Research in and for Languages

Date: 27 April, 2012
Location: GH510, Graham Hills Building, John Anderson Campus, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Event type: Workshop

Location map | Programme

This workshop is being jointly organised by the LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies and SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.

Its aims are to share and discuss research projects in progress and to provide a platform for networking. We welcome contributions from staff and students. The event will be of particular interest to PhD, EdD and MA students.

Keynote speaker: Professor Emeritus Richard Johnstone OBE

We invited proposals for papers and posters reporting on research in progress on the following themes:

·         -  Teaching and learning of modern and community languages in schools, universities and the wider community
-   Language policy
-   Applied linguistics
-  Sociolinguistics
-  Use of languages for humanities research (e.g. history, politics, sociology etc.)
-  Use of languages in the professions and in the workplace

Further instructions to find the meeting room once you have arrived at the Graham Hills Building:

Using the entrance via Richmond Street (i.e. the back of the building), rather than from George Street.  From the back entrance you only need to walk up one flight of stairs (or take the lift) and upon getting to the corridor on Level 5 the room is straight on the right (i.e. facing Richmond Street).


  • This event is free of charge
  • Please note that there is a cancellation fee of £50 if you do not notify us by Monday 16 April 2012 that you are unable to attend.
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Maximum of 30 participants only


Time Session
09.45 - 10.15 Refreshments and registration
10.15 - 10.40

Welcome and Keynote
Research on Languages, Cultures and Systems in an era of Complexity

Professor Richard Johnstone. University of Stirling
Presentation available to view here

10.40 - 11.10

An innovative approach to teaching Chinese to beginner teachers
Dr Jane Medwell / Katherine Richardson, University of Warwick
Presentation available to view here

11.10 - 11.35

Is English enough? Language Management in the UK financial sector
Dr Mary Fischer, Edinburgh Napier University
Presentation available to view here

  Comfort Break
11.45 - 12.10

A study of young learner motivation: adding an affective dimension to the 'younger = better' debate
Louise Courtney, University of Southampton

12.10 - 12.35 Translation in intercultural health settings
Teresa Piacentini, University of Glasgow
Presentation available to view here
12.35 - 13.45 Lunch and posters
Posters available to view :
13.45 - 14.10 'One of us' - a case study of language and identity in two mixed-race (white and South Asian) Britons
Sheenz Kalayil, Manchester Metropolitan University
Presentation available to view here
14.10 - 14.35 Teaching successful spoken requests in an EAP context
Christian Jones & Nicola Halenko, University of Central Lancashire
Presentation available to view here
  Comfort Break
14.45 - 15.10 Crowdsourcing research and corpus planning for lesser-resourced languages
Mark McConville, University of Glasgow
Presentation available to view here
15.10 - 15.35 Assessing the work placement abroad
Laurence Giraud-Johnstone, University of the West of Scotland
Presentation available here
15.35 - 15.50 Closing remarks LLAS & SCILT