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TIRF 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition

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TIRF - The International Research Foundation for English Language Education - is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics:

  • Bilingualism or Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, and the Professions
  • Language Assessment
  • Optimal Uses of Technology in the Delivery of English Language Instruction
  • Language Teacher Education
  • Students' Age and Effective English Language Education in Schools
  • Language Policy and Planning

Applicants must be enrolled in a legitimate doctoral program and must have been advanced to candidacy. (That is, they must have completed any required coursework and/or examinations, and must have had their research plan official approved by the university.)

We are seeking proposals from doctoral candidates at universities in the countries on the OECD DAC list of countries http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/49483614.pdf , or candidates in other countries whose work has the potential for positive impact in developing nations. We are particularly interested in research proposals that have clear implications for policy makers and others in positions to make decisions about English language education practices. Thus doctoral students from countries on the OEDC DAC list are eligible, as are candidates whose work has the potential to directly and positively influence English language education in those countries.

The application deadline is May 16, 2014. For further information, please click here or visit http://www.tirfonline.org/research-grants/doctoral-dissertation-grants/

John Knagg, English and Exams, The British Council

British Council English Language Teaching Research Partnership

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Following the success of the past 5 years, the British Council is pleased to announce its 2014 call for research proposals under the ELT Research Partnership scheme.  Through this scheme we aim to facilitate the production of innovative research to benefit the learning and teaching of English throughout the world by co-funding a number of partnership awards. Resulting articles will be published as part of the British Council Research Papers series online. The deadline for the 6th round of applications is 18th April 2014.

For more information and to download an application form, which is at the foot of the information page, click here.

John Knagg, English and Exams, British Council


Research on FLT Reading - Help Needed!

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We are investigating what helps and hinders Foreign Language teachers and teacher educators to read and do research.  

Please spare about 10-15 minutes to complete a survey about perceptions of research and evidence in foreign language teaching.  At the moment, we are seeking respondents who are involved in Foreign Language education in the UK  (teachers, trainees, teacher educators, heads, advisors, text book writers, those who work in policy, etc.).

This link takes you straight to the online survey: http://all-languages.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f477ca697f1122b77dc48a710&id=cd0881c6b5&e=5a5778d682

The survey is part of a small project funded by the British Association of Applied Linguistics, in collaboration with the Association for Language Learning.

Many thanks indeed, in anticipation

Dr Emma Marsden; Senior Lecturer in Second Language Education; University of York, UK

Archive of French Student Translations seeks new home

Remove 30 April 2014

I am looking to pass on a research resource of French which might be of interest to either established or early career colleagues.

The resource in question is an archive of French student translations, essays and commentaries from Hull University and dating from the 1970s. I obtained this resource through a notice on the Francofil list, posted by Adrian Tudor at Hull back in 2003 (I have copied the original post below for information).

I began some work on the data in the years following that - I was immediately post-doctoral at that point and working in corpus linguistics of French, so it was perfect for me at the time. However, I've subsequently moved into different areas of research, in English linguistics, and am unlikely ever to have the opportunity to return to that data and build a project from it as I had hoped. I would therefore like to pass the data set on to someone who can make better use of it.

So I would like to pass on this archive to any colleague who is interested in it and who can collect or arrange collection from Glasgow. After some reorganisation of the original 70 box files, it now occupies 52 box files, and I believe fits in the boot+back seat of a car. I'd be willing to consider contributing to the cost of its removal in order to see it go to a good home.

If I can't find someone to take it, I'm afraid I'm going to have to dispose of the archive. I'm very reluctant to do this, as I think it has some value for the research community. But I simply can't house it any longer, and I see no possibility of being able to exploit the texts myself.

Please contact me if you would like any more information.

Dr Wendy Anderson


Research on Inferring Emotional States - Help Needed!

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Could I ask you to participate in this fun research on how people are able to infer the emotional state of their interlocutor?  You will be asked to guess the emotion and rate the intensity displayed by an actress in a couple of short video-recordings in English.  There is also a short questionnaire about linguistic background and personality.  

We are looking for both native and non-native speakers of English.  

It's a joint research of mine with a visiting Belgian MA student, Pernelle Lorette, from the University of Utrecht.

Access the questionnaire here: www.bit.ly/emotion_recognition

Thank you in advance for participating!!!!

Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck College, University of London

AILA Conference 2014

Remove 30 April 2014

The next AILA World Congress will be in Brisbane in August 2014. For more information, see the congress website at http://www.aila2014.com/ to be up to date on deadlines for submissions and applications for the AILA Solidarity Awards.