September 2014 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 September 2014. Click here to see this email on the LLAS website.

This month's e-bulletin in brief

  • In the news
  • LLAS Blog : GUEST BLOGGER Charles Mansfield "French with Plymouth University"
  • Community Board
  • LLAS events : Our events programme in full can be found at  

In the news

e-Learning Symposium 2015, University of Southampton, 22-23 January 2015
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - Come and celebrate our 10th anniversary

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? 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, Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the 10th annual e-learning symposium, on 22/3 January, 2015. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words. Read more...


Third Year Abroad Answers
TYA Answers is dedicated to students who want their questions about studying or working abroad during their degree answered. It's also the perfect place to pass on the benefit of your experience to the next generation of students, by answering their questions. Topics include the Erasmus programme, what it's like studying languages at university, careers for 'Global Graduates,' doing an internship abroad and more. TYA Answers is funded by HEFCE as part of Routes into Languages, and is a product of Third Year Abroad Ltd, trading as Read more…

Do you know any inspirational language champions? 
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Threlford Memorial Cup, an award presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Linguists Educational Trust for a significant contribution to ‘fostering the study of languages’. The Cup can be awarded to a person, organisation or project that deserves to be recognised within the field of language study. Please download this form to make your nomination. The deadline for nominations is Friday 5 September, and the IoLET Awards Evening is to be held at the Barbican, London, on Thursday 6 November 2014. For further information please contact: Debbie Butler via email at : or telephone on +44 (0)20 7940 3100.

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LLAS blog  


"French with Plymouth University", Charles Mansfield, Plymouth University

From September 2014 French can be studied from first year undergraduate, right through to postgraduate level with Plymouth University in Devon.  French language had for many years been available from an ab initio level to final year degree-level but the move by Modern Languages into the School of Tourism & Hospitality in 2009 provided the opportunity to develop a French Culture & Society strand for all tourism undergraduates.  In 2013 this was fully rolled out, with the culture modules, as well as the language modules being made available as options to students from other degrees across Plymouth University.  This meant that Plymouth effectively had a French Studies department with approximately 100 students involved in French language or French culture at a level appropriate to their degree.


Community Board NEW

Community Board is a space for you to reach the LLAS community. Whether you want feedback on a project, advertise posts / vacancies, new initiatives, or share good practice, let us know and we will feature it on our Community Board. Email :

  • New Language resources - Two audio guides for learning Chinese and Burmese which you may find of interest.  Chinese Phrases read more...    Burmese Phrases read more...
  • LSE Middle East Centre job vacancy - Projects CoordinatorThe MEC is seeking a Projects Coordinator to run the Centre’s Academic Collaboration with the Arab Universities Programme and its student scholarships programme. The post-holder will also manage other research projects and contribute to the Centre’s communications, events and fundraising activities. This is a new position which has been created owing to the expansion of the Centre. Applications must be received by 4 September 2014 (midnight UK time).  Read more...

Please note: items posted on the Community Board are advertised but not endorsed by LLAS.

Forthcoming LLAS events

September 2014

ASMCF 2014 Annual Conference
9-11 September, 2014 - University of Southampton

November 2014

Making Video for Language Learning and Teaching
15 November 2014 - University of York

January 2015

10th e-learning symposium
SAVE THE DATE 22-23 January 2015 - University of Southampton 

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