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Language and History Journal available open access

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We hope you will be interested in this open-access issue of Language & History, focusing on "Building the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT)". The issue contains John Trim's final interview, on his view of the history of modern language learning and teaching, and articles on the state of the art of research for the history of teaching French, German, Spanish and English as foreign languages in Europe.

 The whole issue is fully open access, so we hope you will be interesting in reading these articles yourselves and let your students know too!

Nicola McLelland & Richard Smith (co-editors of the issue)


Language & History

Volume: 57, Number: 1 (May 2014) Building the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT)


  • Introduction: Building the History of Language Learning and Teaching - Nicola McLelland & Richard Smith
  • An Interview with John Trim (1924-2013) on the History of Modern - Richard Smith & Nicola McLelland
  • La Société Internationale pour l'Histoire du Français Langue Étrangère ou Seconde (SIHFLES), ou vingt-cinq ans d'investigations historiographiques sur l'enseignement/apprentissage du français langue étrangère ou seconde - Henri Besse
  • The History of German as a Foreign Language in Europe: (translated and with additional notes by Nicola McLelland) - Helmut Glück
  • Spanish as a Foreign Language in Europe: Six Centuries of Teaching Materials - Aquilino Sánchez
  • The History of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, from a British and European Perspective - A. P. R. Howatt & Richard Smith

Invitation to LanCook: The European Digital Kitchen

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Members of the LanCook team at Newcastle University would like to invite you to an international celebration of language learning, culture, cooking and technology through European collaboration! The European Digital Kitchen is a situated digital environment for task-based language learning. Using digital sensors to track activity, the kitchen speaks to learners, instructing them step-by-step in how to cook a dish and learn aspects of a European language: Catalan, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

The event will take place on 25th September from 12pm to 7pm on a drop-in basis with talks throughout the day by members of the project team plus special guests. There will be hands-on cooking demos where you can try out some of your language and cooking skills or even gain some new ones!


A lunchtime buffet will be served where you can taste some of the dishes from the project, as well as canapés later on in the afternoon. The event is free and open to all who have a passion for language learning, cooking and technology.


Please follow the link to an online form to register your attendance:  


Event Location: Europe House, 32 Smith Square , London SW1P 3EU

Tube: Westminster

Invitations in Catalan, Finnish, German, Italian and Spanish are available on request.

Sandra Morales, Research Assistant, Newcastle University

Website containing resources from the Primary Languages Conference

Remove 11 November 2014

We have recently updated the www.pmlresearch.com website to include the Final Report and the Executive Summary from our Nuffield Foundation funded research into the teaching of French in primary schools. The site also contains resources, presentations and video from our Primary Languages Conference, held at University of Reading, Institute of Education on 5th June 2014. We do hope you find these materials informative and useful.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding any of the content and please share with colleagues and students.

Louise Courtney, University of Reading

Babel Magazine Seeks Answers

Remove 11 November 2014

Babel magazine has a regular Ask A Linguist column, where a member of the public poses a question about language and we put it to an expert linguist. We have had the following question from a Facebook follower and think that a BAAL member should be able to answer it:

Q. Apps for learning languages are suddenly all the rage. But just how useful they are beyond absolute beginner level? I read somewhere recently that people remember things more if they use paper and pen to write things down rather than using a keyboard / tablet.

If you would be interested in publishing a 500-word answer in Babel, please email me on editors@babelzine.com with an expression of interest and a little bit about your qualifications for addressing this question.

Corpus Linguistics in Scotland Group

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Following the success of other corpus groups (e.g. Corpus Linguistics in the South), we are planning to launch the 'Corpus Linguistics in Scotland' (CLiS) group.

We would like to invite all corpus researchers who are based in Scotland (or who fancy coming up North!) to join us. We anticipate that the group will meet at least once per semester, but this will be reviewed as soon as we know the interests of CLiS members. The idea for these meetings is to establish a collaborative forum whereby members may exchange experiences, work on analytical issues, present progress reports, and so on.

At this stage, we are asking those who might be interested in joining CLiS to answer a brief survey at http://goo.gl/NcCpzu .

We look forward to hearing from you and to working together to build a productive CLiS group.

Vander Viana (University of Stirling) & Bróna Murphy (University of Edinburgh)

CALICO Journal now published by Equinox Publishing Ltd

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Equinox are pleased to announce that CALICO Journal, founded in 1983, will move to Equinox in 2015. CALICO is the official publication of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) and is devoted to the dissemination of information concerning the application of technology to language teaching and language learning. The journal is published online-only, is fully refereed and publishes research articles and studies, book reviews, and digital tool and resource reviews. Three issues appear annually and normally one of them is a thematic issue on current discourses and developments in Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

The editors of the journal are Bryan Smith, Arizona State University, and Mathias Schulze, University of Waterloo.

Personal membership in The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium includes a subscription to the journal and reduced registration rate for the annual CALICO conference. For more information and to join, please visit the Consortium's website: https://calico.org/

For more information about the contents of the next issues of the journal, information on how to subscribe, order back issues or contribute articles to the journal, please visit the journal website:


Citation app - help for students

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At the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick we have recently launched a new citation app (Mastercite). We really hope this app will be of help not only to our own students, but also to those at other universities as they start to learn and practise to reference correctly. Our aim is that when students complete their initial referencing and plagiarism training in their first weeks of term, Mastercite will provide them with a useful tool to help them put their new skills into practice in the weeks and months ahead. So far we have focused on the referencing standards MLA, APA & Chicago, but there are likely to be more to come, and we do have plans for the Android platform too.

The app store webpage can be found here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mastercite/id819323637?mt=8

 If you are interested in learning more, please do get in touch. We have supplementary materials (PowerPoint slides & posters) that help support Referencing & Plagiarism workshops/training that happen around the beginning of the new academic year and we would be more than happy to share them with interested individuals or departments.

Helen Spencer-Oatey & Daniel Dauber

First issue of Language and Sociocultural Theory

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Equinox is pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of the new journal Language and Sociocultural Theory. This international journal is devoted to the study of language from the perspective of Vygotskian sociocultural theory. The editor is James P. Lantolf, The Pennsylvania State University. There will be two issues per volume year.

More information including the contents of the latest issue and information on subscribing can be found at the journal website:


Grant Funding from Cambridge English

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Cambridge English is making grant funding available for research into language assessment in 2015 through its Funded Research Programme.

Educational institutions and qualified researchers are invited to submit proposals on test validation, contexts of test use, test impact or Learning Oriented Assessment by midnight GMT 01 October 2014. Funded projects will be supported up to a maximum of GBP 15,000 and will take place between December 2014 - October 2015.

Read the Call for Proposals and FAQs or download the proposal form.

Read about funded research in Research Notes.

Please send any queries to the contact email in the Call for Proposals.

Dr Fiona Barker, Principal Research & Validation Manager