Conference in Bristol on enhancing the learning experience of Modern Languages through feedback

A BIRTHA Conference

Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing the
learning experience of Modern Languages through feedback

Friday 25th May 2012

This one-day conference will be focusing on the role of feedback in the
teaching and learning of modern languages.
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New module: “Society and Language: Linguistics for Social Scientists” (LN270)

The course will introduce students to key (socio)linguistic concepts (semantic and pragmatic meaning, discourse, register, genre, dialect, idiolect, sociolect) used in the analysis of language use as a social process. Students will explore the reciprocal relationship between language and specific social contexts and structures (class, gender, ethnicity), and study the role that language plays in the creation, maintenance and change of social relations and institutions. Important themes are changing attitudes to language and the prestige afforded to particular languages and language varieties. The use of language for academic purposes will be analysed, as will be situations of language contact, multilingualism and the role of translation in intercultural and international communication. The implications and consequences for less widely used languages of the emergence of English (and other widely spoken languages) as global lingua francas will be outlined and discussed.

For further information, please contact Peter Skrandies:

London Spanish Film Weekend

From the organisers of the Spanish Film Festival

20-22 April 2012,  Ciné Lumière at the Institut français

Before celebrating the 8th edition of the London Spanish Film Festival in September, we once again bring to London audiences a Spring Weekend packed with recent Spanish productions, including Alex de la Iglesia’s latest film La chispa de la vida, the winner of the Goya Award for Best Animation Arrugas, the timely and poignant Cinco metros cuadrados, and a preview screening of Dominik Moll’s The Monk featuring a Franco-Spanish cast. David Trueba will visit us to present Madrid, 1987 and filmmaker Alberto Morais will talk to us about his film Las olas.

Today Thu 22nd: Language, Culture, and Being Human

LSE public lecture

Date: Thursday 22 March 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Daniel Everett
Chair: Dr Olga Sobolev

Over the past fifty years, the most popular theory of language is that it is an outgrowth of an innate biogram, often referred to as Universal Grammar. In this lecture he will explore an alternative perspective, namely, that language is a human invention and cultural artifact, passed down from one generation to another. Its principal task is to solve the communication problem that human sociality, what Aristotle referred to as the “social instinct”, imposes upon us.
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Show & Share Lent Term

The next Show & Share is approaching!

next Monday 19th March @ 11.30am, followed by drinks and snacks

And this is the programme:

– Using Film in Class
– Introducing ePrep
– Moving to Moodle 2
– Words, words, everywhere: e-learning strategies to understand, learn & use new vocab
– Arabic Taster

Please let us know if you are attending!

8th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group Conference

8th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group Conference


Venue: Universityof Oxford, Department of Education (OUDE,
& Worcester College (

Date: July 4- 5 2012
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Spanish in Motion (V Edition) presents: Maradona

“The hand of God” or a fallen idol? 

(90’, 2008, Emir Kusturica, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Followed by Q&A session with John Carlin

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