CLERA research student wins JALT Research Grant

CLERA research student Marcus Grandon won a JALT Research Grant (2012) to conduct a study on classroom interaction in Japanese university classrooms. Results will be published in “The Language Teacher” with preliminary findings to be presented at the 2013 JALT International conference in Kobe, Japan.
In addition, judges selected a photograph by Grandon for a prize at a photo contest sponsored by Cengage Learning at the 2012 JALT conference. The photo was displayed in an exhibition at the conference alongside other works by award-winning National Geographic photographs.
The theme for the contest was “Kizuna:  Bringing people together”. Here’s a copy of the prize winning photo:

CLERA Researcher of the Month

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

This month, CLERA presents Joseph Siegel, lecturer in English at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, and postgraduate (DL) researcher at Aston University.

Please go here to read his full profile.

FYI: CRELLA Summer Research Seminar 2012

On Thursday 5th July 2012, CRELLA (The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment) at the University of Bedfordshire will host their Summer Research Seminar, the sixth in the series, and all are welcome to attend.

This time the Seminar is focussing on PhD research related to language testing and assessment. In addition to presentations by CRELLA and invited Phd students, the main speaker will be Dr. John Field, discussing cognitive validity and the testing of listening.

The event is free. If you would like to attend please email Research Administrator Rebecca Selvaratnam (

For further details see their website:

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.