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SIGLTA meeting on Friday 20th April: An Investigation of Assessment Practices in Mexican EMI Programmes

You are cordially invited to attend the Special Interest Group in Language Testing and Assessment (SIGLTA) meeting. SIGLTA is a faculty-supported postgraduate student-led reading/research group. The meeting is at 17:00-18:00 on Friday 20/04/2018 in room 1097, Avenue Campus (building 65).

Abstract: Assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning practices, in fact, assessment is oriented to develop the students’ academic skills. However, nowadays in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) where the instruction is offered in a second language and where neither the teachers nor the students are native speakers of such language; assessment could represent a double challenge for the instructors. On the one hand, they have to design authentic, valid and reliable assessment tools that represents the proper students’ skills’ development in the topic to be learned; and on the other hand that shows enough evidence that the students are improving their language skills.

The aim of this study is to examine the assessment practices of content teachers in a University in Mexico where English language is used as the Medium of Instruction (EMI); and where the students are no required to prove language competences at the beginning of their courses. The objective is to evaluate to what extent content teachers are consciously including language features in their assessment practices and the level of integration of content and language in this particular programme. Overall, it is expected that the results of the data analysis and interviews with the content teachers could be used in the design of a framework to help content teachers to develop valid and reliable assessment tools in higher education in programmes where the main goal is the integration of content and language.

Biodata: Lizbeth Morales-Berlanga, 2nd year PhD student at the University of Southampton. Her research project specialises in assessment and language testing in EMI environments in Mexico and Latin America, her previous research provides information about teachers´ perspectives in assessing speaking skills in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. Her research interests include assessment methods and assessment practices in EAP, EMI, CLIL and ELF contexts.

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Next CLLEAR seminar: Beyond Borders, Beyond Words: Issues & Challenges in Developing An Open-Access Multimodal Corpus of L2 Academic English from A Sino-British University

CLLEAR

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 16:00 in Room 1173, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Beyond Borders, Beyond Words: Issues & Challenges in Developing An Open-Access Multimodal Corpus of L2 Academic English from A Sino-British University” and will be delivered by Dr. Yu-Hua Chen from the University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus. All welcome for the seminar and discussion!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

The Corpus of UNNC Chinese Academic Written and Spoken English (UNNC CAWSE) is an ongoing project which aims to build a large collection of Chinese students’ English language samples from one of the few English-medium instruction (EMI) universities in China. The campus creates a unique environment for teaching and learning and also provides exciting opportunities for linguistic studies into Academic English from diverse theoretical and analytical perspectives. The project collects students’ language samples from a variety of assessment tasks (both written and spoken) and speech events (spoken and multi-modal) from the preliminary-year programme at UNNC. The final product of UNNC CAWSE will offer open-access electronic resources (including a multi-modal subcorpus) available for researchers and practitioners who are interested in a wide range of topics, including for example Second Language Acquisition (SLA), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English as a Lingual Franca (ELF)/World Englishes, and many other aspects of the Written and Spoken English unique to this new corpus.

This talk will first introduce this unique UNNC CAWSE corpus including its design and construction process. Then various challenges and issues arising from using innovative approaches in constructing an L2 multimodal corpus will be described and discussed. Based on our current data transcription and annotation, some preliminary findings which share certain characteristics with ELF will also be presented.

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Southampton launches new EMI MOOC

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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Modern Languages to host BALEAP PIM on English Medium Instruction

BALEAP PIM - June 2016

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be hosting this year’s BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Avenue Campus. The event is entitled: EMI in Higher Education: the challenges and the opportunities.

This year’s event promises to be a whirlwind tour of Japan, the Sudan, Hungary, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Dubai, Malaysia, Bulgaria and Turkey, not to mention Ireland and the UK. Discussions will address a broad range of issues around English Medium Instruction and its interface with EAP, including ethics, training, assessment, NES versus NNES teachers, and language versus content.

For further details about the event, including how to register, visit the Modern Languages website.

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Modern Languages to host BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting

BALEAP PIM - June 2016

The University of Southampton, Department of Modern Languages is delighted to be hosting a BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Avenue Campus. The theme is “EMI in Higher Education: the challenges and the opportunities”.

The call for proposals has been extended until Monday 18th April. You can download the submission form here, and if you have any questions please email Mary Page. The themes for this event are as follows:
• How can the EAP tutor best serve the language needs of students in the multilingual, discipline-specific content classroom?
• Is the “E” in “EAP” the same as the “E” in “EMI”?
• Translanguaging in the HE language classroom
• Managing the balance between language knowledge and subject knowledge
• Assessment of language and content: issues for the EAP tutor.

For further information about the event, please visit the Call for Papers.

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Visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University for course in Teaching and Learning through the Medium of English

TPU

We are very pleased to welcome a group of 12 academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University who are studying with us for 2 weeks from Monday 16 November 2015 to Friday 27 November 2015. The delegates are participating in a course on “Teaching and Learning through the Medium of English”.

The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat. Welcome to our visitors and we hope you enjoy your time with us!

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Visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University for course in Delivering Through the Medium of English

TPU

We are very happy to welcome a group of 12 academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University who are be studying with us for 2 weeks beginning Monday 12 October 2015 through to Friday 23 October 2015. The delegates will be attending a “Delivering Through the Medium of English” course.

The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

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Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod

nn_logoModern Languages is pleased to welcome a group of academics from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, who are studying with us for one week from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July 2015. The delegates are attending “TKT exam preparation” and “EMI English as a Medium of Instruction” courses. We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us!

The delegates will be in the Avenue café from 11:00 to 11:30 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

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CGE seminar tomorrow: “Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in international universities from Europe and Asia

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 18th February 2015, from 5:00-7:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, “Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in international universities from Europe and Asia, and will be led by Julia Hüttner and Will Baker from Modern Languages, University of Southampton. All welcome! Read more…

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Modern Languages welcomes visitors from Tomsk Polytechnic University and Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod

Modern Languages is pleased to welcome several groups of academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, who are studying with us for two weeks from Monday 17 November to Friday 28 November 2014. The TPU delegates are participating in a course in “Teaching and Learning through the Medium of English (EMI)”, whilst the two groups from Nizhni Novgorod will be attending either “English for professional development and e-learning” or “Writing for publication”. We welcome the groups to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us!

The delegates will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

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