Event: Starting work as a Translator or Interpreter

Are you interested in working as a translator or interpreter, but unsure how to start? This one-day event should answer questions on:
– the qualities and skills you need to work as a translator or interpreter
– how to get organised – and where to find help
– breaking through the ‘no experience = no work’ barrier pricing and financial aspects of being a translator or interpreter.
There will be a question-and-answer session and time for networking.

A free event arranged jointly by Aston University in Birmingham and ITI (Institute of Translation & Interpreting)

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CLERA Distinguished Lecture: Prof Jennifer Jenkins


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Cancelled lecture to be rescheduled

Unfortunately, the 4th Annual CLERA Distinguished Lecture by Prof Jennifer Jenkins had to be cancelled due to traffic disruptions due to signal failure. The lecture will be rescheduled later this year – please check back here regularly for the new date!

Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture: Prof Jennifer Jenkins


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¡Una Fiesta Hispánica at Aston University!

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Wednesday 12th March 2014 was the second in a series of Routes into Languages cultural events in collaboration with Networks for Languages and the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston University (CLERA).

The event was for Year 8 pupils and featured three workshops from final year students and native speakers from Spanish speaking countries around the world. The countries covered were Chile, Peru and Colombia.

The aim of the event was to show Spanish as a world language and inspire pupils to continue studying Spanish at school and beyond.

We were very fortunate to have Natalio Ormeño Villajos, the Education Advisor from the Spanish Embassy Education Office who travelled from Manchester to talk to the teachers while the students worked in their groups. Natalio was also responsible for judging the best poster created by the pupils and the best speakers of Spanish.

The event was a great success: sixty-two pupils and eight teachers from local schools turned up on the day.

Many thanks to Jenny Price and Elpiniki Lamproglou for leading the event; to Natalio Ormeño Villajos for his time, generosity and professionalism; to the student ambassadors for running the workshops and of course to all the pupils and teachers who made the effort to come and make this event worthwhile.

CLERA research talk: Ethical challenges in applied linguistics research

kubanyiova-magdelenaOn April 24, 2013, Dr Magdalena Kubanyiova, Lecturer in Educational Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, will give a talk in the LSS English Seminar Series, in cooperation with CLERA.

She will be talking about “Ethical challenges in applied linguistics research”.

When we talk about ethics in applied linguistics research, we typically refer to at least two distinct, albeit interrelated, areas: an ethical conduct in research involving human subjects and the moral ends of our research activity. The first set of concerns has traditionally been embedded in Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) or codes of ethical practice, such as Recommendations on Good Practice in Applied Linguistics Research (BAAL, 2006) or TESOL Quarterly Research Guidelines. With a few exceptions, these have until recently not received much scholarly attention beyond the routine treatment in research methods manuals. On the other hand, engagement with values and moral purposes of applied linguistics research has been pursued alongside the epistemological debates in the field (Cameron, Frazer, Harvey, Rampton, & Richardson, 1994; Firth & Wagner, 1997) and reflections on the relevance and social use of applied linguistics has become even more prominent in recent years. Scholars have examined the values and purposes of applied linguistics in general (Bygate, 2005), or in relation to specific sub-disciplines, such as language testing (McNamara & Roever, 2006), language teaching (Crookes, 2009; Johnston, 2003), forensic linguistics (Shuy, 2009) or second language acquisition (Ortega, 2005; Thomas, 2009).

In this talk, I will argue that an increasingly changing landscape of applied linguistics research involving diverse linguistic, sociocultural and socio-political, virtual as well as material, contexts, collaborative research relationships or multimodal means for collection, analysis and presentation of language data has renewed the urgency with which the field needs to engage with both moral ends and moral conduct. Using examples from research involving endangered language documentation fieldwork, multilingual interaction, and computer-mediated communication, I will argue that ethically important moments (Kubanyiova, 2008) can arise in the specific research contexts regardless of the methodological or epistemological approaches adopted by the researchers. Drawing on the work outside of applied linguistics (Guillemin & Gillam, 2004; Haverkamp, 2005; Helgeland, 2005) I will outline more situated approaches to ethical decision-making, namely ethics of care and virtue ethics and discuss implications for the development of future researchers.
For further information, please contact Dr Fiona Copland.

HEA seminar: Mobile Language Learning

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Thursday 25 April 2013, Manchester

Despite the potential for mobile learning to support, even transform, teaching practice, some educationalists remain sceptical of the benefits of mobile learning in its current form. Kukulska-Hulme (2009), for example, calls for us to give more consideration to ‘how mobility, accompanied by digital, location-aware technologies, changes learning’.

This one-day Blackboard-sponsored seminar will explore mobile learning in the context of foreign language teaching in higher education, providing a forum to:

  • share teaching practice with, and network with, colleagues from a range of institutions teaching and/or supporting foreign languages;
  • meet representatives from Blackboard Mobile, and better understand the ways in which such organisations can support the development of mobile learning;
  • discuss opportunities for, and barriers to, mobile language learning in higher education.

The seminar will be of interest to academic staff, including junior staff and new teachers as well as support staff, especially learning technologists.

Full details, including the final schedule and confirmed venue, will be circulated approximately one week before the event.

There will be a poster session during lunch. If you would like to present your work on mobile language learning during the poster session, please contact James Wilson at the email address below.

To book a place on, or to enquire about, this event please contact James Wilson at j.a.wilson@leeds.ac.uk

Please note that places are limited and early booking is therefore advisable.

Seminar: Language Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age: New research methodologies

Date: 18 April 2013, 1.30pm–5pm

Venue: The Open University, Milton Keynes

Format: Half-day seminar

Type: Public

Co-ordinators: Regine Hampel and Uschi Stickler (The Open University), Gráinne Conole (University of Leicester) and Norbert Pachler (Institute of Education)

Speakers: Simon Buckingham Shum (The Open University), Gráinne Conole (University of Leicester), Julia Gillen (University of Lancaster)

Objectives of the seminar:

  • To explore new quantitative and qualitative research methodologies that can be used for researching digital environments for language learning
  • To discuss the possible application of these methodologies to specific environments
  • To inspire new collaborative research projects employing these methodologies

Attendance: This seminar is free but numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. For registration and additional information, please complete the ‘Expression of interest’ slip below and return by 10 April 2013 to Anne Foward (anne.foward@open.ac.uk).


  I would like to attend the half-day seminar on 18 April at the Open University.

Name: _____________________________________________________

Institution: __________________________________________________

Email address: ______________________________________________

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News from the Higher Education Academy

HEA_LLASUpcoming events

Changing the Learning Landscape – social media in the Humanities, London, 15 May 2013

This workshop offers an opportunity for those involved in teaching, or directly managing degree programmes in the Humanities disciplines, to find out more about the role that social media can play in enhancing the student and tutor experience. Through a series of presentations, activities and discussions, led by academics from the Humanities discipline areas, participants will be introduced to social media approaches and see discipline-focused exemplars of social media applied in teaching practice.

Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching, Brighton, 29-30 May 2013

Booking is now open for the Arts and Humanities conference, Storyville, which seeks to explore the intersections between narrative and learning and teaching. Places are already going fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. For more information including the conference programme visit the conference website.

HEA Annual Conference, Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, University of Warwick, 3-4 July 2013

These partnerships are multifaceted and we address this at the conference within three strands: students; employers; and organisations as partners. This conference will develop our understanding of how partnerships affect the student experience and educational outcome, and also benefit society as a whole. These partnerships are multifaceted and we address this at the conference within three strands: students; employers; and organisations as partners.

Publications and Funding opportunities

Just published: Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers, Dr Rachel Scudamore

A new guide published by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is aimed at those who are new to teaching in UK higher education (HE) and who work with diverse groups of students. Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers, written by Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of Teaching Enhancement at the University of Nottingham, features techniques for engaging international and home students in a range of contexts.

UK Travel Fund 2012-2013: Call open

The UK Travel Grants Scheme provides funds for staff and students to engage in activities that will support the development of teaching and learning practice by contributing to travel, accommodation, subsistence and event fees that will be incurred. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2013.

Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series 2012-13: Upcoming Events

The internationalisation of Spanish: teaching applications and the role of translation, Swansea University, 22 March 2013

This workshop will explore the applications of state of the art language and translation tools (online, electronic and interactive) to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

Engaging with local ethnic and linguistic communities: a one-day workshop sponsored by Multilingual Manchester and the Higher Education Academy, University of Manchester, 26 March 2013

The workshop will focus on ways to promote active engagement with ethnic and linguistic minorities through higher education teaching by discussing examples of individual course modules.

Student peer mentoring in the Arts and Humanities, University of Nottingham, 5 April 2013

The purpose of this event is to consider different approaches to peer mentoring and tutoring, and to look at a range of models implementing mentoring schemes in the Arts and Humanities. Mentoring is widely recognised as a key initiative in enhancing and enriching the student experience, and this workshop seeks to look at concrete models of peer mentoring in practice. Participants have either experience of peer mentoring themselves, or are interested in setting up similar schemes. Student mentors will contribute a workshop to the event.

Early career interdisciplinary conference (EPIC), University of Liverpool, 8-10 April 2013

The HEA is pleased to be sponsoring the ‘Early career interdisciplinary conference’ open to postgraduate students and university lecturers within the first five years of their appointment and designed for early professionals in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Something to talk about: integrating content and language study in higher education, Aston University, 11 June 2013

11 Jun 2013 (Free, but registration required)

This workshop draws on international research to outline the benefits of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in MFL degrees in UK higher education. It provides a platform for sharing practice in subject-specific content teaching through the target language and discussing implications for curriculum design and teacher training.

Book now: Eliciting data in second language research: challenge and innovation, University of York, 2-3 September 2013

This two-day series of invited talks and poster presentations will bring together researchers working across diverse areas of second language studies. Delegates will learn more about the IRIS project, a fast-growing open access digital repository of data collection materials used in SLA research. Abstracts for posters may be submitted until Friday 26 April.”

Two open lectures at MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism

The MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham, invites you to attend two open lectures as part of the ESRC RDI project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice:

The contribution of critical discourse analysis (CDA) to policy analysis
Norman Fairclough, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University
Date: 8th March, 2013, 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: School of Education, University of Birmingham, Room 524
If you are interested in coming to this lecture, please contact: faircloughevent@gmail.com
Registration is from 10:00 in the Foyer of the School of Education. Tea & coffee will be available on arrival.

“(Re)discovering” the multilingual speaker: implications for SLA and TESOL
Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Date: 12th March, 2013, 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: School of Education, University of Birmingham, G39
If you are interested in coming to this lecture, please contact: smayevent@gmail.com
Registration is from 13:00 in the Foyer of the School of Education. Tea & coffee will be available after Professor May’s lecture.

Both lectures are organised by doctoral researchers from the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham.