CLERA Distinguished Lecture: Prof Jennifer Jenkins

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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.

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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!

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.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Raquel Medina

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. Raquel Medina.bmpOur Researcher of the Month for September is Dr Raquel Medina, Head of Spanish. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (US) and joined Aston University as Head of Spanish in 2006, after working for 12 years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (US). She is the author of Surrealismo en la poesía española de posguerra (Visor, 1997) and co-editor of Sexualidad y escritura (Anthropos, 2002).  She has published on contemporary Spanish poetry, women writers and cultural studies. Her  current research focuses on the representation of Alzheimer’s disease in film, fiction and non-fiction narrative, and poetry, and emphasizes how cultural texts have the power of creating, sustaining, and changing meanings of AD.

Second Annual ‘How does language & literacy work?’ Conference at Aston University

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On behalf of CLERA and InterLanD (School of Languages & Social Sciences), Dr Urszula Clark hosted the second annual conference on the topic: ‘How Does Language & Literacy Work?’ on 17th May 2014. The conference continues the ground breaking collaboration begun last year between University researchers, providers of continuing development programmes in teaching English as an additional language and teachers across the primary and secondary sectors.

The conference aimed to:

  • Make the workings of the language system explicit in order to appreciate the role language plays, in constructing knowledge across all learning areas.
  • Build understandings about the patterned ways meanings are made within and across genres so that educators are able to develop students’ language resources to understand and produce those genres.
  • Enable participants to understand and use the differences between spoken and written language, both as a teaching and a learning tool.

This year’s keynote speakers were Caroline Coffin, Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK and Claire Acevedo, Freelance Education Consultant and Teacher Educator. There were also a series of workshops run by Dr Garry Plappert and Dr Urszula Clark, Aston University and Lee Donaghy, Park View Academy, Birmingham.

During the conference, there was plenty of opportunity for discussion of a range of issues in the field.

Feedback was positive. One delegate said, ‘This has increased my knowledge about functional linguistics. It has been an excellent opportunity to learn from a wide variety of professionals.’ Another delegate said, ‘Really excellent again, thanks so much for being so welcoming. I would definitely come again in 2015 & beyond!’

Many thanks go to Dr Urszula Clark for organising the conference and to all the speakers and delegates who gave up a warm, sunny Saturday to attend.

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  http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/current

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Wine Tesseur

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.

Wine TesseurOur Researcher of the Month for July is Wine Tesseur, a Marie Curie Researcher at Aston University. She holds an MA in Germanic Languages from KU Leuven (Belgium) and an MA in Translation from Lessius University College (Belgium). She is currently working on her PhD at Aston as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network TIME (Translation Research Training: An integrated and intersectoral model for Europe). Her PhD deals with translation policy at Amnesty International.
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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: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/crazy-animals-other-activities-teaching-young-learners

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Muna Morris-Adams

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.

Muna Morris-AdamsOur Researcher of the Month for June is Dr Muna Morris-Adams. She has extensive experience of teaching both foreign languages and EFL in a wide range of contexts. At Aston she teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, both on-campus and by distance learning, as well as supervising PhD students. Her main research interests are language teaching methodology, classroom interaction, spoken discourse analysis and intercultural communication.

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