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Outreach

Welcome to Outreach in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

A key focus of our outreach agenda is the delivery of the Year 7 South East Regional Foreign Languages Spelling Bee, an Able Linguist Day for year 8 students, a Study Day for year 10 students and a sixth form conference for year 12 and 13 students.

Ranked 4th in the Guardian League Table in 2017 for teaching and student experience, Modern Languages and Linguistics at Southampton is offering primary and secondary school outreach on-campus and off-campus activities in order to promote our enthusiasm for our area and to inspire young people to take up and to continue studying Modern Languages of all Key Stages in primary and secondary.

Follow us on Twitter for further updates. These events will draw on the research excellence of the department's world-leading academics and provide an insight into studying languages at university level.

Our outreach events

Year 8 Able Linguist Day

The year 8 Able Linguists day provides pupils, selected by their school from the most able pupils, with a chance to further develop their language skills.

In the morning, there is an intensive mini-project in French, German or Spanish, led by our university's trainee language teachers.

In the afternoon, pupils can try a new language by attending a taster in a new language such as Portuguese, Chinese or Italian, hence developing awareness and raising interest in expanding their love for learning languages.

Testimonials

“I just wanted to thank you all on behalf of all of the students from Bitterne Park School who attended your events over the last couple of days, they really were inspired and so was I!” Bitterne Park School

“I just wanted to say how inspired Mia and Shannon are after their trip to University yesterday! They are raving about it so thanks for running this!” Bitterne Park School

“I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. My students really enjoyed it and Italian was very popular. In fact, I felt like going back to do another language!” Westgate School 

"Thank you for organising the two day event for Able Linguists. My pupils enjoyed themselves and it has inspired them too." Mayfield School

Year 10 Modern Languages and Linguistics Study Day

The Year 10 MLL Study Day starts with a workshop session exploring cultural topics in French, German or Spanish, in which pupils are able to practice grammar and vocabulary, as well as learn more about specific country topics. 

In the afternoon, pupils have the chance to attend an ab initio session in either Chinese, Portuguese or Italian, hence developing awareness and raising interest in expanding their love for learning languages.

Sixth Form Modern Languages and Linguistics Conference

The University of Southampton hosts a Modern Languages and Linguistics conference exclusively for 6th form students (Yeasr 12 and 13). Focusing on the broad topic of 'Why Languages Matter', the event seeks to encourage 6th Form students to continue studying languages at university and inspire them with the huge range of employment opportunities that a languages degree can open up to them.

There are taster lectures and hands-on seminars led by experts on translation, interpreting, linguistics, socio-historical studies, and cultural topics drawn from our lecturers’ widely published research from the French, German and Spanish speaking worlds. These sessions give students an insight into the broad array of subject areas which are taught in Modern Languages and Linguistics here at the University of Southampton.

The conference welcomes back a number of graduates of Modern Languages and Linguistics as guest speakers to discuss how their degree has been invaluable in securing graduate employment and how they are using the various languages they studied in their careers today. There is also a student Q&A panel, where students ask our current degree students about their experiences of studying languages at university, and find out first-hand about the exciting year abroad opportunities that are an essential part of degree-level language study.

Latest events

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6th Form Conference

Events for year 12 and 13 students thinking about studying a languages degree at university soon

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Routes into Languages

The University of Southampton is a member of the Routes into Languages South East consortium.

Other activities

We organise a range of other exciting activities including:

Contact us for further enquiries.

 Contacts

Dr Jane Lavery,
Modern Languages and Linguistics Outreach Co-Coordinator and Strategy Lead

Dr Darren Paffey,
Marketing and Recruitment Officer

Visit our main Modern Languages and Linguistics pages to explore undergraduate and postgraduate Modern Languages and Linguistics degree provision.

Details of outreach events for schools are listed in the events section of the this website.

Outreach event archive

For more information

Languages South East – support for language teachers

Part time language courses

Modern Languages can be studied part time with Lifelong Learning

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