New Publication: Linguistic Ethnography

CLERA Director Dr Fiona Copland has co-authored an engaging interdisciplinary guide to the unique role of language within ethnography.Copland & Creese Linguistic Ethnography from SAGE

From the publisher:

The book provides a philosophical overview of the field alongside practical support for designing and developing your own ethnographic research. It demonstrates how to build and develop arguments and engages with practical issues such as ethics, transcription and impact.

There are chapter-long case studies based on real research that will explain key themes and help you create and analyse your own linguistic data. Drawing on the authors’ experience they outline the practical, epistemological and theoretical decisions that researchers must take when planning and carrying out their studies.

For more information, go to the publisher’s website.


CPD: Assessment and the New National Curriculum for MFL


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Event: Starting work as a Translator or Interpreter

Are you interested in working as a translator or interpreter, but unsure how to start? This one-day event should answer questions on:
– the qualities and skills you need to work as a translator or interpreter
– how to get organised – and where to find help
– breaking through the ‘no experience = no work’ barrier pricing and financial aspects of being a translator or interpreter.
There will be a question-and-answer session and time for networking.

A free event arranged jointly by Aston University in Birmingham and ITI (Institute of Translation & Interpreting)

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Qualified MFL Teacher Status in four years at Aston

teacherFrom next academic year, Aston is offering a new undergraduate programme which combines a BSc in Spanish, French or German with Qualified Teacher Status within four years. After graduation, successful graduates will be able to apply immediately for modern languages teaching positions in secondary schools without undertaking a PGCE. Like all other MFL degrees at Aston, the new programme includes a fully integrated period of study abroad with extensive preparation and support offered by Aston’s award-winning placement team.

To find out more about this exciting new option for MFL students, please click here.



CPD event: Teaching Languages through Poetry


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CLERA Distinguished Lecture: Prof Jennifer Jenkins


Poster_CLERA Distinguished Lecture 2015

Show and Tell for Language Practitioners at Aston University


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Midlands German Network (MGN) launched in January 2015

Connecting Local Schools, Universities and Businesses

MGN logoGraduates with German language skills are highly sought-after on the British and international labour markets. The Midlands German Network (MGN) is a university-led initiative which fosters cooperation between local schools, universities and businesses. Its aim is to make young people aware of the manifold opportunities, increase the uptake of German, and support recruitment for local employers.

The Midlands German Network will be officially launched at Aston University on January 21, 2015. This launch event will be an opportunity for networking across all three levels. Organisations represented include the German Embassy, the Goethe Institute, and UK-German Connection.

For: Secondary and Primary school teachers, pupils from Year 9 onwards; local businesses and universities, including students; anyone interested in German culture and language.

To find out more about the launch and to register for the event, please click here. Please forward details of the event to interested parties.

Registration deadline: 10 December 2014, although later registration is possible by contacting Any questions or comments should be addressed to this email address.

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Nathan Page

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Nathan PageOur Researcher of the Month for November is Nathan Page who recently joined Aston as a teaching associate in TESOL. Before that he worked as a visiting lecturer at Aston and York St John Universities for approximately two years. He also spent several years as an English language teacher in Japan and completed a distance masters in TESOL through Aston at the same time. In his doctoral research, he is using methods inspired by linguistic ethnography to research the experiences of language, communication and culture by Japanese volunteers in diverse global locations.

Click here to read his profile.

“Not my circus, not my monkeys” and other idioms from around the world

One of the great joys of language are the odd little idiomatic phrases we use which are very often unique to specific cultures and give insight into how those cultures view the world. The blog HotelClub has collected their 10 favourite idiomatic phrases from around the world.

To read the post which explains the origin and meaning of the idioms represented in the infographic below, click here.

Idioms of the WorldSource – HotelClub