October 2013 e-bulletin - LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies

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News Bulletin

Dear colleague,  

Welcome to the LLAS e-bulletin for October 2013. Click here to see this email on the LLAS website.

This month's e-bulletin in brief

  • In the news
  • LLAS Blog: Open Educational Resources in Modern Foreign Languages, Kate Borthwick
  • LLAS events : Our events programme in full can be found at www.llas.ac.uk/events  
    IN FOCUS: 
    Making Video for Language Learning and Teaching, 16 November 2013, Centre for English Language Teaching, Vanbrugh College, University of York

    Call for papers EXTENDED: 11 October 2013 e-learning symposium 2014, 23-24 January 2014, University of Southampton

In the news

Language campaign urges everyone to learn 1000 words
A multi-institutional campaign aims to challenge elitist attitudes towards language learning and calls for 1000 words in another language as a realistic goal for all. Read more...

LLAS e-learning symposium 2014 - Call for papers EXTENDED : 11 October 2013
Do you make innovative use of technology in delivering language teaching content or assessments? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources? If so, then the LLAS community would like to hear from you!
LLAS’s successful annual symposium on the use of technology in HE language education is a 2-day event of practical presentations, workshops and inspiring ideas to fuel the imagination.. Read more about the symposium on our scoop.it page at http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-symposium. To find out more and register to attend, please click here

ELTons 2014 | British Council 
The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching. Applications are now open! Read more...

FREE Issue 3/2013 of Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society NOW ONLINE
Issue No. 3, Vol. 9 (2013) of Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society (Je-LKS) is now online, with Guest Editor Prof. Valerio Eletti. This issue focuses on 'Complexity Education'. You can have OPEN and FREE access to all articles and contents at the following URL: www.je-lks.org

FREE BOOK Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (with contributions from Kate Borthwick and Alison Dickens from LLAS
The book showcases some of the ways in which practitioners in different settings are engaging with the concept of openness in language teaching and learning. It contains contributions on: open tools for collaboration; sharing resources; sharing practices; collaborative learning and student-generated content; and learner autonomy. It aims to provide ideas for language teachers who might want to dip their toes into the world of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP), or maybe experiment further. Read more...

IntlUni - Quality in the multilingual classroom
The University of Southampton is involved in a large-scale European project called IntlUni (http://intluni.eu/) which aims to explore the challenges and issues associated with the multilingual classroom and to establish quality criteria for international teaching.
For universities all over the world, being able to attract international students is a sign of prestige. But how are higher education institutions to ensure a good learning outcome for both national and international students - and make sure that the degree programmes taught in English are of sufficient quality? This is the core of the IntlUni project: The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space in the International University. The European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Program has granted € 600,000 in support of the project, which is based at Aarhus University’s School of Business and Social Sciences, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CUL). The project is run by Associate Professor Karen M. Lauridsen. Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Alessia Cogo, and Kate Borthwick, academic coordinator (LLAS) are representing Southampton in project activities by gathering the experiences of lecturers through surveys, interviews and focus groups. This data will form the basis of recommendations on ensuring the best quality experience for students.
You can contribute your opinions and comments to the project by visiting the website and signing up for the project newsletter, or commenting on the blog: http://intluni.eu/

LLAS/Routes into Languages 'Why study languages?' 2013 calendar
This calendar is produced by LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies as part of the Routes into Languages programme. You can download all months for free at the beginning of each month at http://languagebox.ac.uk/3126 This year, languages featured include Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Tigrinya and more! 

Read more news items on our Scoop.it page at www.scoop.it/u/llas-centre#curatedTopicsTabSelected

 LLAS blog  

Open Educational Resources in Modern Foreign Languages - Kate Borthwick, LLAS

Last Friday, 20th September, saw a one-day conference on open educational resources in modern foreign languages, held at the University of Bristol. It was an enjoyable and interesting day, at which about 50 MFL colleagues from across the UK came together to share practice, to inspire others and be inspired in turn.


Forthcoming events in the LLAS community

October 2013

FREE No island is an island - European Perspectives of Language Learning in Britain
18 October, 2013 - Olympia Central during the London Languages Show

November 2013

FREE ELF and multilingual practices in professional contexts
7-8 November, 2013 - University of Southampton

FREE Found in Translation
15 November, 3 pm, 2013 - Europe House, London

IN FOCUS Making Video for Language Learning and Teaching
16 November, 2013 - Centre for English Language Teaching, Vanbrugh College, University of York

This practical workshop will introduce ELT professionals to the skills involved in making short video films to support teaching and learning. It will explore how to develop an idea into a film that can be exploited effectively in the classroom or in a self-access context. It will draw on the trainers’ experience of making such films for the Higher Education sector. They are joint authors of the video-based course, Access UK., winner of the English Speaking Union President's Award 2012.
Rather than attempt a full technical briefing, the workshop will help participants identify equipment appropriate to different purposes and skills they can draw on from technical colleagues in their own institutions. During the day, small groups will collaborate on conceiving and shooting a short film with the assistance of trainers.

Participants will:

  • explore techniques of using video for language learning in the classroom and for self-access
  • consider how to prepare content for a dramatised or factual film
  • investigate production techniques for video / audio recording
  • identify technical resources and support appropriate for different projects
  • participate in conceiving and recording a short scene
  • appreciate basic principles of editing


Teaching in higher education through the medium of English
18-22 November, 2013 - University of Southampton

December 2013

Teaching in higher education through the medium of English
16-20 December, 2013 - University of Southampton

January 2014

Call for papers EXTENDED e-learning symposium 2014
23-24 January, 2014 - University of Southampton

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