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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

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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

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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

Spoken BNC2014 project

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The ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press have agreed to collaborate on the compilation of a new, publicly accessible corpus of spoken British English called the 'Spoken British National Corpus 2014' (the Spoken BNC2014). This marks the start of the construction of a new BNC, the BNC2014.

The aim of the Spoken BNC2014 project, which will be led jointly by Lancaster University's Professor Tony McEnery and Cambridge University Press' Dr Claire Dembry, is to compile a very large collection of recordings of real-life, informal, spoken interactions between people whose first language is British English. These will then be transcribed and made available publicly for a wide range of research purposes.

We aim to encourage people from all over the UK to record their interactions and send them to us as MP3 files. For each hour of good quality recordings we receive, along with all associated consent forms and information sheets completed correctly, we will pay £18. Each recording does not have to be 1 hour in length; participants may submit two 30 minute recordings, or three 20 minute recordings, but for each hour in total, they will receive £18.

The collaboration between CASS at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press brings together the best resources available for this task. Cambridge University Press is greatly experienced at collecting very large corpora of English, and already has the infrastructure in place to undertake such a large compilation project. CASS at Lancaster University has the linguistic research expertise necessary to ensure that the spoken BNC2014 will be as useful and accessible as possible for a wide range of purposes. The academic community will benefit from access to a new large spoken British English corpus that is balanced according to a selection of useful demographic criteria, including gender, age, and socio-economic status. This opens the door for all kinds of research projects including the comparison of the spoken BNC2014 with older spoken corpora.

CASS at Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press are very excited to launch the Spoken BNC2014 project, and we look forward to sharing the corpus as widely as possible once it is complete.

To contribute to the Spoken BNC2014 project as a participant please email corpus@cambridge.org for more information.

New ESOL Nexus publication - Language Issues in Migration and Integration

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We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book of articles on language and integration, funded by the ESOL Nexus project. Language issues in migration and integration: perspectives from teachers and learners is available online at the link and also as a free hard copy, which you can order here.

This new book from ESOL Nexus is about the role of language in the integration of migrants. The writers of the chapters are all engaged in the education of migrants as teachers, researchers or policymakers in a wide variety of contexts and they provide us with a rich and thought-provoking array of perspectives from teachers and learners on language issues in migration and integration. Several of the chapters are based on research projects funded between 2011 and 2014 under the auspices of the ESOL Nexus project.

In many of the chapters the approach is practical; highlighting ways that teachers can engage more successfully with their learners, fostering a sense of integration within the classroom itself. Other chapters provide a perspective on approaches to language and integration in countries where the national language is not English or where English is only one of the main languages spoken.

Authors include: Melanie Cooke, Becky Winstanley, Dermot Bryers, Cristina Ros I Sol, Ana Souza, Sara Asadullah, Sheila Macdonald, Trev Johnson, Simon Berry and Gwennan Higham.

The volume is edited by David Mallows.

We would welcome your feedback.

Dot Powell, ESOL Project Director, English and Exams

Linguistics Journal seeks volunteer reviewers

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On behalf of Dr. Biljana Cubrovic, Chief Editor, The Linguistics Journal


The Linguistics Journal is looking for more volunteer reviewers. For those who are interested in reviewing papers, please contact Dr Cubrovic at biljana.cubrovic@gmail.com