampton campuses start buzzing again with new arrivals and returnees for the new semester, we would like to extend our welcome to all students and tutors, new and returning, on the University’s Online MA in English Language Teaching. The Online MA programme has been running since 2007, and with our new cohort of 47 students this semester, numbers have now increased to 130 students studying with us from 27 different countries – a truly diverse and global group!

From wherever you are based in the world, we hope you can feel part of the University of Southampton community, and invite you to keep connected online. You can follow us on Twitter @MAELTOnline for regular updates and information related to the programme. You can also keep in touch with us in Modern Languages through our Twitter account @ModernLangs and the Languages at Southampton blog, which is regularly updated with languages-related news and events, as well as the Faculty of Humanities Twitter account @HumanitiesUoS and other University of Southampton websites and social media. If you haven’t had the chance to visit us in Southampton, you may also like to take a virtual tour of the University of Southampton campuses on the University’s Virtual Open Day website.

We welcome everyone to the new semester and hope that you have an enjoyable and rewarding experience studying with us!

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Happy New Year from Languages at Southampton!


Happy New Year 2016 to all followers of our Languages at Southampton blog! Keep an eye on our blog and Modern Languages Twitter to keep updated on Modern Languages events and language-related news this year.

If you are thinking of continuing your language learning in 2016, don’t miss your chance to sign up to the series of Modern Languages evening courses starting this month!

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Modern Languages launches new eLearning Group

eLearning Group

Modern Languages at Southampton has recently launched an eLearning Group, consisting of staff members from across the department with an interest in eLearning and blended learning. The group aims to enable it members to meet on a regular basis, explore how colleagues are making use of online tools in their day-to-day teaching and share best practice in this area. The group has a blog, which presents examples of pedagogic research into blended learning from across the department. The blog already features an account of using Twitter with Italian beginners to develop cultural awareness and communicative language skills, and a recent study exploring the role of international students as agents of change on the online course ‘Get Ready for Southampton’, coordinated by the eLanguages team.

Keep an eye on the group blog, and the Languages at Southampton blog, for further updates on Modern Languages eLearning Group activities!

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Modern Languages eLearning Group launched

ML eLearning Group badgeModern Languages has launched a new eLearning Group. The Group has a blog which will feature the eLearning projects that our staff are engaged in, and report on our wide-ranging research and publications in this area. Some of the subjects being covered include the TwitTIAMO Project; Get Ready for Languages; free Digital Literacies learning resources, an Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching MOOC; our online MA in ELT programme and blogging from abroad.

If you would like to be notified of regular blog updates please follow us on Twitter @ModernLangs or subscribe to the RSS feed on the eLearning Group blog.

See more details at the Modern Languages eLearning Group blog.

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Languages at Southampton blog hits 500 posts!


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Anthony Roderman (Flickr)

This week, Modern Languages celebrates its 500th blog post on the Languages at Southampton blog! The blog was established in 2012 to provide our followers – staff, students and others with an interest in Modern Languages at Southampton alike – with news updates and information about language related events.

We have reported on the successes of our students such as Modern Languages PhD student Elsa Fernanda Gonzalez’s recent British Council Assessment Research Award, our staff, and on Modern Languages events and activities such as the annual e-learning symposium and our Lifelong Learning programme; new resources such as the new PAL system (Pay Access and Learn), the Digital Literacies Toolkit, and the Prepare for Success blog as well as news items in the world of language learning related to themes such as multilingualism and online learning.

Thank you to all our followers for your support and contributions and do continue to follow the action on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs!

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New Study Abroad Bloggers for Humanities

Five new Study Abroad Bloggers, all undergraduate Southampton Humanities students currently on their third year abroad study/work placements, have been selected across a variety of Humanities disciplines. The bloggers will be writing about their experiences from the very beginning of their journey as they step into the unknown, right up until the end of their trips as they arrive back in Southampton in the summer of 2015. They will be offering advice for anyone who may be thinking of taking up a similar opportunity, and sharing their personal anecdotes and stories.

For further information about the bloggers, visit the Humanities website.

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Modern Languages staff participate in successful LangOER webinar

Kate Borthwick from Modern Languages was amongst a panel of speakers in a webinar earlier this month entitled ‘Open Educational Resources for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how will we tackle them?’ Around 70 participants were involved in the live event, in which Sylvi Vigmo from the University of Gothenburg and Anna-Comas Quinn from the Open University also presented.

For further information about this event, and for access to the webinar recording visit this blog site.

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The role of language and technologies in deaf culture

The BBC has recently published a blog post discussing some of the lesser-known aspects of deaf culture, focusing in particular on the role of sign language for deaf people, sign language varieties across the world and the role of technologies in helping people who are deaf.

To read the post in full, visit the BBC blog website.

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Prepare for Success: free online learning resources for international students

Prepare for Success
International students who are about to begin studying in the UK and their teachers may find the study skills and EAP resources in Prepare for Success really useful. The resources on the Prepare for Success website, which was designed by the eLanguages team in Modern Languages here at Southampton, are free for anyone to use.

They include interactive learning activities about academic life in the UK, a frequently asked questions page, and a blog about study and life for international students in the UK. Prepare for Success is aimed at international students whose first language is not English and is suitable for students with an IELTS level between 5.5 and 7.5.

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British Council highlights University of Southampton Online Masters Programme in English Language Teaching

The British Council has reported on the experiences of Online MA in ELT student Natanael Delgado, a lecturer and former primary school teacher from Mexico, in a recent blog post.

To read the post in full, visit the British Council blog. For further details on the University of Southampton Online MA in ELT, visit the University of Southampton Humanities website.

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