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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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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.

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  • 2014/06/16

    Head of Modern Languages recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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  • 2014/06/01

    Traditions and innovations from Mexico celebrated on campus

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:05:20
The Guardian has published an article discussing proposals to change the A Level curriculum for modern languages. Prompted by a recent report by the A Level Content Advisory Board (ALCB), which identified a need to revamp the way languages are taught at sixth form, the proposals focus on ‘reinvigorating passion for languages’. To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:42:33
Picture courtesy of Jimmy Harris, Flickr Commonwealth Games Marathon events (2006) Picture courtesy of Jimmy Harris, Flickr Commonwealth Games Marathon events (2006)
The 2014 Commonwealth Games begin tonight! The competitors, who represent 53 Commonwealth countries, include polyglots with several languages besides English in their repertoire. Many different languages are spoken by the c. 1.7 billion people across the Commonwealth of Nations, with 1635 spoken in India alone! Many will be represented at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, this year being held in Glasgow. The Games start tonight with the official opening ceremony! Follow the action on the official Glasgow 2014 website.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:20:14
This week, many more international students and pre-sessional tutors are arriving from all over the world in preparation for the start of Pre-sessional Course B next week. We welcome all these students and tutors to the University! For further information about the University’s pre-sessional courses, visit the pre-sessional pages on the University website.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:30:10
Language TutorTeachers and students of languages who wish to share and access teaching and learning materials online may be interested in LanguageBox, an open repository that allows storing, sharing and managing language learning resources, created by the University of Southampton. Language students can also find helpful learning resources. Over 30 languages are represented in LanguageBox. LanguageBox is free for anyone to use. To find out more, visit the LanguageBox website.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:05:27
Prepare for Success International students who are about to begin studying in the UK and their teachers may find the study skills and EAP resources in Prepare for Success really useful. The resources on the Prepare for Success website, which was designed by the eLanguages team in Modern Languages here at Southampton, are free for anyone to use. They include interactive learning activities about academic life in the UK, a frequently asked questions page, and a blog about study and life for international students in the UK. Prepare for Success is aimed at international students whose first language is not English and is suitable for students with an IELTS level between 5.5 and 7.5.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:47:26
The Times Higher Education (THE) has published an article discussing a new report by the A Level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB), which proposes major changes to current modern languages A levels. To read the article in full, visit the THE website.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:11:27
Many of our new graduates in Modern Languages are attending Summer Graduation today at the University of Southampton, and are graduating alongside other students from Humanities. Many congratulations to all of our new graduates! Don’t forget you can keep in touch with the University via the Southampton Alumni Facebook page or on Twitter @UniSotonAlumni.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:22:15
The BBC has published an article discussing a recent report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), which states that all political parties should pledge to improve the teaching and learning of modern languages in the UK, and that a “national recovery programme” is needed to improve language skills. The APPG bases its findings on evidence that the UK economy is losing £50 billion a year due to poor language skills. To read the article in full, visit the BBC website.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:47:44
The two-day Reshaping Languages in Higher Education Conference run by LLAS at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton last Wednesday and Thursday was a great success! Over 120 delegates attended a variety of presentations and exhibitions. To catch up on some of the key points from the conference have a look at the history of the #LLASconf14 hashtag.

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:02:20
A number of staff from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, including Jennifer Jenkins, Irina Nelson, Julie Watson, Kate Borthwick and Patricia Romero de Mills will be presenting this week at the Reshaping Languages in Higher Education Conference, taking place at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton on 9 and 10 July 2014. For further details about the conference including information on plenary speakers and a provisional programme, visit the conference page on the LLAS website. You can also follow the conference on Twitter at #LLASconf14.

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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“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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