Show and Tell for Language Practitioners at Aston University


Poster_Show n Tell event Feb 2015


Midlands German Network (MGN) launched in January 2015

Connecting Local Schools, Universities and Businesses

MGN logoGraduates with German language skills are highly sought-after on the British and international labour markets. The Midlands German Network (MGN) is a university-led initiative which fosters cooperation between local schools, universities and businesses. Its aim is to make young people aware of the manifold opportunities, increase the uptake of German, and support recruitment for local employers.

The Midlands German Network will be officially launched at Aston University on January 21, 2015. This launch event will be an opportunity for networking across all three levels. Organisations represented include the German Embassy, the Goethe Institute, and UK-German Connection.

For: Secondary and Primary school teachers, pupils from Year 9 onwards; local businesses and universities, including students; anyone interested in German culture and language.

To find out more about the launch and to register for the event, please click here. Please forward details of the event to interested parties.

Registration deadline: 10 December 2014, although later registration is possible by contacting Any questions or comments should be addressed to this email address.

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Nathan Page

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Nathan PageOur Researcher of the Month for November is Nathan Page who recently joined Aston as a teaching associate in TESOL. Before that he worked as a visiting lecturer at Aston and York St John Universities for approximately two years. He also spent several years as an English language teacher in Japan and completed a distance masters in TESOL through Aston at the same time. In his doctoral research, he is using methods inspired by linguistic ethnography to research the experiences of language, communication and culture by Japanese volunteers in diverse global locations.

Click here to read his profile.

“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

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!

New publications by CLERA members

New Publications:

Copland, F., Garton, S. and Burns, A.  ‘Challenges in Teaching English to Young Learners: Global Perspectives and Local Realities’  is now published on-line with TESOL Quarterly.

Conteh, J., Copland, F. and Creese, A.  ‘Multilingual teachers’ resources in three different contexts: empowering learning’, in Conteh J. & Meier G. (eds) The Multilingual Turn in Languages Education: Opportunities and Challenges, published by Multilingual Matters

Stop the press!

CLERA Distinguished Lecture will be held on Thursday 13th November at 4pm.  We are delighted to welcome Professor Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton, whose talk is entitled “Diverse Englishes, intercultural communication, and ‘international’ universities”.  Please book your place at this free event by contacting:

Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture: Prof Jennifer Jenkins


Invitation_CLERA Distinguished Lecture 2014

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Helen Donaghue

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Our Researcher of the Month for October is Helen Donaghue. Helen is a doctoral student at Aston researching the co-construction and negotiation of identity and face in post observation feedback meetings between EFL teachers and their supervisors. She currently works as a senior lecturer in English Language Teaching at Sheffield Hallam University where she teaches on EAP and undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education courses. She spent 12 years in the United Arab Emirates where she taught EAP and ran the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology. She is interested in language teacher education, discourse analysis, institutional interaction and language testing.

Click here to read her profile.

CPD event: ‘Multimedia Language Learning on the iPad’


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CPD event: Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu


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