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Modern Languages at Southampton has been ranked among the top five in the UK by The Guardian's University Guide for the last eight years.

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As an international student, you will be warmly welcomed by a world-class research institution which values cultural diversity.

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Our research crosses many boundaries, between languages, between cultures and between disciplines. We believe that new knowledge and new insights come at the intersections, outside traditional comfort zones.

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  • 2014/07/31

    University of Southampton supports call for better foreign language skills for the UK

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  • 2014/06/16

    Head of Modern Languages recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:35:25
The University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) has published a summary of GCSE languages take-up for 2014, including an analysis of GCSE languages trends between 2002 and 2014. To read the summary and trend analysis, visit the UCML website.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:16:25
Julie Watson and Kate Borthwick are amongst colleagues from Modern Languages attending the 2014 Eurocall conference, taking place from 20-23 August 2014 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Julie's presentation entitled ‘Sizing up the online course: adapting learning design to meet growing participant numbers’ will take place on the second day of the conference. Read more...

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:30:32
Congratulations to all students who received their A-Level results today and now have confirmed places to join us in Modern Languages here at Southampton from September. If you have questions about life as a student here in Modern Languages, we have the answers! Check out Get Ready for Languages, our new online resource, which aims to guide you to useful information about your future 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 news and events, you can also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs. We look forward to welcoming you in just a few weeks from now!

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:20:47
Professor Mike Kelly from Modern Languages at Southampton was answering questions yesterday from students interested in studying or working abroad as part of the launch of a new website called TYA Answers, created by Lizzie Fane, the founder of Funded by HEFCE through the Routes into Languages initiative, TYA Answers is dedicated to supporting students who have questions about studying or working abroad during their degree. Areas for discussion on the website include what it’s like studying languages at university, careers for ‘Global Graduates’, culture shock advice and making the most of your year abroad. If you have your own questions to ask, or simply wish to find out more, visit the TYA Answers website.

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:57:19
Are you a student or graduate of modern languages? Are you interested in entrepreneurship? If so, you may be interested in reading a recent Higher Education Academy guide, written by modern languages entrepreneur and founder of Third Year Abroad, Lizzie Fane, and entitled 'Languages and Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Students'. The report aims to support and inspire students who are thinking of starting a business based on their experiences with language, travel or culture. For further information and to read the report in full, visit the HEA website or the Third Year Abroad website.

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:14:39
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Threlford Memorial Cup, an award presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Linguists Educational Trust for a significant contribution to ‘fostering the study of languages’. The Cup can be awarded to a person, organisation or project that deserves to be recognised within the field of language study. The deadline for nominations is Friday 5 September, and the IoLET Awards Evening is to be held at the Barbican, London, on Thursday 6 November 2014. For further information, email or download the nomination form.

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:12:39
The BBC has recently published a blog post discussing some of the lesser-known aspects of deaf culture, focusing in particular on the role of sign language for deaf people, sign language varieties across the world and the role of technologies in helping people who are deaf. To read the post in full, visit the BBC blog website.

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:52:26
The University of Southampton is amongst 50 leading organisations that are backing a group of MPs and Peers calling for all political parties to make a General Election manifesto commitment to improving language skills in the UK. Further information about the University’s support for this initiative can be found on the University's Modern Languages website.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:38:00
The Independent has published an article discussing languages that do not use words, in particular the whistle language of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. The language called ‘Silbo Gomero’ uses a variety of whistles with four ‘vowels’ and four ‘consonants’, that together form over four thousand ‘words’. To read the article in full, visit the Independent website.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:20:22
Submissions for papers and posters are invited for the Language Testing Forum 2014, to be hosted by Modern Languages at the University of Southampton from 21-23 November 2014. This annual conference attracts scholars in language testing and practitioners in testing organisations both nationally and internationally. The theme of this year’s conference is 'Language Testing: Engaging multi-disciplinary perspectives'. To find out more about the conference including how to submit a paper, visit the conference page on the University website. The deadline for submissions is 26 September 2014.

Professor Mike Kelly

Professor Mike Kelly, Head of Modern Languages

Professor Mike Kelly

“In Modern Languages, come with us on an exciting journey through languages and cultures across the world, and learn what makes people tick.”

Professor Mike Kelly, Head of Modern Languages

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“The most important part of my degree was being taught how to learn and how to research thoroughly. This has been incredibly important. More practically, of course, my qualification in German helped me to get my first posting with the BBC to Berlin.”

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