Language World 2013: Imagine…

The Language World 2013 conference and exhibition is at Nottingham Trent University from Friday 22 March – Saturday 23 March 2013. The theme is ‘Imagine…’

The organisers welcome ‘contributions which include examples from current innovative practice in all sectors, and the principles that underpin them’, and those which cover the following areas, bearing in mind the overall theme:

Creativity – Motivation – Primary, in particular, links between languages and the wider primary curriculum – KS2-3 transition – KS3, KS4, KS5 – Further Education – Adult Education – HE, in particular collaborative initiatives in languages education between universities and schools.

Contributions are welcome from teachers and specialists in languages education both in the UK and from overseas (expenses will be covered from the UK port of entry).

For more information, go to the conference website.

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LLAS Languages in Higher Education conference – a look back

On July 5-6, 2012, the 6th biennial LLAS conference entitled ‘Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education’ took place in Edinburgh. The rich conference programme included plenaries from distinguished scholars and policy makers such as Prof Jim Coleman (Open University, chair of University Council of Modern Languages UCML; click here to download his presentation slides), Prof Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton), Prof Colin Riordan (University of Essex) and Prof James Foreman-Peck (Cardiff University), alongside two days of paper sessions from UK and European researchers and practitioners working in Higher Education. The key note speeches gave an excellent overview of the status quo – and the future – of MFL teaching and learning in the UK and the plenary discussions contributed to a wider understanding of the challenges which universities are facing in relation to national educational trends.

The themes of the conference focussed on employability, the value of the year abroad experience, internationalisation and MFL for non-specialists, among others. A wide range of papers and presentations offered insight into current practice and innovative solutions at a wide range of HE institutions in the UK and elsewhere. For a full list of the papers presented, go to the conference website to download the programme. 

Two members of CLERA presented papers at the conference: Dr Claudia Gremler presented findings from a project on video production in the language classroom (read a good practice report on her project on the HEA website), and Elisabeth Wielander talked about content teaching in the target language, presenting some of the findings of her on-going PhD project investigating CLIL in UK Higher Education. A number of delegates from UK universities expressed their interest in CLIL and their institutions’ intention to expand target-language delivery in undergraduate MFL programmes, which opens possible avenues for future cooperation and dissemination of these findings. Both papers sparked lively Q&A sessions which provided valuable feedback and led to stimulating discussions with other researchers, and both conference papers will be revised and submitted for publication in the future.

Call for papers: CamTESOL 2013

The 9th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching – Language and Empowerment will take place in Phnom Penh in Cambodia on 23-24 February 2013. The call for papers is out now, abstracts are accepted for papers, workshops or posters sessions (submission deadline: 15 September, 2012). Practising teachers of English are especially invited to participate.

For more information, click here.

1st Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

ImageOn Thursday, June 28, 2012, the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) at Aston University will be holding its 1st Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference (IPC).

Postgraduate students from the four academic subject areas represented in the school  – both on campus and distance learners through Skype – will present their research and receive feedback from experienced academics.

The IPC will also feature keynote speakers Professor Anne Burns – Director of the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston, Professor Gertrud Reershemius – Associate Dean for Research, and Prof John Gaffney – Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe.

Learn more about the conference here.

Transition in Languages conference

Network for Languages, in cooperation with CLERA, invites you to a one-day conference investigating the topic of transition in language teaching and learning on July 3rd, 2012, at Aston Business School.

In a number of plenary sessions and three workshop strands, national and regional policy makers and high-profile practitioners will discuss issues surrounding transition at all levels, from primary to tertiary education, and will offer practical solutions and strategies.

Go to the conference website to learn more and to register for the event.