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Centre for Language Study

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We provide a wide range of language learning courses and resources, for students.


Do you want to further your language studies after an A Level or learn a language from scratch? When studying a language with us, you’ll start at a level that matches your ability. We can help you to reach graduate level in your chosen language.

If your programme allows you to take credit-bearing language modules, you can join us to learn a language as part of your degree. Language modules can be 25% to 75% of your degree, depending on your programme.

If you're not able to do this as part of your degree, you can take advantage of our Southampton language opportunity scheme. This offers free (non-credit bearing) language courses to all University of Southampton students.

If you’re part of the local community or a member of staff, we can offer you the chance to learn a language through our Lifelong Learning programmes.


Learning takes place online, face-to-face, and through our virtual learning environment (VLE). Our teaching methods encourage independence and taking responsibility for your own learning. This includes group and pair work, student-led oral classes, and one-to-one consultations.

Your learning will include:

  • focus on the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • grammar
  • translation
  • interpretation

We also offer language and academic advising sessions. These sessions explore ways you can learn foreign languages independently.

People, projects and publications


Mr Adrian Sewell

Senior Language Teaching Fellow
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Mrs Carmen Martin De Leon

Senior Teaching Fellow
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Ms Cristina Garcia Hermoso

Principal Teaching Fellow
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Ms Fatima Cande

Senior Teaching Fellow

Research interests

  • Foreign and Second language teaching
  • Foreign and Second language learning
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Dr Ian Mccall

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

  • Translation Theory
  • Practical Translation and Translation Pedagogy
  • Audiovisual Translation 

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Ms Irina Nelson

Senior Language Teaching Fellow
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Mrs Julia Kelly

Principal Teaching Fellow
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Professor Kate Borthwick MA (Hons), MA, PHD, FHEA, SCMALT

Professorial Fellow of Enterprise

Research interests

  • Massive Open Online Courses (and Language MOOCs)
  • Open educational practices and resources
  • Blended learning for languages

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Katy Heady

Senior Teaching Fellow
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Mrs Laura Salguero Esteban

Part Time Lecturer
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My research interests are in the field of ab initio language learning, particularly with regard to issues of progression and independent learning within accelerated courses at university level.
Principal Teaching Fellow


Contact us

For more information about the Centre for Language Study contact the Humanities student office.

Student office

Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BF
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, UK time