InnoConf19 on 28th June: Treasuring languages: innovative and creative approaches in HE

InnoConf 2019

It is with great pleasure that Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton are hosting the 9th annual conference in the Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University series, InnoConf19, this year. The conference will take place on Friday 28th June 2019. We are delighted to have professionals involved in the teaching and learning of languages share their expertise, innovative approaches and creative solutions to face the challenges ahead surrounding language teaching.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Treasuring languages: innovative and creative approaches in HE’. This theme aims to ignite discussions and seek innovative approaches dealing with creative ways to raise awareness about the value of learning languages.

You can follow the conference Twitter account at @innoconf. For further details about the conference, including the provisional programme, visit the InnoConf19 homepage. All welcome – please register for InnoConf19 here! We look forward to seeing you there!

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 modules nominated for University of Southampton VLE awards

VLE AwardsFour modules from Modern Languages have made it to the final shortlist for the 2016 University of Southampton VLE Awards. All of these modules were nominated by students and included on a shortlist of just 36 modules throughout the whole University:
GERM3016 – Language and the city
LING6018 – Language analysis for teaching
LING6019 – E-learning for English Language Teaching
SPAN9013 – Spanish stage 7

The awards ceremony will take place at 12:30 on Thursday 5th May in the Hartley Suite at Highfield. For the full list of nominated modules, see the VLE Awards page – and watch this blog to see how we get on!

ML ELearning Group pre-Christmas meeting

ML elearning group

The Modern Languages eLearning Group at the University of Southampton held a pre-Christmas informal meeting on Monday 14th December over coffee and mince pies to share elearning projects and research. Several members of the group demonstrated their latest work, and topics covered included the Skills 4 Business blended learning course (Sarah Winspear); using apps such as Quizlet to support vocabulary learning (Bianca Belgiorno); student-made videos for MLang modules (Adriana Patino); using Articulate for library training resources (Laura Diez-Cobo); a preview of the SoGerman website launching in early 2016 (Patrick Stevenson) and Smartskills – Independent Learning blended learning modules for international students (Vanessa Mar Molinero).

This meeting provided a small sample of elearning activity currently being undertaken by Modern Languages staff. Staff contribute new blog posts regularly about their work and these can be found in the ML eLearning Group blog.

Registration now open for LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016

eLearning Symposium

Registration is now open for the LLAS 11th eLearning Symposium 2016 which will be held at Avenue Campus, University of Southampton on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd January 2016.

For information on keynote speakers, the range of topics to be covered in presentations and workshops, and for details on how to register, visit the event page on the LLAS website.

Call for contributions extended – LLAS e-learning symposium 2016

Submissions deadline EXTENDED to Wednesday 21st October 2015

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!

LLAS, Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the 11th annual e-learning symposium, on 21st-22nd January 2016. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words.

Topics and further information can be found at:

Successful applicants will be notified asap and will be assigned a session on receipt of conference registration and fee. If you have any questions about this call for contributions or would like feedback on your draft abstract please contact Kate Borthwick before 15th October 2015.

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!

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.