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Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies e-bulletin - April 2007 <fwd>

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This bulletin contains information on the following:

1.	SUBJECT CENTRE EVENTS
	
	1.1	3 Pedagogic Methods workshops
	1.2	2 Assessment and Feedback in Modern Languages workshops
	1.3	Foundations in Language Testing and Assessment
	1.4	Less widely taught languages in the UK
	1.5	Linking Teaching and Research
	1.6	Borderlands : Themes in teaching literatures of the Americas
	1.7	Subject Centre Departmental Visits

2.	SURVEY
	2.1	LLAS User survey

3.	SUBJECT CENTRE WEBSITE UPDATE
	3.1	New resources this month

4.	OTHER EVENTS
	4.1	MEETING : Sustainability Network for the Humanities
	4.2	WORKSHOP : Finding, sharing and re-using online resources - personalising the experience for the teacher and the learner
	4.3	CONFERENCE : The power of language
	4.4	MEETING : Networking day for Humanities careers advisors

5.	MEMORIAL EVENT FOR ALISON PIPER - FRIDAY 11 MAY 2007

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1.	SUBJECT CENTRE EVENTS
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1.1	PEDAGOGIC METHODS WORKSHOPS May 2007
The Subject Centre is offering free of charge the following workshops:
Introduction to methods for pegagogic research: Workshop A
2 May 2007, London - details at : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2737
or 
16 May 2007, Dundee - details at : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2738
This workshop is suitable for those who are new to pedagogic research.  No prior knowledge of social science or educational research methods is assumed.  To ensure the  workshop is interactive, PLACES ARE LIMITED to 16 participants so please book early.

Stage 2: methods for pedagogic research: Workshop B
22 May 2007, London - details at : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2739
In response to demand from participants at previous workshops, LLAS has designed a follow-up workshop.  Participants would normally have attended Workshop A or a  previous 'Introduction to methods for pedagogic research' workshop.

For further details and to register go to: http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llasevents.aspx
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1.2	ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK IN MODERN LANGUAGES, Staff Development Workshop
	8 May 2007, CILT, The National Centre for Languages, London

	These events are funded under the 'Workshops to Go' scheme

In this workshop, Professor Paul Cooke (Professor of German Cultural Studies and Pro Dean L&T, Faculty of Arts, University of Leeds) will present the results of a major  research project which was carried out at the University of Leeds in 2006: 'Fair, prompt and detailed' - matching staff and student expectations on assessment and feedback in  light of the National Student Survey. Participants will increase their knowledge of the issues that surround Assessment and Feedback and will be presented with case  studies of good practice in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Leeds which the project highlighted. Participants will take away materials that can be used to  enhance their own practices in Language disciplines and will also have the opportunity to develop their own ideas for case studies during the session. The workshop will  establish a network of professionals working in this key area. Prof. Brenda Smith from the Higher Education Academy will be guest speake!
 r.

To register and view the programme, please go to : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2749

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS BEING REPEATED AT :

	ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK IN MODERN LANGUAGES, Staff Development Workshop
	27 June 2007, Leeds University Business School

To register and view the programme, please go to : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2750
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1.3	FOUNDATIONS IN LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
	Friday 25 May 2007, University of Leicester
This is a one-day workshop organised by the School of Education, University of Leicester and the Subject Centre which introduces the main concepts in language testing  and assessment.  

The workshop will focus on a range of assessment issues including validity, reliability, the role of self and peer assessment, the assessment of speaking and practical ways  of using external standards and frameworks.  

For further details, go to http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2751
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1.4	LESS WIDELY TAUGHT LANGUAGES IN THE UK	
	20 June 2007, University of Wales, Bangor

The conference is organised by the Centre for Galician Studies in Wales, University of Wales Bangor, the Subject Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies  (LLAS), and the Centre for Information on Languages Teaching and Research (CILT Cymru).

The conference takes place at a time when the traditional approach to learning major European tongues is in crisis. However, we are increasingly aware of the diversity of  languages and cultures thriving in the UK. A growing interest in less widely taught languages provides an opportunity to help redefine the linguistic ethos of UK universities  and schools.

The programme is designed primarily to interest colleagues in departments: 
- specialising in less widely taught languages 
- already offering or thinking of adding one or more of these languages as parts of degrees 
- of Welsh 
- of Linguistics 
- of Area Studies 
	
For further details and to register, go to : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2762
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 1.5	LINKING TEACHING AND RESEARCH IN LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS AND AREA STUDIES
	Tuesday 10th July 2007, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton
	Cost 40 pounds  (20 pounds for postgraduate students) 
Debates about the links between teaching and research in UK higher education have intensified in recent years, as both teaching and research have come under increased  pressure for performance, accountability and assessment. 
Keynote speakers: 
Clare Mar-Molinero, Head of Modern Languages, School of Humanities, University of Southampton
Alan Jenkins, Westmininster Institute, Oxford Brooks University
Registration is now open for this event. A provisional programme is available at:  http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2618
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1.6	BORDERLANDS: Themes in teaching literatures of the Americas
	18 October 2007, University of Birmingham

CALL FOR PAPERS : This is a joint event between LLAS and the English Subject Centre.
For full details go to : http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/llaseventitem.aspx?resourceid=2760. Please submit an abstract (150-200 words) to John Canning: [log in to unmask] by 31 May 2007.
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1.7	SUBJECT CENTRE DEPARTMENTAL VISITS
Members of Subject Centre staff are available to visit individual departments on request. 
For a menu of visit options see http://www.llas.ac.uk/visits/index.aspx
	
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2.	LLAS SURVEY
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2.1	LLAS user survey
LLAS has set up a short online questionnaire in order to learn more about current priorities in our subject communities and to explore ways to serve you better. The questionnaire is short and will only take a few minutes.  Please go to : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=990583620461

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3.	SUBJECT CENTRE WEBSITE UPDATE
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3.1	NEW RESOURCES THIS MONTH

Good Practice Guide: The teaching of stylistics
Author: Prof Nigel Fabb
http://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/goodpractice.aspx?resourceid=2755

Commercial awareness and employability
Author: Dr John Canning
http://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/paper.aspx?resourceid=2740

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4.	OTHER EVENTS
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4.1	NEW DATE: THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SUSTAINABILITY NETWORK FOR THE HUMANITIES 
There have been numerous expressions of interest in the Sustainability Network for the Humanities, but many have been unable to make the date of the proposed first  meeting. In order to get the broadest range of input from disciplines across the humanities, we have decided to postpone the date of the first meeting until 6th June 2007 (venue in London to be confirmed). For further information contact Karina Croucher ([log in to unmask])
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4.2	WORKSHOP : Finding, sharing and re-using online resources - personalising the experience for the teacher and the learner
	25th April 2007 (10.15 - 16.30), University of Portsmouth (Park Building) 

The L20 research community is a group of language teachers and learning technologists in the SE region whose founding members are the Universities of Portsmouth,  Reading, Surrey and Southampton. The community is currently expanding to include other HEIs/FEIs, Sixth Form and Adult Education institutions. 

Our community works on exploring and developing innovative tools for the sharing and re-using of online language learning resources, and aims to foster good practice in this  area.

Workshops include:

- Share and Share alike? Online learning materials in a repository: would you give as well as take? (hands-on workshop and focus groups)
- Finding a needle in a haystack: how the learning and teaching context helps you find the online learning materials you need (hands-on workshop)

You will also look to the future! Help us with your expertise by:

- Exploring the search terms needed to locate online materials for your own students
- Playing a key part in the creation of innovative searching software using Web 2.0 technologies
- Influencing the development of future educational search tools

Details of the programme will be provided on registration. The day will consist of several hands-on workshops, case study presentations and plenary/group discussions. All  reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

Please register by emailing : [log in to unmask]
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4.3	THE POWER OF LANGUAGE
	23 May 2007, University of Stirling, Stirling Management Centre

This conference is being organised by Scottish CILT / Goethe-Institut.  Further details, programme and details on how to register for this event can be found at :  http://www.scilt.stir.ac.uk/Conferences/ForthcomingConferences/Index.htm
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4.4	NETWORKING DAY FOR HUMANITIES CAREERS ADVISERS
	20 July 2007, Goodenough College, London
 
The English Subject Centre, in collaboration with other humanities Subject Centres and their AGCAS 'buddies', is convening a second meeting for HE Career Advisers with  an interest in the humanities. The meeting will provide a forum for careers advisers to discuss and share ideas and experiences, focussing on issues of working with  academic staff. A panel of academics will give their views on working with careers advisers, and several Careers Services will be showcasing their English Subject Centre  funded projects to enhance services to English Students.

More information is available at : http://www.english.heacademy.ac.uk/explore/events/event_detail.php?event_index=158

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5.	MEMORIAL EVENT FOR DR ALISON PIPER - FRIDAY 11 MAY 2007
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The Modern Languages discipline at the University of Southampton is holding a memorial event for Alison Piper from 4pm on Friday 11 May at the Avenue Campus,  University of Southampton.  Anybody who wishes to join this celebration of Alisons professional life should give their email address to Gail Combes, Modern Languages  Administrator so that you can be informed of the planned arrangements.  Email address: [log in to unmask] 
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We would be grateful if you would forward this bulletin to colleagues and relevant mailing lists. Please do not hesitate to contact the Subject Centre if you have any queries regarding this bulletin.

Sue Nash
Senior Administrator
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies School of Humanities 
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Tel: 023 8059 4814
Fax: 023 8059 4815
[log in to unmask]

www.llas.ac.uk
LLAS: a Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy www.heacademy.ac.uk/



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University of Exeter

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