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

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News Bulletin
December 2015

Dear colleague,  

Welcome to the LLAS e-bulletin for December 2015. Click here to see this email on the LLAS website.

This month's e-bulletin in brief

  • In the news
  • LLAS Blog :  The Ethnographic Encounters Project
  • Community Board

In the news

LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016 - Provisional programme now online

Registration is 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

Scott Windeatt, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University 

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 :


Don’t forget to join our third webinar "Languages for business" 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 "Languages for business" is scheduled for Friday, 15 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 here...... 


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 :


Transnationalizing Modern Languages : Reshaping the discipline for the 21st Century
The British Academy, London
Friday 26 Feb 2016 at 10.00am

Recent public policy statements have stressed the need for concerted action to address the fact that recruitment on Modern Languages courses within the UK is in decline, and influential reports (see Worton "Review of Modern Foreign Languages 2009" have emphasized the need for Modern Languages to articulate its identity more robustly.  The large project, 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages' (TML), part of the AHRC's 'Translating Cultures' initiative, aims to provide a model that allows Modern Languages to be construed and practised not as the inquiry into separate national traditions, but as the study of cultures and their interactions. It focuses on the centrality of language and culture as situated sets of practices whose performance is crucial to all areas of social life, from individual experience to the building of local as well as virtual communities.  For further information on the project, event and to register, please click here...


BRISMES Annual Conference 2016 - Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyberspace
13-15 July 2016, University of Wales Trinity St David

In collaboration with the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies invites proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference. Paper and panel proposals deadline is before 19 February 2016.  Further information can be found at :


Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University (INNOCONF16)
17 June 2016, University of York
CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline Friday 26 February 2016

This conference provides an opportunity for professionals involved in teaching and learning of Modern Foreign Languages to share their expertise on current challenges in the Higher Education sector.  For further information and to submit your abstract, please go to the website at :



Read more news items on our page at

LLAS blog  

The Ethnographic Encounters Project

The Ethnographic Encouters Project, run by Marion Demossier and Lisa Bernasek, Modern Languages, University of Southampton from 2013, came to a close with a daylong conference and workshop on Wed 4th Nov 2015, which included a roundtable of invited speakers.....  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

  • The European Association for International Education conference, Liverpool, UK - Largest international higher education conference offering the ideal platform for expertise, networking and resources.   Read more ......
  • IGALA 9 Conference, Hong Kong, 19-21 May 2016 - Final call for papers.  The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 15 December 2015.  Read more.....

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