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Modern Languages and Linguistics at University of Southampton: inspiring and raising awareness of the value of learning languages by inspirational teaching and learning approaches

On Friday 28th June 2019, Modern Languages and Linguistics hosted InnoConf19 at Avenue Campus. The conference theme “Treasuring languages: innovative and creative approaches in HE” enabled attendees to discuss and seek innovative approaches dealing with creative ways to raise awareness about the value of learning languages. The event marked the 9th annual conference in the Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University series and was officially opened by Head of MLL, James Minney. Continue reading →

Student Life: An internship with eLanguages

We want to say a big thank you to Marcy Nguyen, who is currently studying for an MSc in Education, and recently completed a 4-month internship with eLanguages here in Modern Languages and Linguistics. Marcy has written the following blog about her experiences with us: I received an email regarding internship opportunities from the Employability Lead of the Southampton Education School back in December. It included the opening position of eLanguages Project Assistant. Continue reading →

Able Linguist and Study Days this week

Two exciting events are happening this week in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton: Year 8 Able Linguist day On Wednesday 12th June, a group of Year 8 able linguists, selected by their schools from the most able pupils, with get 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. Continue reading →

Call for papers – 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association for Critical Realism (IACR)

International Association for Critical Realism (IACR) 22nd Annual Conference, Nuffield Theatre, Highfield Campus, Southampton, 31st July – 2nd August 2019 ‘Post-Truth’: Applying Critical Realism to Real World Problems The term ‘post-truth’ denotes a particular form of right-wing politics and public discourse that includes intentional misleading, misinformation, and disinformation, often mediated through the strategic use of digital media (social networks or... Continue reading →

SIGLTA meeting on Thursday 23rd May: Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Changing the Face of Formative and Summative Assessment

You are cordially invited to attend the Special Interest Group in Language Testing and Assessment (SIGLTA) meeting. SIGLTA is a postgraduate student-led reading/research group within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The meeting is at 17:00-18:30 on Thursday 23/05/2019 in room 1173, Avenue Campus (building 65), and will be led by Dr. Rose Clesham, the Director of Academic Standards and Measurement, Global Assessment, Pearson. Continue reading →

Next CLLEAR talk: Findings from GECO: The Ghent Eye-tracking Corpus of Monolinguals and Bilinguals Reading an Entire Novel

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) talk will take place on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 4:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus (Building 65). The talk is entitled “Findings from GECO: The Ghent Eye-tracking Corpus of Monolinguals and Bilinguals Reading an Entire Novel” and will be delivered by Denis Drieghe from University of Southampton. Continue reading →

LCAWB talk tomorrow: DeCentring the intercultural and small culture formation on the go – implications for internationalisation, research methods and who we all are.

As part of the Language & Culture in the Academic World & Beyond being run by PGR students in Modern Languages and Linguistics, there will be a talk by Professor Adrian Holliday from Canterbury Christ Church University on Friday 10th May 2019 at 4pm in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus (Building 65). The talk is entitled “DeCentring the intercultural and small culture formation on the go – implications for internationalisation, research methods and who we all are. Continue reading →

Next CLLEAR seminar: A dynamic typology of syntactic change in contact Englishes

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 4pm in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus (Building 65). The talk is entitled “A dynamic typology of syntactic change in contact Englishes” and will be delivered by Devyani Sharma from Queen Mary, University of London. Continue reading →

South East Regional Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition

It is with great pleasure that Modern Languages and Linguistics are today (24th April) hosting the South East regional qualifying round of the Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition. 3,284 year 7s started the competition in the South East and the last 60 pupils from 20 schools are competing today, with the top 4 in each language proceeding to the national finals in London later this year. Continue reading →

Research centres event on Wednesday 20th March: “Perspectives on the concept of the ‘native speaker’”

The next seminar, which combines speakers from four of our research centres, will be held on Wednesday 20th March from 4-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C at Avenue Campus (Building 65). The seminar is entitled “Perspectives on the concept of the ‘native speaker'” and will be presented by a range of staff from the department. Continue reading →