Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture: Prof Jennifer Jenkins


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ELT Journal special issue: Teaching English to Young Learners

ELTcoverFiona Copland and Sue Garton have coedited an ELT Journal Special Issue on Teaching English to Young Learners which was published in July and is available at

Free resource: Crazy Animals and Other Activities for Teaching English to Children

Crazy Animals and Other Activities for Teaching English to Children is a British Council publication edited by Fiona Copland and Sue Garton (both CLERA) with Monika Davis.  Recently,  Pavlina Haralampieva (Onchevska) has posted a video on Youtube showing children in her class talking about the book:

The book is free to download and can be found at:

10th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG at Leeds

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The 10th international conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG is taking place on 3rd & 4th July 2014, hosted by the University of Leeds. This year’s theme is “Recognizing complexity in language learning and teaching”.

The conference programme is now online on the conference website.

Registration is open until 18th June and accommodation is available on campus for the nights of 2nd, 3rd and 4th July.


Conference: New Directions in Reflective Practice


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Call for Papers: Birmingham English Language Postgraduate Conference 2014


The theme of this year’s conference is:  “Researching Language and Linguistics: Bridging Gaps

The organisers invite contributions from postgraduate researchers from any institution who would like to share which research gaps are being narrowed through their research. They are particularly interested in topics which try to bridge gaps between two (or more) branches of linguistic research, such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus linguistics and multi-modality or any other areas in language research.

Key dates:
2 February – deadline for abstract submission
21 February – notification of submission outcome
7 March – conference day

For more information, please go to the conference website.

Successful Twilight Webinar on Teaching Speaking in the Language Classroom

CLERA held its first ever webinar on 23rd October. The webinar was run by Anne Burns who is Professor of Language Education and Director of CLERA.

The session focussed on teaching speaking in the language classroom. It looked at the key skills and knowledge required for competent speaking and also considered how they could be taught. Professor Burns presented the attendees with a teaching model for planning speaking programs and illustrated the model with sample activities that could be used in speaking classrooms. The session also considered how well textbook materials met the challenges of teaching speaking.

MFL, ESOL and EFL teachers as well as Research students from different parts of the world actively participated in the online discussion and shared good practice. One participant in Japan even stayed up until midnight to join the event.

Many thanks go to Professor Anne Burns and to the participants for making this webinar such a great success.

If you are interested in attending a webinar, please contact Jacquie Harding with suggestions.

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New Journal: Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE)

posted on Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century by Jürgen Kurtz, Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, Germany

CLELEjournal (edited by Janice Bland, Christiane Lütge and Sandie Mourão) is a new, bi-annual, comprehensively peer-reviewed online journal for scholars, teacher educators and practitioners involved in using and researching children’s literature in the field of English learning as a second, additional or foreign language. The journal investigates children’s literature as an art form, and as a framework with which to connect L2 literature teaching across the school years. The scope covers the affordances of children’s literature for L2 acquisition with pre-school infants through to young adults.

[continue reading here: New Journal: Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE)]

Is English a form of linguistic imperialism?

IATELF 2013On the occasion of the 47th Annual IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) Conference in Liverpool, 8-12 April, 2013, Prof Anne Burns, Director of CLERA, moderated the British Council Signature Event “Linguistic imperialism: still alive and kicking?” (video recording available here).

To coincide with this event, Anne provides some background information about the discussion of English as linguistic imperialism on the British Council’s Voices blog.

Newsletter: International Research Foundation for English Language Education

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The January 2013 edition of the International Research Foundation for English Language Education’s newsletter TIRF Today has just been published (click here: TIRF_Newsletter_2013_January).

In it, the President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) shares the story behind Discover Languages® Month, Andrzej Cirocki, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University, shares information about a new journal in the field of applied linguistics, and there is information about the Eighth International Conference on Language Teacher Education: Preparing Language Teacher Educators to Meet National and Global Needs, to be held at George Washington University from May 30 to June 1, 2013.