Call for Papers: Online Conference on Research into Using Technology for Language Learning

This is an exciting new event organised by Laureate-Cambridge OLLReN and IATEFL’s LTSIG which will bring together researchers from around the world to share their work into investigating the impact of technology on language learning. Thursday 6th to Friday 7th October 2016 To submit a proposal click here Deadline: 4th July, 10:00 (BST)   Laureate-Cambridge OLLReN (Online Language Learning Read More …

Lou Harvey’s new article: ‘I am Italian in the world’: a mobile student’s story of language learning and ideological becoming

Lou has just had an article published in the journal ‘Language and Intercultural Communication’, related to her thesis work. You can access it here. Congratulations, Lou!

Dyslexia and language teaching MOOC

This looks extremely interesting for anyone with an interest in dyslexia and language learning. This is the second run of the free online learning course on ‘Dyslexia and language teaching’  (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dyslexia) which will take place between the 18th of April – 15th of May 2016. This highly successful course is offered by Lancaster University in cooperation with FutureLearn Read More …

Deadline for submissions approaching: Young Language Learners (YLL) Symposium 2016

This symposium will take place in the Department of Education, University of Oxford University, July 6th – 8th, 2016 Deadline for submission of abstracts:January 30th, 2016 Call for Papers The organizing committee of the YLL Symposium 2016 invites the submission of abstracts on any research-oriented topic relating to the learning of a foreign, second or additional Read More …

TESOL Podcast site

One of the MA TESOL students, Paul Jones, has alerted us to a site that hosts podcasts of various TESOL related issues. Here is one that Paul recommended … An interview with Adrian Holliday on Appropriate Methodology … and here are a few more interviews that might be of interest to our community: Tom Farrell on Read More …

On being a beginner language learner again

I have now attended three classes in Koine (New Testament) Greek in the space of 8 days. In that time I have had to come to grips with a completely new alphabet (learn the names of the letters, how to write them and pronounce them, diphthongs, breathings, punctuation, subscripts …), learn how to conjugate two different verb Read More …

New collection with free access to articles on international and Foreign language Students

International & Foreign Language Students International education and foreign language learning is an area of education that has evolved dramatically in the last few decades. This collection covers many contemporary issues surrounding international and foreign language students, such as: Language learning Student experience Teaching Technology Curriculum Education policy Download articles here.

New materials developed by MA Alumnus, Tyson Seburn: Academic Reading Circles

Tyson Seburn has published an ebook aimed at teachers who teach Academic English, focussing particularly on academic reading skills. It seems to me that it would be useful for developing critical thinking too. Here is what Tyson says about his new materials:  ARC is an intensive reading approach whose components work on the basis that deep textual comprehension for language learners is Read More …

New Book: Foreign Language Learning as Intercultural Experience

This is a new publication that forms part of the series on Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning. It is edited by Arnd Witte and Theo Harden and looks at the subjective dimension. Below is the synopsis: Learning a foreign language in its cultural context has a significant effect on the subjective mind, ranging from the Read More …

Invitation to attend: FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANXIETY AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE ENJOYMENT – TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN? by Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele

Hosted by the UCL Institute of Education, University College London 5:30 pm, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 Rm 731/736, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL The talk will explore the relationship between Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE) and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety (FLCA) in the FL classroom (Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2014). Participants were 1746 current FL learners Read More …

Who am I?

This is a question I have been asking myself over the last couple of days as I started my pilot study. I am doing classroom-based research which means that I am researching my own learners. I’m using normal pedagogic activities to collect my data, so I’m not interviewing students or running focus groups or anything Read More …

New Book: Social Class in Applied Linguistics by David Block

In this ground breaking new book David Block proposes a new working definition of social class in applied linguistics. Traditionally, research on language and identity has focused on aspects such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religion and sexuality. Political economy, and social class, as an identity inscription, have been undervalued. This book argues that increasing Read More …

Award-winning book: Language Learning with Technology

Graham Stanley’s Language Learning with Technology wins HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Book Award 2013 Happy New Year! It’s got off to a good start for us here at Cambridge – we are very proud and pleased to announce yet another award-winner in our invaluable Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series! Graham Read More …