November 2015 e-bulletin - LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies

The monthly LLAS e-bulletin gives information on events, news items and newly available resources. Register if you would like to receive notification of future e-bulletins via email.




News Bulletin
November 2015

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 :  Looking to the future in languages
  • Community Board

In the news

LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016

Registration is now OPEN for the LLAS 11th eLearning Symposium 2016 which will be held at Avenue Campus, University of Southampton on Thurs 21 and Fri 22 January 2016. 

Keynote speakers:
Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education, University of Edinburgh
Teresa MacKinnon, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick 

We will also have papers presented by colleagues from all over the world on topics including :
MOOCs for cultural studies and language teaching  /  Telecollaboration across borders / Student-teacher roles in MOOCs / open source games / language learning and Facebook / CLIL and effective use of technology / Virtual tools to support the Year Abroad / Tablets in teaching / Technology and effective feedback / Apps for language learning / Students as agents of change in online course design / Integrating MOOCs with face-to-face teaching / open educational resources / Technology and post-humanist education / Use of web tools to engage students / Academic writing to a mass audience via a MOOC / Using effective discussion boards for less widely used  languages

and workshops on :
Tutoring for a mass audience (on MOOCs) / Using Pinterest to develop independent learning skills / How to engage students as agents of change

Further information and details on how to register can be found at :


Language Issues, Special Edition
Working Title : Community Languages: issues and opportunities
Issue : Summer 2016, 27.1

The Editorial Board for Language Issues invites papers for the summer 2016 (27.1) issue. This issue will focus on the learning and teaching of community languages.

Census 2011 figures show a significant proportion of people in the UK reporting a language other than English as their main language. We welcome contributions on all languages other than English used in such communities. We are also interested in papers which would seek to broaden the definition of community languages.

The papers could be about any of these topics and beyond: policy, practical teaching, grammar, linguistic features, teacher training, resources including multimedia, corpora and their uses, endangered languages. We particularly encourage contributions from teachers and learners about their perspectives on classroom experiences.

Language Issues is a part peer-reviewed journal where ESOL and community language practitioners and related professionals share ideas on language teaching and learning. The main focus of Language Issues is the exploration of the middle ground between academic research and classroom practice, including the:

•   sharing of good practice in teaching, training and management
•   dissemination of up-to-date information regarding current political and social issues related to the field
•   promotion of educational research
•   publication of conference reports and reviews of relevant books and materials.

Please send article outlines and expressions of interest by 4 December 2015 to       If you would like to see a sample copy of  Language Issues, please contact Jane Arstall at


17th AULC Annual Conference : Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January 2016

Cardiff University's School of Modern Languages are hosting the 2016 Association of University Language Centres international conference.  This is a prestigious and international annual event where language learning and teaching specialists and practitioners meet and discuss latest developements in the area.

This year's conference will be held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.  The call for papers is now open and information relating to the themes and details on how to register can be found at :


Don’t forget to join our third webinar on Friday, 15 January 2016

Routes into Languages is launching a series of webinars covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity. Their third webinar is scheduled for Friday, 16 January 2016. The event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel.  The previous two webinars "Routes into language teaching" and "Working as a translator or Interpreter : Ask the Experts!" are available to view by clicking on the links. 



Read more news items on our page at

LLAS blog  

Looking to the future in languages

Over the past few years, the UK has relied on a good deal of government support to help maintain and develop languages in our schools and universities.  This has taken many forms, including funding to subsidise work and study abroad, incentives for people to train as language teachers, and projects like the Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning, the Subject Centre, Routes into Languages, Born Global (British Academy), Translating Cultures and Open World (AHRC)........  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 : and put "Community Board" in the subject header

  • Critical Link 8 - Critical LinkS - a new generation, 29th June to 1st July 2016, Heriot-Watt University - Future-proofing Interpreting and Translating.  Second call for papers.  Read more ......
  • DST-NRF Fellowship Scheme for Early Career Researchers from the UK - Administered by South Africa's National Research Foundation in partnership with the UK Academies.  Funding call to pursue academic research at South African universities or eligible institutes. Read more...
  • Studying in Canada - Website offering information on studying and working in Canada developed by students.  Read more....
  • English and Grammar - Free downloadable English Grammar lessons and worksheets, Read more.......

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


REMEMBER you can follow LLAS on Facebook, TwitterLinkedin and!

We would be grateful if you would forward this bulletin to colleagues and relevant mailing lists. Please do not hesitate to contact LLAS if you have any queries regarding this bulletin.

LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies 
University of Southampton | Avenue Campus | Southampton | SO17 1BJ 
p: +44 (0) 23 8059 4814 | f: +44 (0) 23 8059 4815 |


If you do not wish to receive any future messages from LLAS, please let us know by replying to this email.