The Centre for Language Learning Research in the Department of Education, University of York, is pleased to announce that it will host EUROSLA 24, the 24th Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association. You are kindly invited to submit abstracts for papers, posters, thematic colloquia and doctoral workshops on any domain and subdomain of second language research.
The Conference will start in the morning of 4 September 2014 and close at lunchtime on 6 September 2014. Preceding the Conference, there will be a doctoral workshop and a Language Learning roundtable, both on 3 September. The theme of this year’s roundtable is ’Language learning theory and practice: Bridging the gap’.
François Grosjean, University of Neuchâtel
Leah Roberts, University of York
Natasha Tokowicz, University of Pittsburgh
Sharon Unsworth, Radboud University Nijmegen
28 February 2014: abstract submission deadline
25 April 2014: notification of acceptance
28 April 2014: early bird registration starts
15 June 2014: registration closes for presenters
25 June 2014: early bird registration closes
26 June 2014: full fee registration starts
3 September 2014: doctoral workshop and roundtable
4-6 September 2014: conference
As in previous years, several student stipends will be available for doctoral students.
If you wish to apply, please send the following information to email@example.com before 28 February 2014:
1. Name, institution, and address of institution; 2. Curriculum vitae (attached); 3. Official confirmation of a PhD student status; 4. Statement (email) from supervisor or head of Department that the applicant’s institution cannot (fully) cover the conference-related expenses.
Publication of papers
A selection of papers presented at EUROSLA 2014 will be published in the EUROSLA 24 Yearbook following a peer-review process. There is an annual prize for the best EUROSLA Yearbook article. This includes a framed certificate presented at the EUROSLA General Assembly, a fee waiver for the following EUROSLA conference and conference dinner, and free EUROSLA membership for a year.
Abstract submission policy
Each author may submit no more than one single-authored and one co-authored (i.e. not first-authored) abstract to be considered for oral presentations, including colloquia and doctoral workshops. More than one abstract can be submitted for poster presentations. Paper and poster proposals should not have been previously published. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee and evaluated in terms of rigour, clarity and significance of the contribution, as well as its relevance to second language research. Abstracts should not exceed 450 words (excluding the title, but including optional references).
To submit an abstract please visit http://www.york.ac.uk/eurosla24
On Tuesday 26th November, Catherine Cheater (trainer and author), on behalf of the Primary French Project Partnership, comprising the French Embassy, the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, delivered a one-day course which provided classroom teaching resources and support for Primary practitioners who wish to start teaching French in Key Stage 2.
The course is based on teaching materials, which are fully aligned with the new Programme of Study for Languages in Key Stage 2. Participants were encouraged to use the materials to teach French in school, thereby extending their training and enhancing their subject knowledge.
This first training event focussed on Niveau bleu, which is aimed at children in Year 3, or children in their first year of learning French in Key Stage 2. There are further courses to cover materials for teaching other school years. Further training events will take place at Aston University, a regional centre for Network for Languages, in the near future.
The training course was attended by Class Teachers, MFL Co-ordinators and Trainers from across the West Midlands.
Further information about the Primary French Project can be found at: http://culturetheque.org.uk/learn/primary-french.
Many thanks go to Catherine Cheater and to the participants for making this event such a great success.
If you are interested in attending one of our events, please contact Jacquie Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past week, numerous news outlets have reported on the alarming shortage in language skills in the UK which is predicted to jeopardize the UK economy, according to a new report by the British Council.
To read some of the news stories on the new findings, follow these links:
The Guardian: Shortfall in the languages the UK needs the most
NWPL is a yearly journal chiefly managed by postgraduate students at the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Studies at Newcastle University. It is a continuation of Newcastle and Durham Working Papers in Linguistics.
For this issue, submissions are solicited from all areas of linguistics, including the following but not limited to them:
Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism & Multilingualism, Clinical Linguistics, Conversational Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Forensic Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language and Communication, Language and Culture, Language and Education, Morphology, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Semiotics, Sociolinguistics, Stylistics, Syntax
All submissions should be in accordance with the journal guidelines which can be downloaded from the website.
Submissions & Queries: email@example.com
CALL DEADLINE: 10 January 2014
This new book grew out of the conference “Learning through Sharing: Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication”, organised by the EUROCALL Teacher Education and Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) Special Interest Groups at the University of Bologna (Italy) in March 2012.
It showcases how practitioners in different settings are engaging with the concept of openness in language teaching and learning. The contributions address topics such as: open tools for collaboration; sharing resources; sharing practices; collaborative learning and student-generated content; and learner autonomy.
Download the book free of charge from http://research-publishing.net/publications/2013-beaven-comas-quinn-sawhill/.
The book can also be purchased in a Kindle edition from Amazon, and as a black and white paperback from Lulu (with 20% discount) and from Amazon. It is also available on Google Books full view from October 2013.
For more information, click here.
1000 Words is a new national challenge which aims to inspire everyone to have at least 1000 words in another language. It’s designed to be an open and creative way of spreading the word, and has already been taken up by schools, universities, businesses and individuals. The 1000 Words Challenge is funded jointly by the British Academy and Routes into Languages.
Not everyone will become a fluent linguist, but the aspiration for EVERYONE to have 1000 Words in another language is realistic and achievable.
You can show your support for this goal by:
- displaying the 1000 Words logo
- taking action to help more people achieve it
- spreading the word on Twitter #1000words
- taking the 1000 Words challenge yourself!
Find out more about the 1000 Words challenge by clicking on this link.