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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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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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