Language Teacher of the Year

Do you know a very special language teacher or a student language ambassador? A teacher who inspires pupils through superb teaching and supports colleagues by sharing their expertise and ideas? Or a student language ambassador who motivates young learners, showing them that learning languages is exciting, cool and contributes to their future success?

If you do, then why not nominate them for a Routes into Languages / Association for Language Learning Award?

Find out more about the Language Teacher of the Year and the Student Language Ambassador of the Year Awards.

Download the background information and judging criteria.

Nominations are open from 01-30 October 2015.

If you have any further questions please contact the Awards team by email to

The linguistic diversity of the United States

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“Not my circus, not my monkeys” and other idioms from around the world

One of the great joys of language are the odd little idiomatic phrases we use which are very often unique to specific cultures and give insight into how those cultures view the world. The blog HotelClub has collected their 10 favourite idiomatic phrases from around the world.

To read the post which explains the origin and meaning of the idioms represented in the infographic below, click here.

Idioms of the WorldSource – HotelClub

Webinar at Linguistic Ethnography Forum

The Linguistic Ethnography Forum is currently hosting a seminar discussing the work of Professor Rick Iedema.  You can read the discussion so far and join in by registering at:

Infographic: The benefits of learning languages

Infographic_Benefits of Learning LanguagesFound here.

Call for Papers: Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics 20

NWPLLOGONWPL is a yearly journal chiefly managed by postgraduate students at the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Studies at Newcastle University. It is a continuation of Newcastle and Durham Working Papers in Linguistics.

For this issue, submissions are solicited from all areas of linguistics, including the following but not limited to them:

Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism & Multilingualism, Clinical Linguistics, Conversational Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Forensic Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language and Communication, Language and Culture, Language and Education, Morphology, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Semiotics, Sociolinguistics, Stylistics, Syntax

All submissions should be in accordance with the journal guidelines which can be downloaded from the website.

Submissions & Queries:

CALL DEADLINE: 10 January 2014

New British Council Award for ELT Masters Dissertations

British CouncilThe British Council has announced the recipients of the newly created ELT Masters Dissertation Award for work with the best potential for impact on ELT practice. This award recognises and promotes the achievements of Masters students on UK universities Masters programmes. The scheme is an opportunity for institutions to promote their programmes and for recent graduates to establish themselves in the field.

The dissertations under consideration covered a  wide variety of topics and research methods, including studies of collaborative practice in EFL classrooms, investigations of varieties of English used across different parts of the world and how non-sighted students might be given greater access to undergraduate programmes in ELT.

Find out more about the winning dissertations here.

New: Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice


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Infographic: Monolingual vs Bilingual

In memoriam John Gumperz (1922-2013), pioneer in sociolinguistics

john_gumperzThe renowned linguist John Gumperz “devoted his career to improving cross-cultural understanding and his work in ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, discourse strategies, code-switching, and urban anthropology was extremely influential” (BLC).

Born in Germany to Jewish parents, Gumperz moved to the US with his parents in 1939. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he later became fascinated with language and switched fields, pursuing a PhD in Germanic languages at the University of Michigan. From 1956 until his retirement in 1991, he worked at the UC Berkeley where he pioneered research in linguistic anthropology.

His main interest was sociolinguistics, the study of the effect of society (cultural norms, conventions, etc) on language use. Specifically, he established the subdiscipline of interactional sociolinguistics by using discourse analysis to investigate “the way people convey and conceal meaning and social standing with their choice of words, their intonations, and their accents” (Goodyear). Among his many contributions to the field is the introduction of the ‘speech community’ as a unit of linguistic analysis.

John Gumperz passed away on Friday 29 March 2013 in Santa Barbara, at the age of 90.

For more information, read the obituaries in the New York Times  and The Daily Californian, and listen to an interview with his former student, Professor of Linguistics Deborah Tannen (Georgetown University), on NPR.