eLearning Symposium – Humans and the machine


The 11th LLAS eLearning Symposium was held on January 21-22 at the University of Southampton. The Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) is part of Modern Languages at Southampton, and this annual event has become an established fixture for the language-teaching community to come together and share their work. Read more…

Registration now open for LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016

eLearning Symposium

Registration is now open for the LLAS 11th eLearning Symposium 2016 which will be held at Avenue Campus, University of Southampton on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd January 2016.

For information on keynote speakers, the range of topics to be covered in presentations and workshops, and for details on how to register, visit the event page on the LLAS website.

Live online chat today: Finding a graduate job abroad

Students looking for advice on finding work abroad may be interested in a live online chat session taking place today, Wednesday 8 July from 1-3pm. Panelists include Lizzie Fane, founder of ThirdYearAbroad.com, and Vicky McNeil-Kornevall, co-founder of WorkingAbroad.com, amongst other experts. Areas to be discussed during the live chat session include: how to find a job abroad; which countries have the best opportunities for graduates; the obstacles and challenges of working abroad; and what to think about before you travel.

Further information on the live chat, including how to participate, can be found on the Guardian website.

Ask the experts webinar: Working as a translator or interpreter

routes_into_languages_live_smlRoutes into Languages is holding a webinar on 10th July at 12:30pm for linguists with an interest in translation and interpreting for the private and public sectors. Aimed at students, teachers and trainers, the webinar will be hosted by a panel of experts including teachers, practitioners, academics and students, who will be answering questions about working as a translator or interpreter.
This is the first in a series of webinars being launched by Routes into Languages, which will focus on employability for language students.

For further information about the webinar, visit the event page on the Routes into Languages website.

Modern Languages Open: A peer-reviewed open access platform

Modern Languages Open (MLO) is a peer-reviewed platform, published by Liverpool University Press in partnership with the University of Liverpool Library, hosting the open access publication of research from modern languages for a global audience. The platform includes sections on Chinese/Asian languages; French and Francophone; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian; Portuguese and Lusophone; and Russian and Eastern European Languages.

For further information, visit the Modern Languages Open website.

Recorded sessions now available from 10th LLAS e-learning symposium

Sessions from last week’s successful 10th anniversary LLAS e-learning symposium are now available online. Speakers presented on a range of topics from mobile learning, to Twitter for Italian, online interpreting, screencasting for pronunciation, open educational practice, e-portfolios, blended tandem learning, MOOCs and much more. Read more…

New online platform for finding and comparing language courses launched

LanguageLearningPortal.com, a new online platform that aims to help prospective language learners globally to search for, compare and select language courses that correspond to their needs, has recently been launched through a partnership between the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) at the University of Southampton, StudyPortals and Linguaid, as part of the Hello! Home of European Language Learning Opportunities project. Read more…

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.

Is it possible to learn a language with just a smartphone?

The Guardian has reported on the progress of an online language learning challenge that it recently launched, in which it is following the progress of a self-proclaimed ‘tech lover’ who is trying to learn Spanish using just a smartphone.

Find out more about the challenge on the Guardian website.