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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:35:21
The 10th LLAS e-learning symposium starts today at the University of Southampton. Keynote speakers will be live streamed and most talks during the event will be recorded and made available on the LLAS website after the event. The conference can be followed on Twitter @elearnLLAS and #elearnLLAS. Read more...

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:36:36
Around 70 potential future Modern Languages students will be visiting the University today, Tuesday 20 January 2015 for a Year 12 Languages Study Day, run by Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. The event is for Year 12 students who are thinking about studying languages at university. There are sessions on cultural topics, grammar and speaking in French, German or Spanish, plus the chance to do a taster class in a new language and attend a talk on languages and careers. To find out more about Humanities visit days, visit the Humanities website.

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:20:06
Two of our Mexican Modern Languages distance PhD students, Ma. De Lourdes Rico-Cruz and Magdalena Ávila Pardo, have contributed to a recently published special issue of SiSAL (Self-Regulation in Foreign Language Learning) Journal, with an article entitled ‘Self-Regulation within Language Learners’ Dialogues’. To read this article and others from this special issue, visit the SiSAL Journal website.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:00:31
Don’t forget to secure your place at the University of Southampton e-learning symposium 2015 before the registration deadline of Monday 19 January 2015! The 10th University of Southampton e-learning symposium, organised by the Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), will take place at the University of Southampton from 22-23 January 2015. To find out further information about this event, including details of keynote speakers and an event programme, visit the LLAS website.

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:37:34
The next seminar of the Latin American Studies Seminar Series will be taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 14 January 2015, from 16:00-17:30 in Room 1163, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar entitled ‘Educational Reform in Chile: competing discourses and the battle for narrative’ will be presented by Darren Paffey (University of Southampton, Modern Languages), who will be discussing his current research on Educational Reform in Chile. All welcome! Read more...

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:55:10
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Our Italian film season starts on Monday 26th of January, running for 8 weeks. Each film is shown for free in Lecture Theatre A at Avenue Campus at 6:30pm, with an introduction before and a discussion afterwards. Here is the full schedule: 26 January: "Agata e la tempesta" (Silvio Soldini, 2004) 2 February: "La notte di San Lorenzo" (Fratelli Taviani, 1982) 9 February: "Il Bidone" (Federico Fellini, 1954) 16 February: "Una piccola impresa meridionale" (Rocco Papaleo, 2012) 23 February: "My name is Tanino" (Paolo Virzì, 2002) 2 March: "Venuto al mondo" (Sergio Castellitto, 2012) 9 March: "La ragazza con la pistola" (Mario Monicelli, 1968) 16 March: "Sole a Catenelle" (Gennaro Nunziante, 2013) Check our blog here each week for full details of each film!

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:30:26
A number of Modern Languages evening courses will be starting in the coming weeks, and bookings are now open! You can sign up for a course at the ML Lifelong Learning website.

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:36:25
Happy New Year and welcome back to all of our readers, and a big welcome to all those who are attending our Visit Day today! We hope you continue to enjoy our blog in 2015 and hope you have a great year!

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:46:21
christmas_treeWishing all followers of our Languages at Southampton blog: students, staff and friends of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015! Please continue to follow us in the New Year on our blog and on Twitter to keep up-to-date about all Modern Languages events and language-related news.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:41:25
Language teachers may be interested in reading these latest studies about technology in the context of language teaching. The articles from the 2014 EUROCALL (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning) proceedings are now available in the form of an open e-publication as individual downloadable PDFs. The complete proceedings can also be purchased as a paperback.

Professor Mike Kelly

Professor Mike Kelly, Head of Modern Languages

Professor Mike Kelly

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