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Practise your vocabulary with Freerice

Language learners may be interested in the free online non-profit game Freerice, which allows you to test your vocabulary in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Latin. For each item that is guessed correctly, Freerice donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP). Donations from the site are used to purchase rice locally, both feeding people in need and stimulating local economies. The site has already raised enough rice to feed over 1. Continue reading →

New scheme from Welsh universities to tackle language learning decline

The BBC has reported on a new scheme being launched by four universities, aimed at tackling the decline in language learning in schools. In this pilot initiative, funded through the Global Futures programme, undergraduate students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea will be providing coaching and mentoring support to school pupils to help them improve their language skills. To read more about this project, visit the BBC website. Continue reading →

Save the date for the next Routes into Languages employability webinar

The next Routes into Languages webinar will take place on Friday 15th January 2016. Similar to the previous two webinars “Routes into language teaching” and “Working as a translator or Interpreter : Ask the Experts!“, the webinar will aim to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel. The discussions can be followed on Twitter at #RoutesLive. Continue reading →

LANGSNAP project publication

In April 2013 the LANGSNAP research team organised a successful international conference in Southampton on study/ residence abroad. A selection of papers from the conference has now been published as: Mitchell, R., Tracy-Ventura, N, & McManus, K (eds) 2015 Social interaction, identity and language learning during residence abroad. EUROSLA Monographs 4, 310 pp. This is an open access publication and it is free to download from the EUROSLA website at http://www.eurosla. Continue reading →

Third run of Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ a success

Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ has just completed its third run. 44,284 learners participated in the course, bringing the total number of learners who have signed up for the MOOC to 145,041. This run of the MOOC included a live session led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Dr Will Baker and Dr Ying Wang from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. Continue reading →

Interactive workshop on ‘Receiving and Using Feedback’

The Language and Academic Advising team in Modern Languages at Southampton are holding an interactive workshop on ‘Receiving and Using Feedback’ on Monday 16th November from 16:00-16:45 (Building 65, Lecture Theatre A) and Wednesday 18th November (Building 65, Room 1173) from 16:00-16:45. The workshop is aimed at all language-learners, and particular Modern Languages students. Students can book onto this event by visiting and selecting ‘Future Sessions’. Continue reading →

Next CLLEAR seminar: “Acquiring definite and indefinite articles across populations: L2 children, children with SLI and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 21 October 2015 from 4:00-6:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Acquiring definite and indefinite articles across populations: L2 children, children with SLI and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” and will be delivered by Professor Theo Marinis from the University of Reading. Continue reading →

‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ MOOC starts on Monday!

Modern Languages at Southampton will be relaunching the University of Southampton MOOC, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ on Monday 19 October, for the third running of the course. This four-week course will introduce participants to the field of second language learning, consider language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and explore the uses of technology in teaching. Continue reading →

University of Southampton 11th annual e-learning symposium 2016: Call for contributions

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? The Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies (LLAS) welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the University of Southampton 11th... Continue reading →