Autumn 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 Autumn 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  ‘Knights, longbows and mud: working on a new MOOC about the battle of Agincourt'
  • Community Board

In the news

CALL for CONTRIBUTIONS - LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016 - Submissions deadline: Monday 12 October 2015

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 11th annual e-learning symposium, on 21/22 January, 2016. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words.  For further information and to submit your abstract, please go to the website at : 


FREE online 'Cultural Studies and Modern Languages' course - BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE - goes live on Monday 12 October 2015

This MOOC, delivered by 13 of the Bristol University's School of Modern Languages staff, ran for the first time in February 2015 and attracted almost 15,000 learners world wide. It is a free, online introduction to the study of Modern Languages and Cultures, aimed at a sixth-form audience and beyond, and requiring no language other than English to follow it. Students are introduced to a range of foreign cultures via key slogans, texts, monuments, and images over a four week period.   The course is ideal for anyone thinking of taking courses in Modern Languages, European  / World history or cultural studies at university.  You can register by following this link:   For more information please visit our website:


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS to an e-book 'Employability for Languages' : a handbook - Deadline for expressions of interest : Monday 5 October 2015

Routes into Languages are planning the publication of a selection of case studies showcasing the excellent and inspiring work of language teachers, academics and practitioners in the area of employability for language graduates. This collection will form a snapshot of good practice and show the outcomes of recent projects and debates in the area of employability. Case studies will accompany articles from invited contributors describing a variety of personal experiences in the area.  For further information contact : or please visit our website at :


Don’t forget to join our webinar on Friday, 23 October 2015

Routes into Languages is launching a series of webinars covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity. Their second webinar is scheduled for Friday, 23 October 2015. The event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel.



FREE online 'Agincourt 1415: Myth and Relality' course starting 19 October 2015
Mark the 600th anniversay of the Battle of Agincourt, exploring its history and legacy.  You are invited to join the free, interactive course with the foremost accademic expert on the battle, Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton, and other leading experts on medieval history.  Sign up for the two week course at:


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LLAS blog  

FutureLearn MOOC ‘Knights, longbows and mud: working on a new MOOC about the battle of Agincourt'

This summer has seen me take a fascinating side step from the LLAS disciplines and into history: medieval history and the battle of Agincourt, to be exact. After producing the FutureLearn course ‘Understanding Language’ last year, I am now involved in producing a new MOOC about Agincourt. My summer has been crammed full of knights in armour, longbows, medieval guns and mud – I confess, it has been hugely enjoyable!  I am working with Professor Anne Curry, who is based at the University of Southampton and is the world’s foremost academic expert on the battle, and Dan Spencer, a PG researcher into medieval weaponry. The course ‘Agincourt 1415: myth and reality,’ will run through FutureLearn on October 19th and will conicide with the 600th anniversary of the battle.  Read more...

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 :

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


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