Teaching Less Widely Used and Less Taught Languages (LWULT)

Date: 1 June, 2009
Location: CILT, the National Centre for Languages, London
Event type: Workshop


students in class

Past event summary

This one-day workshop is aimed at teachers of less widely used and less taught languages in Higher Education. It will also be of interest to researchers of community language pedagogies.

This event is organised by the Subject Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies in collaboration with CILT, the National Centre for Languages and the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Languages of the Wider World.

This workshop brings together expertise to share good practice in the teaching and learning of LWULT languages in the HE environment in a number of areas including:

  • Motivation of community language students
  • Languages of the wider world and the Common European Framework for Reference – levels and assessment
  • Using technology to produce and share resources
  • Approaches to dialects and diglossia
  • Teaching tones
  • Teaching scripts
  • Managing mixed ability classes and teaching ab initio
  • Q&A panel

Workshop fee

There is no charge to attend for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions. The fee for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions is £40.
Lunch will be provided. We reserve the right to charge a £50.00 non-attendance fee.

Travel bursary

A travel bursary is available for this event.

Programme for 1 June 2009
Time Session
09.45 - 10.20 Registration and coffee
10.20 - 10.30 Welcome and intro
10.30 - 11.15 Language and Identity: issues around language learning, identity formation and motivation
Professor Itesh Sachdev, Professor of Language and Communication, Director: SOAS-UCL Centre of Excellence for Languages of the Wider World
11.15 - 12.00

Reading as a social act
Dr Noriko Iwasaki, Lecturer in Language Pedagogy, Chair: Centre for Language Pedagogy, Research and Development, SOAS

Powerpoint Slides

12.00 - 12.30 Using technology for sharing resources
LLAS team
Powerpoint Slides
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch and tour of library
13.30 - 15.15 Workshops (will run twice)
  1. Communicative teaching despite diglossia, the case of Arabic
    Yousef Omar: Accredited Courses Manager, Coordinator Diploma in Arabic and Certificate in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, SOAS
  2. Teaching tones
    Hui Gao, Chinese, SOAS
    Word Teaching tones
  3. Teaching scripts
    Dr Lucien Brown, Research Fellow, Centre for Korean Studies, SOAS
    Powerpoint Slides
  4. Managing ab initio and mixed ability classes
    Jo Eastlake: Teacher Trainer, SOAS-UCL Centre of Excellence for Languages of the Wider World
    Powerpoint Slides
    Word Case Study
    Word Roleplay
    Word Extract
15.15 - 15.30 Tea and coffee
15.30 - 16.15 Less widely taught languages and the CEFR
16.15 - 16.30 Summary and follow-up e.g. other events