Next TNS seminar: ‘German and its Worlds: Situating the National and the Transnational in Teaching and Research’


Benedict Schofield from King’s College London will be speaking at the next Centre for Transnational Studies seminar taking place on Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 5-6:30pm in Room 1177, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘German and its Worlds: Situating the National and the Transnational in Teaching and Research’. All staff and students are welcome! Here is the abstract:

Where does German Studies as a discipline sit in relation to the transnational, and what role can the transnational play in helping us do German Studies differently? This talk considers the ways in which the transnational can function as a positive force for generating new ideas, both in teaching and research, for the wide interdisciplinary field that is German Studies. It will look at recent transnational projects, such as Transnational German Studies (directed at undergraduates) and German in the World (directed at researchers), alongside case studies from my own research on Anglo-German relations, which pose questions about the many different meanings we project on the term ‘transnational’. Is the transnational more than a descriptive term, identifying particular forms or moments of cultural motion, transfer and translation? If so, how can it also function as a key mode of enquiry – a form of Modern Languages methodology – that underpins our work as scholars and teachers of German Studies? And how might this in turn help us express more clearly the value and impact of our discipline at a time of perceived crisis?

Try a language taster at our Lifelong Learning Taster Day

Lifelong Learning

Thinking of starting a new language, or progressing your language skills in the new academic year? If so, why not join us for our Lifelong Learning Taster Day on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Avenue Campus? You can participate in a short taster course in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish or Chinese, and meet some of our tutors.

The event is free of change. You can register for sessions online, and bookings for the taster day will close at 6pm on Monday 11th September. Please email with any queries.

Modern Languages to welcome Year 12 students for Study Day

Modern Languages

Modern Languages will welcome 40 Year 12 students from 6 schools across the south east to Avenue Campus next Wednesday 18th January for a Year 12 Study Day. This will be the first of two events in the year for Year 12 students to think about studying languages at university. There will be sessions on cultural topics, grammar and speaking in French, German or Spanish, plus the chance to do an ab initio session in another language (such as Chinese or Portuguese). There will also be a student panel session, where students will have the opportunity to ask our own students about studying languages at university, and find out first-hand about the year abroad and other aspects of student life.

Visiting students may be interested to check out our resource Get Ready for Languages, which aims to guide you to useful information about your life as a Modern Languages student at Southampton. You can read about staff in the Modern Languages department, discover what sorts of things Modern Languages students, past and present, are getting up to, and explore some of the modules you might decide to do. All this and more! To keep updated on Modern Languages events and languages-related news, you can also follow us on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs.

We welcome all students to Avenue Campus and hope you enjoy your time with us!

Climax of the Southampton German Festival tomorrow!

SoGerman poster

Tomorrow will be the final day ofthe 2016 Southampton German (SoGerman) Festival. Full details of the programme can be found on the SoGerman website, and you can also follow SoGerman on Twitter.

To read more about the Southampton German Festival and to view the flyer and festival programme, visit the Humanities website.

Modern Languages launches Southampton German Festival

German Festival

The Department of Modern Languages at Southampton has teamed up with the Winchester Poetry Festival and the Phoenix Film Theatre for its forthcoming ‘Southampton German Festival’, which aims to introduce different facets of contemporary ‘German’ culture through an exciting range of cultural activities, catering for different tastes and including family friendly activities.

Activities in October include a Viennese Bake-Off, acting workshops, waltzing lessons, German language tasters and much more! During the festival, Modern Languages will also be launching its student website SoGerman, created by Erasmus+ trainees from the University of Münster in collaboration with staff and students in Modern Languages. The website is aimed at school and college students, and is designed to help students develop an interest in German language and culture, as part of the national Think German Network Initiative.

To read more about the Southampton German Festival and to view the flyer and festival programme, visit the Humanities website.

Modern Languages offers Lifelong Learning intensive summer courses

Modern Languages

Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton has announced that it will be offering a 15-hour intensive language programme this summer, which will take place over five evenings between Monday 27th June and Wednesday 15th July, between 18:00 and 21:00.

The course is aimed at those with no prior knowledge of the language, and will focus on skills required in a range of everyday situations. The course will also provide useful cultural information for tourists and business travellers, and is well suited to those who will be visiting the country, or who wish to try learning a language before registering for a longer course. This year, the languages on offer are: Russian, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and French.

For further details about the courses, visit the Lifelong Learning website, and to book your place, visit the Online Store.

Grab an opportunity to do a free intensive language course

Santander UniversitiesBetween 8 and 15 June 2016, Santander Universities are sponsoring free intensive language courses for students at total beginner level in four languages: French, Spanish, German and Mandarin. Places are limited, so act quickly to find out more and book your place.

Modern Languages disciplines in top 10 of latest Complete University Guide

French, German, Iberian Languages and Linguistics all feature in the top 10 for their section of the Complete University Guide, consolidating the University of Southampton’s overall position of 17th in the recently published table. French is attributed particular success with a rise this year by 8 places in the table to 5th position overall.

Prospective students for these disciplines in Modern Languages may wish to look at our online resource, Get Ready for Languages, to explore some of the reasons for our success!

Practise your language skills at Nuffield Theatre Eddie Izzard performance


French and German language learners may be interested in practising their listening skills at Eddie Izzard’s upcoming performance of his tour show Force Majeure at the Nuffield Theatre on Wednesday 25th May. He will perform 3 times in 3 languages (English, French and German) over 3 one hour shows.

Visit the Nuffield Theatre website for further details and to book your place!

Last chance to book your place with the Southampton Language Opportunity!

Southampton Language Opportunity

The Southampton Language Opportunity currently still has places available for language courses starting in the week beginning Monday 25th January, in Arabic 1a, Portuguese 1a, German 2a and Russian 1a. The Southampton Language Opportunity, which offers students the chance to learn a new language free of charge alongside their degree, is also running a new 6-week course in Intercultural Communication.

For further details on the courses and on how to book your place via the University online store, visit the University of Southampton blog site.