- Welcome to our open days! 06/07/2018
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- Next TNS seminar: Transnational Religion: Textual Trails (Or how to domesticate the transnational) 11/05/2018
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- SIGLTA meeting on Thursday 10th May: Round table discussion: Integrated Language Testing 08/05/2018
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- Italian film showing today: Una giornata particolare / A special day (Ettore Scola, 1977) 23/04/2018
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Tag Archives: Mexico
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.
The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place on Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 5:15-6:45pm in Building 65 Room 1177 at Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Indigenous resistance in contemporary Mexico: The struggle of the Chiapas toques, the National Indigenous Congress and the proposal of an independent candidate to the presidency of the republic in 2018” and will be presented by Fortín Domínguez Rueda from the University of Guadalajara. All welcome! Please note that this talk will be delivered in Spanish. Read more…
The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) event will be a film screening and seminar, hosted jointly with the Department of Film, which will take place from 5:15-7:00pm on Wednesday 1st February 2017, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Hip Hop Revolución” (Documentary, Alborada Films, 60 mins, 2015) and will be presented by the documentary director, Pablo Navarrete. All welcome!
Here is the abstract for this seminar:
British activist Jody McIntyre travels to Venezuela with UK-Iraqi rapper Lowkey to spend time with ‘Hip Hop Revolución’, a dynamic collective of musical revolutionaries. They witness their inspiring grassroots work and share music and ideas, exploring the cultural and political changes taking place in the country. At its heart, this film is about the power of music, community and the spirit of rebellion.
Pablo Navarrete will be joining us to discuss the film after the screening. He is a British-Chilean journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the founder and editor of www.alborada.net, a website covering Latin America related issues such as politics, media and culture and is co-editor of Alborada Magazine. Besides directing acclaimed films and work for television, he has co-authored a book on Venezuelan politics and spoken and written on many occasions about Latin American political issues.
Next MeXsu seminar: ‘Volcano activity and other possible natural hazards in Mexico and its impact on the surrounding rural communities and urban settlements’
The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place at 6pm on Friday 16th December 2016, in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Volcano activity and other possible natural hazards in Mexico and its impact on the surrounding rural communities and urban settlements” and will be presented by Dr Carlos Valdés Gonzales, General Director CENAPRED, National Centre for Disaster Prevention in Mexico.
In the seminar, Dr Valdés will explain how different natural hazards are monitored on daily basis in order to ensure the safety of the populations at risk in México. When disaster strikes, effective and early warnings are paramount. How can Mexico hold an excellent record for ensuring its population safety since the mayor earthquake in 1986? All welcome! Wine and refreshments will be served.
There has been an altar celebrating the Day of the Dead at the Avenue Campus at the University of Southampton each year for a number of years, and this year is no exception!
In Mexico, Día de los Muertos which, despite the name, celebrates life, is celebrated on 2nd November with a national holiday. You can find out about how Mexico City has been celebrating in this report on the Guardian website.
Over the two weeks that the altar is on display at the Avenue Campus, schools will be visiting to learn more about the tradition and learn some Spanish. The altar can be visited at Avenue Campus until 11th November.
Next MeXsu seminar: “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London”
The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “Onwards and downwards: labour market experiences of onward Latin American migrants in London” and will be presented by Cathy McIlwaine from the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London. The seminar will include a short film on the experiences of Latin American onward migrants in the city. All welcome!
Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Drawing on recent research with the Latin American community in London, this seminar outlines the particular experiences of Latin Americans who have migrated from other European countries with a specific focus on their labour market experiences. In conceptually re-thinking the notion of the ‘migrant division of labour’ (Wills et al, 2010), the discussion will explore how the global economic crisis prompted increased movement from Spain in particular and how perceived employment opportunities in London attracted migrants to the city. It highlights how in moving onwards, Latin Americans can secure low-paid work in cleaning, which effectively represents downward occupational mobility. Yet, while cosmopolitan London is deregulated market of migrant division of labour exploitation, it is also a paradoxical space of migrant rights and convivial life. As such, the paper argued that the process of onward migration complicates how we think about any continuum of labour exploitation.
Next MeXsu seminar: “Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context.”
The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will take place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 20th April 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico. Circuits and conjunctures in a transnational context’ and will be presented by Dr José Juan Olvera Gudiño (CIESAS Unidad Noreste, Monterrey, Mexico). All welcome! Please note that this paper will be presented in Spanish (with Powerpoint slides in English). Translators will be on hand for questions.
Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This paper will provide a sociological perspective on popular music and migration in the northeast of Mexico and the south of Texas. It will analyze and reflect on: a) differentiated circuits of migration (regional and bi-national), and particular socio-cultural dynamics; b) how these human mobilities combine with the cultural industries and their impact on the configuration of musical cultures in the Northeast; c) the specificity of place in understanding these dynamics. I explore this with three cases drawing on empirical work I have conducted over the last two decades: the ‘Colombian music of Monterrey’, conjunto norteño music (accordion and bajo sexto) and rap music.
The next Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MeXsu) seminar will be taking place from 5:00-6:30pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Racism, privilege and whiteness in Mexico’ and will be presented by Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa Fellow in Social Sciences, Downing College Sociology, University of Cambridge. All welcome! Read more…
This year’s Mexico Week, organised by MeXsu in collaboration with the student Mexican Society, promises a week of varied and exciting activities and events to showcase contemporary Mexico. These will take place both in the University and across the City, from 27th October to 4th November 2015, in partnership with organisations including the Phoenix Film Society, the City Council, Solent University, Turner Sims Concert Hall and Element Arts. There are also two other city-wide events happening during Mexico Week: the Southampton Film Festival and the So: To Speak cultural event.
In celebration of the special ‘UK-Mexico Cultural Year 2015’, MeXsu (Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration) will be hosting a day of talks and exhibitions as part of Mexico Week around the theme of ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Mexico’, taking place on Saturday 31 October from 10:00 to 15:00 at the University of Southampton Avenue Campus. The event will include talks on the current threats to Mexico’s social, cultural and ecological environment from political and social to natural influences, and discussions around culture and music in contemporary Mexico.
For further details about this event, including information on how to book your free place, visit the Humanities events pages.