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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:54:31
The Language and Academic Advisory Team in Modern Languages at Southampton will be running a repeat session of the workshop, 'Critical Skills and Strategies for 'Good' Language Learning', following a very positive response from this week’s attendees. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 11 March at 13:00-13:45 in Room 2117, Building 65. The workshop is designed to help students to consider their own learning styles and learning needs, and discover the principles of ‘good’ language learning. Students of all language backgrounds and ability levels are welcome. To book your free place, visit and select ‘Future Sessions’. Read more...

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:14:40
Thinking about which modules to take next year? If you’re a current or prospective Modern Languages student, why not consider Latin as one of your modules. The Latin module is a 15 credit beginner’s course, which can be taken in any year (other modules allowing). It offers a number of potential benefits to Modern Languages students: development of analytical language skills, learning to make the most of dictionaries and handbooks, deepened understanding of Romance language vocabulary, development of puzzle solving skills, enhanced understanding of Western culture and literature. It is also great fun! For further information about the module, visit the Modern Languages website.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:33:53
Last weekend’s ICT and Languages Conference 2015, hosted by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) team at the University of Southampton on 28th February and 1st March was a great success! The conference, aimed at teachers of languages in schools, focused on technology and pedagogy of language teaching in primary and secondary schools, and attracted 60 delegates from around the country. This is the fifth annual conference on this topic to be held at Southampton. For further details about this conference, visit the Languages Southeast website.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:13:16
Six of our Modern Languages Distance MPhil/PhD students discussed their experiences as PhD students on the panel ‘Doing a Distance PhD: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ at the Best of British 2015 Conference held by the British Council Mexico in Mexico City on 13 and 14 February. Read more...

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:33:20
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The Italian film, Venuto al mondo / Twice Born (Sergio Castellitto, 2012), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 2 March 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Ciro Scognamiglio. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more...

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:42:20
The next Institute for Language and Culture (ILC) seminar will take place on Wednesday 4 March 2015 from 4:00-6:00pm in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Impacts of Impact post REF2014’ and will be delivered by Professor Florence Myles from the University of Essex. Read more...

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:38:54
Don’t forget to book your place before the booking deadline of Thursday 26 February for the Pérez de Ayala Lecture, taking place on Monday 2 March 2015 in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The lecture, entitled ‘A Latin American Country: The United States’, will be delivered by Felipe Fernández-Armesto, writer and British historian, and will be chaired by Professor Clare Mar-Molinero, Associate Dean (Internationalisation) and Professor of Spanish at Southampton. To book your free place, visit the Online Store website.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:37:04
Modern Languages students with an interest in business and entrepreneurship may wish to attend the 2015 Alumni Lecture, to be given by Southampton Modern Languages alumnus Rosemary Squire OBE (BA Spanish, 1979), joint CEO of the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the largest live theatre business in the world. The talk will take place in Lecture Theatre A, Building 65, Avenue Campus at 6pm on Thursday 26 February. In her talk, Rosemary will explain how she set up and grew her business and how ATG developed a revolutionary way of working. For further details about this free talk, and how to book your place, visit the event page in Humanities Events.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:40:11
Language and Academic Advising
Language learners at the University of Southampton, in particular Modern Languages students, are invited to participate in a 45-minute workshop on the development of skills and strategies for independent language learning. There are two repeat workshops taking place on Tuesday 3 March 17:00-17:45, Building 65, Room 1097, and Wednesday 4 March 14:00-14:45, Building 65, Room 1177. Read more...

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:38:10
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The Italian film, My name is Tanino (Paolo Virzì, 2002), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 23 February 2015. Review, introduction and discussion by Emily Lane (final year student - BA French with Italian). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more...

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Professor Mike Kelly, Head of Modern Languages

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