Summer 2015 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 Summer 2015. Click here to see this email on the LLAS website.

This month's e-bulletin in brief

  • In the news
  • LLAS Blog :  FutureLearn MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ rides again!
  • Community Board

In the news

Online course development for institute in Bhopal, India

Staff within LLAS have been involved in a collaborative project with the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research, in Bhopal. The collaboration saw the creation of an online course in academic writing for scientists, and is a project also supported by the British Council.

Kate Borthwick (senior academic coordinator) worked with representatives from IISER Bhopal to design the course, and Laurence Georgin (academic coordinator) joined two colleagues from Modern Languages on a visit to Bhopal to carry out evaluative work.

The course ran in February this year and was well-received by students. Discussions are now underway for future collaboration and development between Southampton and Bhopal.


Routes LIVE
Routes into Languages is launching a series of webinars covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity. The first webinar 'Working as a translator or interpreter: ask the experts!' is scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2015, 12.30-1.30. The event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel of experts.   Please, visit to find out more details about this event.  and follow us on Twitter #RoutesLive where anybody can post questions to be fed to the panel before the day of the webinar.


Spelling Bee 2015
The final of the Spelling Bee 2015 competition will take place on Friday 3 July 2015 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.  600 schools took part in the regional events and 77 schools will be represented in the Spelling Bee Final.    During the final the winner of the Student Language Ambassador of the Year Award 2015 will be announced.  The award is sponsored by Association for Language Learning (ALL), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Routes into Languages.


Threlford Memorial Cup 2015

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Closing Date for nominations : Friday 31 July 2015
To mark the celebration of Francophone week, the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation in partnership with the Institute Français (London) and the European Commission Representation in the UK is delighted to invite you to a fascinating evening of poetry focusing on the French experience of the First World War and the literature it produced. For further information, please click here


TELL-OP - EU-funded Strategic Partnership
TELL-OP is a EU-funded Strategic Partnership that seeks to promote the take-up of innovative practices in European language learning by supporting personalized learning approaches that rely on the use of information and communication technologies and open education resources.

Our aim is to promote cooperation in the field of language learning and we hope to foster the use of already available web 2.0 services to facilitate the personalized e-learning of languages in the contexts of higher and adult education, in particular, through the use of mobile devices. To learn more about us, you can visit our website at

In the framework of our project, we intend to create a mobile application for foreign language learning that includes a selection of language processing technologies.

We have designed a survey to help us learn more  about the current use of these technologies and mobile devices in the European teaching context. Our survey seeks to explore the spread and take-up of language, and/or text, processing technologies for language learning.

Completing the survey should not take more than 10 minutes.

By answering the questions, you will be taking part in a European project that seeks to foster the use of new technologies in adult and Higher Education for the learning of languages. You will similarly have the possibility to be among the first teachers to test our TELL-OP app as soon as it becomes available  (during the first half of 2017). Please make sure you leave your e-mail so we can get back to you.

The survey will be available until 30 June, 2015.

Survey in English
Survey in French
Survey in German
Survey in Spanish
Survey in Turkish

Thank you for your time, support and feedback!  The TELL-OP team.


New publication: Developing Online Language Teaching by (eds.) Regine Hampel and Ursula Stickler, Palgrave Macmillan.

This book supports language teaching professionals and researchers who are keen to engage in online teaching and learning. It integrates theory and practice from a research-informed teaching perspective and helps teachers in formal and informal settings to become confident users of online tools.

Kate Borthwick (senior academic coordinator at LLAS) co-authored (with Anna Comas-Quinn from the OU) the chapter on open educational resources: ‘Sharing: open educational resources for language teachers’.



LLAS publishes free, open access ebook to celebrate 10th elearning symposium

LLAS (Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies) in ML has just published a free, open access ebook: ’10 Years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice’. This edited collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the elearning symposium and features contributions from practitioners across the UK and the world. The book includes case studies and reflective pieces which showcase good practice in the use of technology for language teaching and learning. Many contributors to the ebook will be speaking at elearning symposium.
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LLAS blog  

FutureLearn MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ rides again!

April 20th saw the start of the second run of the University of Southampton/British Council course ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching.’ This is a free 4-week, online course run through FutureLearn. As designer of the course.........


Community Board 

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 :

  • Nihongo Cup: the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools in the UK Finals Day, Sat 20 June 12.30 - 16.45, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL - Free entry, no booking required (seating - first come first served).  Students from all levels of secondary education showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies.  The Nihongo Cup is organised by (ALL) Assocation for Language Learning with support from the Japan Foundation London and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.    Read more....
  • Summer School for International and European Studies 2015, University of Vienna, 18th July to 15th August 2015 - The four week programme offers high level European Studies Courses in the morning and German language courses in the afrternoon.  The European Studies courses are held in English and focus on the emerging New Europe.  Read more
  • EUROCALL2015, University of Padova, Italy, 26-29 August 2015 - Registration open, EUROCALL conferences bring together educators, researchers, PhD students, administrators, designers of software and language learning systems, policy makers and other professionals involved in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) around the globe.  For further information, please click here
  • Research Impact: Evidencing the REF, 14 July 2015, King's House Conference Centre, Manchester -  The conference which will explore case studies and testimonials to help universities effectively measure impact and offer practical guidance on delivering high quality submissions across disciplines and projects.
    Read more.....

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