Open days this weekend

September 2018 open daysWelcome to everyone coming to the University of Southampton open days this weekend!

You can find out more about what’s on offer on the official University open day website and by following #UoSOpenDay on Twitter.

Don’t forget you can also follow our Twitter account @ModernLangs and take a look at our departmental website.

Enjoy your day!

Book your place on our forthcoming Open Days!

Avenue CampusThere are still spaces for our open days coming up in just over a week on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September! You can book your place using this booking form.

You can follow our Twitter account @ModernLangs and take a look at our departmental website. You can also follow the day using the hashtag #UoSOpenDay on Twitter.

If you can’t make our open days in person, why not explore Avenue Campus virtually?

Welcome to our open days!

July 2018 open daysWelcome 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.

Don’t forget you can also follow our Twitter account @ModernLangs and take a look at our departmental website.

Enjoy your day!

CGE Research Seminar on 18th April: Tutor-student interaction in one-to-one academic writing tutorials

CGE

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th April 2018 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C (room 1175), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Ursula Wingate from King’s College London. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
One-to-one advice on academic writing, which has a long tradition in US universities, has recently proliferated in the UK university system. As this is a cost-intensive provision, evidence of teaching behaviours that lead to satisfactory outcomes for students is important. Previous research has identified dialogic instructional discourse, in which knowledge is scaffolded and co-constructed, as a feature successful tutorials (e.g. Haneda 2004; Thonus 2002). In a recent study, I analysed ten tutorials involving five tutors and eight students for interactional features related to dialogic teaching, focusing on exchange initiations, distribution of knower roles, and moves which facilitated extended sequences of exploratory talk. The findings show a prevalence of collaborative dialogue that enabled the joint construction of meaning and knowledge. However, there were also examples of monologic tutoring, characterised by a lack of questions and a high occurrence of unmitigated directives. Based on these findings, I make some recommendations for tutor training and the organisation of academic writing tutorials.

References:
Haneda, M. (2004). The joint construction of meaning in writing conferences. Applied Linguistics 25, 178–219.
Thonus, T. (2002). Tutor and student assessments of academic writing tutorials: What is “success”? Assessing Writing 8, 110–134.

Charity football match – over £800 raised!

The staff and student teams - image courtesy of Johnny Vineall
Image courtesy of Johnny Vineall

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.

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.

Welcome to our Open Day visitors!

Welcome to all of the visitors who are coming to the University Open Days today and tomorrow! We hope you enjoy your time here. Please feel free to post comments asking questions, either here on our blog or on our Modern Languages comment board!

We also have lots of useful information on Get Ready for Languages and the Modern Languages website.

If you can’t make these open days, then there will be more opportunities to visit in early September. Find out more on the University of Southampton Open Days website.