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Brazilian language students learn English online with retirees

The Independent has reported on a scheme in a Brazilian language school, which is helping students to improve their English by linking up with elderly Americans online. Some unlikely friendships have developed between the young Brazilian learners and the American retirees, many of whom live lonely lives in retirement homes.

To find out more about the scheme, read the full article on the Independent website.

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New issue of University of Southampton International English newsletter published

The second issue of the University of Southampton’s quarterly newsletter, International English, has been published by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS). The newsletter is designed for academics across the world who are using English professionally, whether teaching their discipline in English, or using English to promote their research at conferences. Read more…

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International students invited to sample British history and culture

International students from across the world will be attending an International Summer School at the University of Southampton in 2014. The Summer School will introduce participants to British culture, with classes in English Literature, Film Studies, History and Music, visits to historic places and cities including London and Bath, and organised social events.

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Does English still borrow words from other languages?

The BBC has published an article in which Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, discusses whether, having ‘borrowed’ words from other languages for centuries, English is now lending more than it is taking.

To read the article in full, visit the BBC website.

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CLLEAR seminar today: ‘Inspiring teachers: Multi-Word vocabulary and literacy development in children with English as an Additional Language’

Dr Victoria Murphy from the University of Oxford will be delivering a talk today, Wednesday 5th February, for the first CLLEAR seminar of the semester. The seminar will be taking place from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, at the University of Southampton, and is entitled, ‘Inspiring teachers: Multi-Word vocabulary and literacy development in children with English as an Additional Language’. All welcome!

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‘Teaching in higher education through the medium of English’ courses

The University of Southampton will be running a number of courses in “Teaching in higher education through the medium of English” over the coming year. Dates for the next two courses are 20th–24th January 2014 and 31st March–4th April 2014.

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Free online videos for English language teachers’ professional development

Modern Languages lecturer, Dr Julia Hüttner, has recently completed a project funded by the Higher Education Academy to produce a series of lesson recordings, with 16-18 year olds at a sixth form college in Hampshire and also of classes with international students at the University of Southampton.

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English for Engineers initiative launched

Laura Duncan and Ceri Dunn from the English Language section in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton have recently launched the results of a project they have been working on to help MSc students in Engineering and the Environment at Southampton to understand their assessed tasks.

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United Nations launches essay contest

The United Nations has launched an essay contest for college and university students in which students are asked to write an essay in one of its six official languages on the role of multilingualism in a globalised world.

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Quality in the multilingual classroom

The University of Southampton is involved in a large-scale European project called IntlUni which aims to explore the challenges and issues associated with the multilingual classroom and to establish quality criteria for international teaching.

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