Other Linguistics News

Gija Language and Culture Classes

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This is a call for support and funding for this incredible project to actively preserve an indigenous Australian language through community language classes.

Go to: http://www.pozible.com/project/194897 to learn more.

Thank you

Dr. Nick Moore, FHEA

Senior Lecturer, TESOL Centre, Sheffield Institute of Education

Launch of AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the ELL Network - newly accepted as an AILA Research Network for the three-year period January 2015-December 2017. With the launch of this international network we hope to raise the profile of research in early languages learning (including foreign, second and minority languages), contributing to the growth of national and regional research groups and stimulating new research on a range of themes in the field. Over the three-year period our principal aims are:

  • To create synergies across research areas concerned with young children learning additional languages in school and pre-school contexts worldwide;
  • To set out a comprehensive agenda for research in the field of early language learning.

Do visit our Network to learn more at: www.ell-ren.org. Active researchers in the field of Early Language Learning (ages 3-12 years) are most welcome to join the group, contribute to planned events/publications and help to build our aims. For any queries please contact Janet Enever - ELL-REN convenor (janet.enever@umu.se).

English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Chris Kennedy (ed.)

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A new British Council publication, English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran: innovations, trends and challenges, edited by Chris Kennedy, is now available. Its 13 chapters cover language policy, syllabus and materials design, methodology, and teacher development, with examples drawn from Iranian primary, secondary and tertiary sectors in the private and public sectors. It provides a fascinating mosaic of ELT developments in Iran. The volume can be downloaded at no cost from:


James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts

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At our recent Board meeting, the TIRF Trustees established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts, as a way of honoring Jim. As you may know, he was one of the founders of TIRF, and had a life-long interest in language planning and policy.

We are seeking nominations for the outstanding article or chapter on this topic. The prize carries with it a US $500 award. Submissions must have been published in 2014 or 2015. The deadline for nominations is November 16, 2015. For more information, please visit: http://www.tirfonline.org/resources/the-james-e-alatis-prize/

Ryan Damerow, Executive Assistant

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)

New UNESCO Publication

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Action Research to Improve Youth and Adult Literacy: Empowering Learners in a Multilingual World

Edited by Hassana Alidou and Christine Glanz

With this guidebook we would like to highlight the importance of multilingual and multicultural contexts for youth and adult literacy. Research and practice are leading the way, and the Post-2015 Agenda to follow the global Education for All initiative emphasizes the importance of culture. Culture gives languages, oral or written, a prominent place as a key means of communication and voice.

Full text: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002322/232243e.pdf

Can you create (small) problems for young students?

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There has been a new development here at the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO).  

We have created a new collection of UKLO style problems aimed at pupils in Years 5 - 8, which are designed to spark pupils' interest in linguistics and to provide teachers with a bank of easily accessible, 'ready to use' linguistics activities for use in class or for extra-curricular activities.  The problems aren't entered into any UKLO competition, but we hope that pupils who complete them will be inspired to take part in the competitions too.

The collection is entitled Breakthrough Workout, and the problems all come with markschemes, commentaries and suggested prompt questions for teachers. We hope that they will be enjoyed by pupils not only in MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), English or Classics but also more broadly - for example in science lessons, or for enrichment activities.  

They can be downloaded from the UKLO website www.uklo.org/breakthrough-workout

It is our hope and plan that the Breakthrough Workout collection will grow steadily from now on, and we are now looking for interested people to help us 'crowdsource' more problems.  Anyone who is interested in creating a Breakthrough Workout problem for us (or more than one!) can find all the details of how to do so (including an information sheet and problem template) on the website, and will receive support and guidance from the UKLO Breakthrough Workout team if they need it.

We at UKLO would be very grateful if you would consider helping us with this project.

Please feel free to share details of the Breakthrough Workout project with anyone you feel may be interested in it. Do get in touch if you have any questions or comments!

Sarah Campbell, UKLO

Raymond Williams Society Postgraduate Essay Competition (2015) (the Simon Dentith Memorial Prize)

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The Raymond Williams Society postgraduate essay competition is open to anyone studying for a higher degree (masters or doctoral) in the UK or elsewhere, or who graduated no earlier than 31 July 2013. The prize for the winning entry is 100 GBP and a year's subscription to the Society. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in Key Words, the journal of the RWS.

The competition aims to encourage a new generation of scholars working in the tradition of cultural materialism, especially those whose research is rooted in the work of Raymond Williams

Entries should be 5-7,000 words in length, including endnotes, which should normally be kept to a minimum. Entries must follow the Key Words Style Notes for contributors. The Style Notes, and information about previous winning entries, can be found on the Raymond Williams Society's website: www.raymondwilliams.co.uk.

Entries should be sent to Catherine Clay at catherine.clay@ntu.ac.uk.

They should be accompanied by a brief coversheet with the following details:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Current or most recent programme of study
  • Date of graduation (if applicable)
  • Title of essay
  • Word count

Entrants are asked to request that their supervisor send us an email confirming their status.

The closing date for entries is 3 June 2015.

New Referencing App from Warwick

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Here at Warwick we'd like to let you know about a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that helps students (and academics) to reference properly according to the three most popular citation styles in Social Sciences:

  • APA
  • MLA
  • Chicago

masterCite was developed by GlobalPAD (at Warwick). I myself use it quite often and find it very useful - quick and easy to use, avoiding the need to go online to check a reference style.

In case you or your students are interested in it, please follow this link:


Helen Spencer-Oatey

New resource for variations of English in the West Midlands

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Some of you may find the learning and teaching resource accessed through the link below for courses in linguistic variation, specifically in the Birmingham and Black Country regions of the UK.


Urszula Clark, Professor of English Language

Three leading international scholars of second language learning and teaching are joining the University of Greenwich

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The new appointments will add to the expertise at CAROLE, the Greenwich Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education. Launched last year, CAROLE specialises in second language acquisition and linguistics, and carries out national and international research projects into the subject.

Professor Bill VanPatten and Professor John Schwieter both join as Visiting Professors.

Professor of Second Language Studies and Spanish at Michigan State University, USA, Bill VanPatten has lectured around the world and has published eight books. He is co-editor of the prestigious journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition, published by Cambridge University Press, is an editorial board member of several other journals, and has edited numerous articles and book chapters, including several top-selling language textbooks.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and a Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, John Schwieter is also the university's Director of the Psycholinguistics & Language Acquisition Laboratory. He is a renowned expert in the ways in which adult language learners access, process and acquire words, and is widely published. He is the General Editor of the Bilingual Processing and Acquisition book series (John Benjamins Publishing) and has recently edited The Cambridge handbook of bilingual processing (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Dr Florentina Taylor will be joining CAROLE from April as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to speakers of other languages. Currently a Lecturer in Language Education at the University of York, she has more than 20 years' teaching and lecturing experience in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and related areas.


New AILA Research Network for the History of Language Learning and Teaching

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Website: http://hollt.net

AILA - L'Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or International Association of Applied Linguistics http://www.aila.info/en/about.html) - has a changing portfolio of Research Networks (ReNs). They are approved for three years, are renewable once, and are not generally expected to last for longer than six years. They receive no financial support from AILA, nor can they charge for membership, in other words they have no budget of their own for activities. All ReNs are required to organize a symposium at the AILA Congress, which happens every three years (the next one is in Rio de Janeiro, in 2017). Beyond this, the Research Networks are largely autonomous and decide on their own activities. More information about ReNs here: http://www.aila.info/en/research/about-research-network.html

In January 2015 the AILA Research Network committee approved a proposal submitted by Giovanni Iamartino (Milan), Friederike Klippel (Munich), Nicola McLelland (Nottingham) and Richard Smith (Warwick) to found a Research Network for the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT). This AILA Research Network can be seen as the extension of an AHRC-funded network project (2012-2014) coordinated by Nicola McLelland and Richard Smith. The principal activities of the previous project consisted of two workshops (December 2012 in Nottingham and June 2013 at Warwick, both in the UK) and an international conference in Nottingham in July 2014. At the 2013 Warwick meeting, representatives of a number of existing national and language-based associations (APHELLE, CIRSIL, the Henry Sweet Society, PHG, SEHEL and SIHFLES)  agreed that a further intensification and internationalization of networking would be desirable.

Emerging from this background, the AILA Research Network for the History of Language Learning and Teaching is intended to provide a forum which existing national and language-based associations (see 'Links' tab on the website) can take advantage of to communicate with one another and build research collaborations, and which can provide them with additional publicity, thus helping to strengthen them. At the same time, a major function of the Research Network is to serve individual researchers interested in the history of language learning and teaching for whom no dedicated national or language-based association currently exists.

HoLLT.net (The AILA Research Network for the History of Language Learning and Teaching) is free to join for all interested researchers! To join, please see the instructions on the website.

We will be posting more information and resources on the website over the coming weeks and months relating to the projected activities of this Research Network.