Modern Languages


Undergraduate students

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.

Find out more


Postgraduate students

Continue your studies with us for a masters or PhD and benefit from the experience and knowledge of our academics, who are at the leading edge of their fields.

Find out more


Cityscape, across the water

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

Find out more


Research in Mexico

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.

Find out more

Latest News

  • 2015/01/31

    Pérez de Ayala Lecture

    Find out more

  • 2015/01/14

    Fifth best research quality rating in UK Modern Languages and Linguistics

    Find out more

  • 2014/11/14

    Royal visitor celebrates success of Southampton’s online MA students in Mexico

    Find out more

News feed
Connect with us

University of Southampton Modern Languages Twitter account  Facebook 

Modern Languages blog

Languages at Southampton

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:40:05
Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching
The University of Southampton/British Council MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ starts today (run through FutureLearn). This is the second run for this successful *FREE* online course, which has already attracted over 58,000 learners. This time around, we already have over 30,000 people signed up from more than 115 countries, ready to watch our new live sessions and contribute our discussions. Read more...

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:44:51
The next Institute for Language and Culture (ILC) seminar will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 4:00-7:00pm in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled 'The Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project: Unforeseen Impacts and Cross-Disciplinary Research' and will delivered by different speakers. All welcome to join the discussion!

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:21:55
The Guardian has published an article discussing the ‘seven big language learning issues facing the UK’, highlighted in the recent ‘Living Languages’ report. The report presents some of the key areas of debate that have resulted from the two-year ‘Case for Language Learning’ project, undertaken by the Guardian and the British Academy, which aimed to explore the reasons for the UK’s shortage of foreign language skills. To read the article, which includes a link to the Living Languages report, visit the Guardian website.

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:59:55
'Welcome' in different languagesIf you have recently taken the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Lifelong Learning language evening course, now is the perfect time to expand your skills! University of Southampton Lifelong Learning has launched its programme for the coming semester, to include language stage ‘C’ classes in a range of languages. Please note that these classes are not suitable for beginners – further beginners classes will begin in October 2015. For further information on the Modern Languages Lifelong Learning programme, including how to sign up for classes and information on discounts available to University staff and students, visit the University’s Lifelong Learning pages.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:21:49
The next International Staff Café, for University staff who would like to meet and network with international colleagues, find out how things work in the UK, and/or discuss pedagogic and practical issues, will be taking place on Thursday 30 April from 4:00-5:30pm in the Nuffield Theatre Kitchen café. During this event, Professor Otto Muskens (Quantum Light and Matter Group, FPSE) will talk about his personal experience with the British Higher Education system and his personal journey from lecturer to Professor. Tea, coffee and simnel/Easter cake will be provided! Partners and children are welcome. For further details about this event, including how to register your attendance, visit the University website.

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:43:57
Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching
Modern Languages at Southampton will be relaunching the University of Southampton MOOC, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ on Monday 20 April, following its successful first run in November 2014. This four-week course will introduce participants to the field of second language learning, consider language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and explore the uses of technology in teaching. The MOOC will also provide a taster of the Online MA in English Language Teaching, a joint course from the University of Southampton and the British Council. For further information about the MOOC, including details of how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:01:11
Wishing all followers of our Languages at Southampton blog: students, staff and friends of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, a very happy and enjoyable Easter break!

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:20:25
The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “English as a Lingua Franca in Asia: Suggestions for ELT/ELF Policy and Pedagogy” and will be delivered by Andy Kirkpatrick from Griffith University. All welcome! Read more...

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:55:10
Lancaster University is launching a new four-week MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and language teaching’, which will run from 20 April – 17 May 2015. Aimed at English language teachers, teachers of modern languages, teacher trainers, educators and trainee teachers, the course will enable its participants to reflect on how they can cater for the needs of students with dyslexia in the foreign/second language classroom. Participants will also explore a number of techniques, including new computer-assisted tools, which can be used to support students in the classroom. To read more about the course and find out how to sign up, visit the FutureLearn website.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:34:24
The EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) project team has recently published its March 2015 newsletter, providing an update on developments on the EMMA project, including a new round of MOOCs launched in February, and updates to the platform. The EMMA initiative is a 30 month pilot project supported by the EU, aiming to provide a system for the online delivery of MOOCs in multiple languages from different European universities. EMMA is the product of a partnership between 12 leading European universities and companies. For further information about the EMMA project, and to read a summary of the March newsletter, visit the EMMA 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 LanguagesOther University of Southampton sites
Our alumni

Caroline Wyatt

Thumbnail photo of Caroline  Wyatt

“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.”

View profile

Useful downloads