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Current awareness for language teachers and students provided by the University of Sussex Language Learning Centre

Modern languages research

Posted by Tom Roper on September 13, 2007

I’ll write a full account of yesterday’s WESLINE colloquium as soon as I can. In the meantime this AHRC-commissioned project to review research in modern languages is worth mentioning.


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English Teaching Professional: Second Life, podcasts and wikis

Posted by Tom Roper on September 3, 2007

The new issue of English Teaching Professional has articles on using Second Life in teaching by Howard Vickers of Avatar Languages, on podcasting by Peter Travis of Splendid Speaking, which lists some useful EFL podcast sites, such as and and Russell Stannard on wikis. For the last article, Russell has cerated a reader’s wiki (registration with PBwiki required) and provided some training videos at:

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Mary Beard on GCSE results

Posted by Tom Roper on August 24, 2007

GCSE results were out yesterday, and A levels the week before, and Mary Beard comments on the former and on the future of language learning in schools in her excellent Don’s Diary, Sprechen Sie what?

As well as the examination results, GCSEs here (pdf), A levels here (pdf), CILT, the National Centre for Languages, have some useful analysis of trends in modern languages at university level:

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Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech

Posted by Tom Roper on August 14, 2007

SCOTS, the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech, is now live. I note the warning:

‘SCOTS aims to represent language as it is actually used. Consequently some users may find some of the content offensive: we have attempted to indicate such documents with Content labels. Content labels, if they apply, can be found alongside the document title’

A search for Rab C Nesbitt retrieves nothing, I’m sorry to say

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ReCALL: integrating CAll into the classroom

Posted by Tom Roper on August 13, 2007

The May 2007 issue of ReCALL, journal of the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, has just arrived in the Language Learning Centre, with interesting articles from their 2006 conference, chief among them this:

A review of technology choice for teaching language skills and areas in the CALL literature
Glenn Stockwell
ReCALL, Volume 19, Issue 02, May 2007, pp 105-120
doi: doi:10.1017/S0958344007000225

Online access requires a subscription.

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Conference: integrating ICT in the ML classroom

Posted by Tom Roper on August 3, 2007

Joe Dale asks me to publicise a forthcoming conference on the Isle of Wight on integrating ICT in the ML classroom to be held on 13 October on the Isle of Wight.  His blog, though aimed at schools rather than universities, is also worth a look: 

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Modern languages at university

Posted by Tom Roper on August 3, 2007

In the latest update from the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies are some data on modern languages degree course applications and acceptances, in greater detail than the UCAS figures:

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Posted by Tom Roper on July 26, 2007

Today’s presentation to Jennifer Book and Andrew Blair’s Overseas Teachers 2: using computers and multimedia class is up on Slideshare. The handout (pdf) is here.

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Sussex Language Institute Facebook Group

Posted by Tom Roper on July 24, 2007

Thanks to Rachel, we now have a Sussex Language Institute Facebook group: 

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Languages for work day: 26 September

Posted by Tom Roper on July 20, 2007

Hove Park School will hold a languages for work promotion event on Wednesday 26 September, the European Day of Languages.
It’s organised by the Brighton and Hove Learning Partnership, but there’s nothing on their website yet.

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