The Call for Papers for the 2019 eLearning Symposium has been extended! The new deadline will be 31st October 2018, with presenters to be notified of acceptance by 15th November.
Back in June, I gladly waved goodbye to Avenue campus, having spent the last few months hunkered down in its corridors hunched over my laptop, exasperated in my efforts not to write 8,000 words of waffle in lieu of a dissertation. Yet, I found myself not a month later returning to campus to start a 3-month internship with the online MA programme in English Language Teaching.
For many students of English and French progressing into teaching is the natural next step, nourished by working abroad with the British Council in their third year or taking part in language outreach programmes with local schools. However, as someone who had decidedly avoided anything to do with linguistics or teaching for fear of classrooms full of screaming, snotty-nosed children (not that many of my classes at university were much different), I was surprised to find myself quickly hooked by the programme and the work at hand.
I think it is fair to say that the position was somewhat undersold, with the task at hand advertised chiefly as content migration. Previously hosted on Moodle, myself and another intern were responsible for transporting the course to Blackboard. Thankfully, this turned out to be a smaller portion of the work than I’d imagined and the summer was not spent mindlessly clicking copy and paste.
The move to Blackboard presented the opportunity to refresh the course a bit, and our goal was to create a welcoming environment and try to create a sense of community and identity for the course through its online learning environment. Students and tutors of the course are based across the globe, therefore it was important to create a (virtual) space that linked them to each other and made them feel connected to the university itself too. To this end, we’ve spent time a lot of time editing videos and graphics for the course, creating personal and study support materials for the students, and exploring and testing various sites and computer programs for educational interaction.
The internship also afforded the opportunity to reflect on my own language learning at university. Skimming through the course checking for broken links and other glitches I had numerous lightbulb moments where the theories and concepts explored in the course content shed light on my experiences in French classes over the last 4 years.
Overall, the experience has been engaging and massively educational. I’ve learned a lot about virtual learning environments, teaching and education, and language acquisition, which has ignited a keen interest in an area I had previously overlooked.
Welcome to everyone coming to the University of Southampton open days this weekend!
Enjoy your day!
If you can’t make our open days in person, why not explore Avenue Campus virtually?
Following a three-year break, the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton is delighted to invite you to the new re-branded eLearning symposium, previously successfully run by LLAS, the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.
The Symposium will take place on Friday 25th January 2019 and the theme is “New perspectives: eLearning symposium rebooted. Language learning and technology in new educational landscapes.”
The key dates and further information can be found on the event website and Twitter account. If you have any questions, please email Erin Forward, the Conference Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our collaboration centres on research-informed practice and practice-informed research. Southampton Modern Languages & Linguistics researchers and primary school FL practitioners continue to collaborate to explore FL literacy practices through knowledge sharing and co-construction. Our 2017-18 workshops were funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account award and we’ve just secured additional ESRC funding to continue these through 2018-19.
Visit https://www.soton.ac.uk/supl to find out more about how our partner teachers are engaging in innovative practice and reflecting on their languages classrooms.
Welcome to everyone coming to the University of Southampton open days today! You can find out more about what’s on offer on the official University open day website and by following #UoSOpenDay on Twitter.
You can also find out more from the Open Day Programme of events.
Enjoy your day!
Modern Languages and Linguistics will be hosting two Outreach events this week as part of our commitment to engage with local secondary schools. On Wednesday 13th June, 120 Year 8 pupils will join us at Avenue Campus for a day full activities based on the Wearable Technology theme and language taster sessions in the afternoon when pupils will have the chance to try a new language.
On Thursday 14th June we will have 140 Year 10 pupils attending our Study Day: the theme is music and foreign language learning.
The events have sold out after only one day of being advertised, confirming the enormous interest and strong links between the University of Southampton and local schools.
On Sunday 3rd December, staff and students from Modern Languages and Linguistics took part in a charity football match in aid of Bitola Children’s Home in Macedonia. There is a full report on the Wessex Scene website and the JustGiving page is still open. The match was devised by George Moran, a current Modern Languages and Linguistics student at the University who lived at Bitola until the age of 3.