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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:30:33
The Guardian has a live online Q&A discussion today, Friday 24 October 2014, from 13:00-15:00 in which the question ‘What is the best way to learn a language?’ will be explored. Why not join in the debate?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:08:03
Modern Languages’ Professor Jenny Jenkins has been appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a significant acknowledgement of her contribution to our understanding of Global Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca. Congratulations to Jenny on this fantastic achievement!

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:50:13
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The Italian film, Benvenuto Presidente! (Riccardo Milani, 2013), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 20 October 2014. Review, introduction and discussion by Carla Ringland Mendez. All welcome! Read more...

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:47:45
The Guardian has reported on the launch of the UK’s second annual national Language Festival, which aims to celebrate cultural diversity and build on the growing momentum behind language learning in the UK. The festival, which starts today, will include a variety of events, online Q&As and a social media campaign, and aims to unite students, teachers and the wider community in discussions about the benefits of a multilingual society. For further information about the festival, and a programme of events and activities, visit the Guardian website.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:45:44
The first Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar of the new academic year will take place on Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled ‘Language Learner Autonomy: Asian perspectives’, and will be delivered by Dr Roger Barnard from the University of Waikato. All welcome!

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:39:48
Professor Mauranen, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki and Professor of English is currently spending the week within Modern Languages here at Southampton as a recipient of one of the University’s Diamond Jubilee Fellowships. Amongst other activities during her visit, she will be presenting the Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “English as Lingua Franca – Broken English?”, taking place today, Wednesday 15 October, in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, from 5:00-6:30pm. All welcome! Read more...

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:10:12
Following a recent series of visits from groups of researchers and academics from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia, Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a further group who are participating in a course on “Teaching and Learning through the medium of English” here at the University’s Avenue Campus, from Monday 13th October to Friday 24th October 2014. We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us!

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:02:34
The Italian film, Basilicata Coast to Coast (Rocco Papaleo, 2010), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 13 October 2014. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! Read more...

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:51:58
The first Centre for Global Englishes seminar of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 15th October 2014 from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “English as a lingua franca – Broken English?” and will be delivered by Professor Anna Mauranen from the University of Helsinki. All welcome!

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:15:57
Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to submit your proposal for a presentation, workshop or poster for the 10th annual University of Southampton e-learning symposium, organised by the Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), taking place on 22 and 23 January 2015. The deadline for submissions is Monday 13 October 2014. For further details about the event and guidance on submissions, visit the LLAS website.

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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