Modern Languages


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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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Reichstag, Germany

Continue your studies with us for a masters or PhD and benefit from the experience and knowledge of our academics, who are at the leading edge of their fields.

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Cityscape, across the water

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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Languages at Southampton

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:48:58
The Telegraph has reported on a new app launched by a Welsh language theatre company, designed to allow audiences to listen to its plays in other languages. The app is called Sibrwd (meaning Whisper in Welsh) and will allow audiences of the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to listen to lines from particular scenes through their headphones, an experience which is hoped to provide a more “fulfilling experience” for theatre-goers than subtitles. To read the article in full, visit the Telegraph website.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:52:41
Get Ready for Southampton
Over 1,600 incoming and prospective international students are currently participating in Get Ready for Southampton, a free online course open between April and October, which enables participants to meet and make international friends, and get a taste for what life is like at the University of Southampton before coming to study. Read more...

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:59:05
Following the highly successful Reshaping Languages in Higher Education conference, organised by the Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, earlier this month, a number of the presentation slides are now available online. To access these, visit the conference pages on the LLAS website.

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.

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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