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‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ MOOC to be relaunched in October

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Modern Languages at Southampton will be relaunching the University of Southampton MOOC, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ on Monday 17 October. This four-week course introduces participants to the field of second language learning, considering language classrooms and the role of teaching in language learning, and exploring the uses of technology in teaching. The MOOC will also provide a taster of the Online MA in English Language Teaching, a joint course from the University of Southampton and the British Council.

For further information about the MOOC, including details of how to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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Latin revived through cathedral courses

The Guardian has reported on an increase in the study of Latin through the introduction of classes in UK cathedrals. According to the article, the classes have “tapped into an unexpected enthusiasm for resuscitating a subject that many have considered to be “dead as dead can be”.” To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

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New MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching’ starts today

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Lancaster University is launching a MOOC on ‘Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching’ starting today, Monday 18th April 2016. This free course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages, and offers a combination of practical tools and theoretical insights to support teachers to meet the needs of students with dyslexia.

For further information about this MOOC, and to sign up, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ MOOC starts today!

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

A new run of Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’, starts today, Monday 4th April, and will run for four weeks. Over 15,000 people have signed up to take the course already. This will be the fourth run of the MOOC, taking its reach to over 160,000 people.

For further details about the MOOC, and to sign up to take part, visit the course page on the FutureLearn website.

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Next CLLEAR seminar: “L2 Classroom Interactional Competence and Teacher Development”

CLLEAR

The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 from 4:00-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “L2 Classroom Interactional Competence and Teacher Development” and will be delivered by Professor Steve Walsh from Newcastle University. All welcome for the seminar and discussion! Read more…

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Study shows some brains are simply not wired for language learning

The Telegraph has reported on a recent study by researchers at McGill University in Canada suggesting that some people “have brains that are not wired for linguistic skills”. According to the study’s findings, it is possible to use brain scans to predict which learners will have greater success in their language learning.

To find out more, visit the Telegraph website.

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Routes into Languages employability webinar: “Languages for business”

Routes

The next Routes into Languages webinar on “Languages for business” will take place on Friday 15th January 2016 at 12pm. The webinar will be live streamed and participants will be able to submit questions to a panel of experts. The discussions can be followed on Twitter at #RoutesLive.

For further details about this webinar, including information about the panel of experts, visit the Routes into Languages Live website. The two previous webinars in this series can be viewed online: Routes into language teaching and Working as a translator or Interpreter: Ask the Experts!.

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British Council urges people to learn a new language in 2016

The BBC has reported on a new campaign launched by the British Council to encourage people in the UK to make learning a new language a resolution for 2016. According to the British Council, learning “just a phrase a day” could make a significant difference to people’s language skills.

To read the article in full, visit the BBC website.

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Practise your vocabulary with Freerice

Language learners may be interested in the free online non-profit game Freerice, which allows you to test your vocabulary in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Latin. For each item that is guessed correctly, Freerice donates 20 grains of rice to the World Food Programme (WFP). Donations from the site are used to purchase rice locally, both feeding people in need and stimulating local economies.

The site has already raised enough rice to feed over 1.5 million people for a day and is used by individual users and by teachers in schools, to help students improve their vocabulary. Find out more on the Freerice website, on Twitter or on Facebook.

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New scheme from Welsh universities to tackle language learning decline

The BBC has reported on a new scheme being launched by four universities, aimed at tackling the decline in language learning in schools. In this pilot initiative, funded through the Global Futures programme, undergraduate students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea will be providing coaching and mentoring support to school pupils to help them improve their language skills.

To read more about this project, visit the BBC website.

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