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Wed, 20 May 2015 12:34:42
Modern Languages is pleased to welcome a group of academics from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM) Toluca who are studying with us for 1 week beginning Monday 18 May through to Friday 22 May 2015. The UAEM delegates will be attending a course in “Teaching and Learning through the medium of English” at Avenue Campus. We welcome the group to the University and wish them an enjoyable time with us! The group will be in the Avenue café from 10:45 to 11:15 each morning and visitors are welcome to join them for an informal chat.

Tue, 19 May 2015 10:08:55
Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton is offering intensive modern language courses during the summer of 2015. These 15 hour courses are aimed at learners with no knowledge of the language, who would like to develop survival skills in everyday situations for business or leisure travel. The languages available are French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish and Japanese. The next set of evening classes will begin at the end of June. To find out more information about these courses, including how to book your place online, visit the Lifelong Learning website.

Fri, 15 May 2015 09:33:24
The Europortfolio community has announced the launch of the “ePortfolio Self-Development Study” MOOC on the EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) platform. Starting on 15 June 2015, this free MOOC will be offered in three languages (English, Spanish and Polish) and is aimed at different audiences such as learners, teachers, employers, governmental administrators or professional bodies interested in implementing an ePortfolio for the first time or who are interested in enhancing their current practices. For further information about the MOOC, including how to sign up, visit the EMMA website.

Tue, 12 May 2015 13:42:43
Pre-sessional Boarding PassThe eLanguages team in Modern Languages has launched this year’s online pre-sessional course this week with a large cohort of participating international students who are studying English for Academic Purposes (EAP), in particular academic reading and writing skills, in preparation for this year’s Pre-sessional Course A. There are three tutored classes. From Modern Languages, Charlotte Everitt is Course Coordinator and online tutor, and Andrew Davey is Platform Manager, and there are two other experienced online tutors working on the course. With over eighty posts on the course already, and discussions flowing, this promises to be a busy but successful online course. To find out more about our online pre-sessional courses, visit the online courses section of the eLanguages website.

Mon, 11 May 2015 12:10:45
Modern Languages PhD student Elsa Fernanda Gonzalez has recently received a British Council Assessment Research Award, under the British Council’s 2015 Assessment Research Awards and Grants Scheme. Fernanda’s dissertation topic is: “Exploring inter-rater and intra-rater reliability and validity of Mexican EFL raters´ assessment in Mexican Public Universities.” Our congratulations go to Fernanda on this excellent achievement!

Fri, 08 May 2015 09:40:25
For some interesting reflections on multilingualism, particularly from a perspective of multilingual children, visit this blog entitled ‘Being Multilingual’ by freelance linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira.

Thu, 07 May 2015 10:10:56
The Guardian has reported on new research that shows that people who are bilingual are able to view the world differently depending on the language they are using. According to the research by academics at Lancaster University, alternating between two languages provides a ‘cognitive boost’ and pushes the brain to be more flexible. To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:41:17
The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Tuesday 12 May 2015 from 5:00-7:00pm in Building 46, Lecture Theatre B, Room 2003, Highfield Campus. The talk is entitled “The effect of computational complexity on L1 transfer: evidence from L2 Chinese attitude-bearing wh-questions” and will be delivered by Dr. Boping Yuan (Cambridge University). All welcome! Read more...

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:47:07
The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday 6th May 2015 in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The session is entitled 'Challenging research settings: gender, risk, and resistance' and will be led by Professor Helen Sampson from Cardiff University. All welcome! Read more...

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:37:59
Students of Modern Languages are invited to the Modern Languages Employability Gala, taking place this Thursday 30 April 2015 in Lecture Theatre B and the café on Avenue Campus. This will be a lively and informative event with something for everyone! For more information and to book your free place, contact Charlotte Medland on or via Facebook or Twitter @HumsEmployable. Read more...

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Professor Mike Kelly, Head of Modern Languages

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