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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.

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

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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.

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  • 2014/07/31

    University of Southampton supports call for better foreign language skills for the UK

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  • 2014/06/16

    Head of Modern Languages recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Languages at Southampton

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:38:21
'Welcome' in different languagesThe University of Southampton's Lifelong Learning section have launched their programme for the coming semester, which features lots of opportunities for language learning. A wide range of languages are available to choose from: Arabic, EFL, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Many are available as evening courses and to suit all abilities - from complete beginner to advanced conversationalists. For more information and to sign up for a place on a language course, visit the Lifelong Learning website.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:34:07
The British Council is organising an evening event on 26 September on the European Day of Languages to celebrate language diversity and language learning in UK schools. 'Every learner a language learner, every teacher a language teacher' will be an occasion for a primary school and a secondary school with outstanding practice in EAL, MFL, CLIL and community languages to share with us their approach and work in these areas and to demonstrate how it greatly benefits their learners. The presentations will be followed by group discussions as well as by a plenary discussion and an opportunity for networking. Speakers will include Judith Woodfield from Bordesley Green Girls' School in Birmingham, Noel O'Neill and John Carney from St Austin's Primary School in Liverpool, Jim Anderson from Goldsmiths University, Bernadette Holmes from Speak to the Future and Amy Thompson from NALDIC. You can register to attend virtually here.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:48:33
Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityFollowing two previous 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 professional development course in Blended Learning, from Monday 15th September to Friday 26th September 2014. 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.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:58
Staff from Modern Languages at Southampton are preparing to launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled 'Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching', which will run over four weeks from 17th November to 12th December 2014. The course, which already has 8,000 subscribers, 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 details about the MOOC, including how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:49:15
Nineteen new PhD students from Mexico have begun a two week induction here at the University this week as they embark on our distance PhD in Modern Languages in the new academic year. We welcome our visitors to the Avenue Campus and hope that you enjoy your time here!

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:00:32
The Guardian has published an article discussing recent research undertaken by scientists at Lund University in Sweden, which has shown that learning a language can increase the size of your brain. The researchers used brain scans on adult military recruits learning Arabic, Russian or Dari intensively to monitor changes in the brain during the language learning process. To read more about the research, visit the Guardian website.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:21:04
The BBC has reported that a network of language teaching hubs is to be set up across England, aimed at boosting the language skills of teachers. The £1.8 million programme will provide support in the languages of the curriculum, including speaking, writing, grammar and translation skills, to approximately 2,000 primary and secondary school teachers over a period of two years. To read the article, visit the BBC website.

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:54:25
Hundreds of future potential Modern Languages students will be visiting the University of Southampton on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September 2014 for the University Open Days. Visitors to Modern Languages may be interested to take a look at Get Ready for Languages, an online resource which aims to guide you to useful information about life as a Modern Languages student at Southampton. You can read about staff in the Modern Languages department, discover what sorts of things Modern Languages students past and present are getting up to, and explore some of the modules you might decide to do. All this and more! Why not also follow us here on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs, to keep updated on Modern Languages news and events. We welcome all visitors to the University over the next few days!

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:39:08
Kate Borthwick from Modern Languages will be amongst contributors to the upcoming LangOER webinar entitled 'Open Educational Resources for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how will we tackle them?', taking place on Friday 19th September from 2-3pm. The webinar aims to explore the status of Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages in Europe, discuss some current strategic projects working on OER and finally consider how OER can be used as a resource in the teaching and learning of languages. Teachers and students interested in OER can sign up for free. Find out more about the webinar and how to sign up for live video streaming here. You can also follow the webinar on Twitter using the hashtag #LangOER.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:38:19
The Telegraph has published an article discussing the introduction of a new national curriculum this week in primary schools, which is making languages compulsory for children aged five to seven. The new curriculum, which will also see the introduction of a new computing syllabus, has been designed to ‘stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries’. To read the article, visit the Telegraph 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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Caroline Wyatt

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“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.”

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