Archived ebulletin: February 2006

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This bulletin contains information on the following:

  1. Vocational Languages - Multi-site Video Conference
  2. Bologna Process
  3. Subject Centre Conference 2006
  4. Subject Centre CD 'Why Study Languages?'
  5. Other Events
  6. Foreign Language Teaching Abroad - Survey
  7. Year Abroad - Fee Structure for Students during their year abroad - Survey
  8. Updating of AULC Statistics

Subject Centre Events

1. Vocational Languages - multi-site video conference

10 March 2006
This video conference will be held on 10 March 2006. For detailed information about participating sites, contributors and timing please contact Keith Marshall at

2. Bologna Process - Seminar

Senate House, University of London
12 May 2006
This seminar will report on the latest developments in the Bologna Process relating to the 'framework of qualifications' and will explore some of the key issues relating to the implementation in the UK and
across Europe. The event will have a particular focus on the Humanities and will include reports on the latest discussion on this issue at European level. It will be of interest to senior managers, international officers, curriculum developers and subject practitioners in the Humanities. The seminar will be free of charge and registration should be made via the online form on the Subject Centre website.

3. Subject Centre Conference 2006

University of Cardiff, Wales
6-7 July 2006
A reminder to visit the Subject Centre website for all the information and registration details of this third biennial conference for Languages in Higher Education, jointly organised by CILT, the National Centre for Languages and the LLAS Subject Centre.

New Subject Centre CD 'Why Study Languages?'

4. Subject Centre CD 'Why Study Languages?

The Subject Centre has launched a new CD designed to excite, educate and encourage young people to continue with their language learning in KS4 and beyond. The CD is divided into two parts: 'The Language Lab' is aimed at putils in KS3 and KS4 and 'Why study languages' is aimed at pupils in KS4 and post-16. There are quizzes, powerpoint presentations and much much more and it comes with its own poster. Further information about the CD and information about how to order can be found on the Subject Centre website.

Other Events

5. Other events

For details of other events not being organised by the LLAS Subject Centre please visit the Other Events page on the LLAS Subject Centre website.


6. Foreign Language Teaching Abroad

This is a call for participation in a survey being undertaken on behalf of the European Commission which seeks to obtain information from teachers of foreign languages on the advantages and drawbacks of teaching abroad for longer periods, say from a term to several years. Go to the project website ( for more information. The questionnaire will be on-line until 28 February 2006.

7. Year Abroad: Student fees for Modern Languages during their year abroad

In response to requests from Language Departments, the LLAS Subject Centre wishes to gather and disseminate information on fee structures for students during their period of residence abroad. Please note that any information we receive will be treated in confidence and will not be attributed to a particular institution as you may not have published your policy at this stage. We are interested in collating the variety of policies adopted so that current practice can be shared across the sector. To download the survey please go to the Survey page on the Subject Centre website.

Updating of AULC Statistics

8. AULC Statistics

This item is for the attention of University Language Centres Colleagues are reminded that AULC are currently updating statistics on the numbers of students on IWLPs. As these students represent a significant proportion of the total number of language students, this information is particarly important. Please email your current numbers to Nick Byrne;

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Jane Copeland
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
Modern Languages,
School of Humanities,
University of Southampton,
SO17 1BJ

Tel: 023 8059 4814
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