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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.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:06:21
Get Ready for Southampton banner Yesterday the eLanguages team in Modern Languages launched the 2015 edition of the free online course Get Ready for Southampton. This course aims to show what life and study is like for international students at the University of Southampton, and provides an opportunity for students to network prior to arrival. There are already over 60 students from 23 different countries participating in the course. This is the fifth time this course has been run, and so far it has been used by over 8800 prospective international students. The course is free to all international students who are coming to Southampton or just interested in a course of study with us. If you are an international student and would like to take the course, find out more on the Get Ready for Southampton website.

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:12:46
Don’t forget to book your free place for the Intercultural Connections Southampton Conference, taking place on Tuesday 28th April 2015 from 9:00-16:30 in Garden Court, Highfield Campus. The conference, part of the Intercultural Connections Southampton project, will provide opportunities for students and staff to share intercultural and international experiences and research; develop new ideas to improve intercultural and international experiences for all; and network and form collaborations across the University. For further details about the conference, including information on keynote speakers, and how to book your free place visit Eventbrite.

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:45:31
According to a new report published by the UK Higher Education International Unit, a far greater proportion of students who spend part of their degree programme overseas achieve a first or 2:1 in their degree compared to those who remain in the uK throughout their course. To read more, see the full article from the Times Higher Education website.

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:59:11
The BBC has reported on findings from a report by the CfBT Education Trust and the British Council, which highlights the current “difficult climate” in England’s schools for language teaching. In particular, the report notes the low uptake of language GCSEs and A-levels as areas for concern. In terms of more positive developments, the report also found continued growth in language teaching in primary schools, with around half of primary schools now allowing pupils to study languages at Key Stage 1. To read the article in full, visit the BBC website. The full report can be downloaded from the CfBT website.

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:29:14
The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has launched a four-week MOOC running from 4 May to 8 June 2015 for anyone interested in learning to create content-rich lessons using Clilstore, a dedicated CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) authoring tool. For further details about the MOOC, including a description of its content, and information on how to sign up, visit the UPV website.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:07:24
History seminar
Modern Languages students and staff may be interested in attending today’s History Seminar Series seminar, at 1pm in Room 2115, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Transnational political consultancy and nation-making in Latin America: The case of the Spaniard José Joaquín de Mora’ and will be led by Dr Graciela Iglesias Rogers from the University of Winchester. All welcome!

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:49:53
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The Italian film, Sole a catinelle / Buckets full of Sun (Gennaro Nunziante, 2013), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6:30pm on Monday 16 March 2015. This is the last film of the season! Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more...

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:40:01
The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday 18th March 2015 in Room 1177, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The session is entitled ‘Globalisation on the Ground’ and will be led by Professor Caroline Knowles from Goldsmiths, University of London. All welcome!

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:19:53
The first of a series of seminars run by the Intercultural Connections Southampton Project will take place on Wednesday 18 March 2015 from 13:00-14:00 in Building 6, Room 1083, Highfield Campus. The seminar will be led by Emma Lester and Mary Morrison of the Southampton Business School, and is entitled ‘Business School Peer Advisors, helping Postgraduate students make the transition to studying at University of Southampton.’ Lunch will be provided. To register for the seminar, email Read more...

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