With these students it is possible and preferable to study concrete examples of bilingual speech. Various forums and committees were set up to identify gaps in their respective syllabuses and events days were run at a Language College to help fill these gaps.
Feedback on the events was good and it is hoped that this type of event will encourage more students to take languages at university level.
These are mainly in history, politics, literature, geography, film, and aboriginal studies, often as part of a comparative programme. Case study: Lecturing in the target language to post A'level Spanish students: linguistic gains and pedagogical implications - 25 January This case study aims to present the Spanish Cultural Studies lecture in the first year of the Modern Languages degree at the University of Bath as an example of how lecturing in the foreign language to post A-level learners can be linguistically fertile without neglecting the primary aim of the unit, namely to provide a conceptual and systematic introduction to Spanish culture in the 20th century.
Case study: Supporting student learning at level 1 Linguistics - 2 November This case study evaluates the impact of an enhanced portfolio of learning support materials deployed in the LING Introduction to Language and Linguistics module at Nottingham Trent University.
CERCLU will not re-duplicate existing certification systems but will provide an additional means of certifying two intermediate levels of linguistic competence in English and in Italian, at levels B1 and B2, with full European academic recognition. The workshop provided the participants with cultural experience and helped them discover for themselves their implicit assumptions and sense of values that underlie their language use.
Using the evaluation criteria and materials development framework, teachers were guided to produce their own language teaching materials with cultural awareness elements in them.
The website was designed to offer all the necessary tools, sample materials, and useful links. Case study: The role of the moderators in focus group interviews: Practical considerations Angela Pickering and Catherine Watts - 22 July Focus group interviews are an increasingly popular, albeit poorly documented, tool in education research.
This case study details the authors first experiences of using a focus group interview in a small-scale qualitative inquiry and documents some of the practical issues surrounding the responsibilities of focus group moderators. A redefinition of the facilitative, recording, checking and analytical roles of the Moderator and Assistant Moderator is considered.
While dedicated degree programmes are relatively few, modularisation has ensured that many Central and East European course units exist in UK universities. Challenging cultural stereotypes through contemporary Italian films Donata Puntil - 19 December This paper aims to demonstrate how cinema, as a visual aid, provides insights into contemporary Italian culture and society and at the same time how it can bring students into direct contact with an authentic use of Italian language and idioms.
Information on teaching programmes in Chinese Studies in most British universities in is also included. Clinical Linguistics for speech and therapy education Sara Howard - 11 October This article addresses issues in the teaching and learning of clinical linguistics for speech and language therapy speech and language pathology students. Clinical Linguistics for students of linguistics Sara Howard - 11 October This article addresses issues in teaching and learning of Clinical Linguistics for students on degrees in general linguistics and language Collaborative writing in Russian with shared text editor Lydia Buravova and Jane Hughes - 11 January A shared text editor was introduced into a Russian class in writing skills and used over a period of four years.
It was initially adopted for its potential practical advantages over a traditional classroom whiteboard. Its use has led to new language learning activities that have contributed to the whole language programme and the writing class has become more integrated into the language programme as a whole.
Opportunities for sharing and collaboration have been greatly increased and the role of the teacher has changed. Commercial awareness and employability John Canning - 9 March Although commercial awareness may not always be addressed in a classroom setting, it is a skill that students applying to graduate recruiters will benefit from nurturing.
This short article outlines some of the ways in which employers may require potential employees to demonstrate this attribute. Computers and the internet in Area Studies teaching Hugo Frey - 6 November The essay explores the application of Internet technology in the teaching of Area Studies.
It is a descriptive commentary on recent good practice in this area. Special attention is given to the role played by 'virtual seminars' in teaching and learning. Conducting successful translation classes - 18 June Translating can be taught with a number of different methods so as to meet all of the students' needs. This article reviews some of these methods, and highlights ways in which they can be applied in the translation classroom. Construction grammar William Croft - 27 September Construction grammar is a theory of syntax in which constructions are the central unit of grammatical representation.
There is no textbook currently available for construction grammar, but there are many good case studies. Basic principles of construction grammar are outlined in the guide and references therein. The best learning technique is for a student to use one of the many freely available text corpora in various languages to select and analyze a single construction or family of constructions.
The presentation shows how an input, relevant to the learner i. Results of a two year experiment will be presented, acquisitional models will be discussed and operational solutions will be proposed. Contrastive Linguistics Carl James - 8 January A definition of this linguistic subdiscipline, in its applied and its "theoretical" versions, indicating the scope of research in the field, ranging from Behaviourist interference error to neo-Whorfian cognitive approaches.
The major rationales for including Contrastive Linguistics on a linguistics degree syllabus are presented together with some guidelines for organising this syllabus. A step-by-step procedure and methodology for teaching Contrastive Lingistics at tertiary level is presented, and the article contains a select set of key references. Corpus Linguistics Tony McEnery - 3 December This paper discusses the matching of corpora to answer research questions.
Programmes for annotating a corpus are examined as well as the use of corpora in teaching. Some useful links are provided for those interested in using corpora. Critical incidents across cultures Jane Jackson - 5 February The paper describes a critical incident development project that took place in an intercultural communications course in Hong Kong. In this experiential program, students developed two critical incidents.
This presentation was deliberately provocative and polemical, and more than a trace of these characteristics remain in this more developed version. Delivering the international agenda - are we, as language lecturers, the best people to do it?
Or are they? Do you necessarily deliver cross cultural awareness through the teaching of a module on Italian literature or Spanish politics? Does being a French specialist automatically equip you with the ability to contribute to the international agenda of your institution? The assumption is yes. And yet, there is a need to challenge such assumptions. As the European Union refers to pluriculturalism and is gone beyond a 'binary' system, as there is clear evidence of a decline in the number of undergraduates taking language degrees, I would argue that there is a need for language lecturers to re-invent themselves, reflect on their practice and methodological approach as well as content of delivery if we are to come closer to matching these assumptions.
This paper is proposing to look briefly at the challenges faced by language specialists in Higher Education, offer reflections on language learning and language teaching and finally offer a positive, researched answer to the question in the title. Design of a pedagogic grammar - 18 October The main elements which influence the design of a pedagogic grammar are the audience first language background, level of existing knowledge, knowledge of terminology , linguistic theory and learning theory.
Designing Applied Linguistics masters programmes: the issue of "coherence" Christopher Brumfit - 8 September If there is a single academic core for a Masters programme, it should probably rest with descriptive Linguistics, but a pedagogic core should rest with the needs of the participants.
The tension and potential conflict between these are explored, with particular reference to a succession of only partially successful attempts to make descriptive work directly relevant to language teaching and other applied concerns. For instance, when writing for medical journal you have to implement medical expressions in your work.
Although idioms seem quite harmless to us, they can degrade the quality of your essay. They are specific to certain people, their language, and even their country and you might not understand their true meaning. Misplaced idiom is a huge no-no. However, most people usually struggle finding right language for their essays. After all, writing articles or novels is somewhat easier. You already know the target audience and it makes it easier for you to choose right language.
Fluency of the movement is normal but children with ADHD were more likely to make slower movements during the handwriting task and hold the pen longer in the air between movements, especially when they had to write complex letters, implying that planning the movement may take longer.
Children who have ADHD were more likely to have difficulty parameterising movements in a consistent way. This has been explained with motor skill impairment either due to lack of attention or lack of inhibition. To anticipate a change of direction between strokes constant visual attention is essential.Google Translate is also sometimes helpful in this situation. In each language I study, I try to read everything I can get my hands on: novels, newspaper articles, poetry, comics, instruction manuals, and the list goes on. This will help you learn the vocabulary and style specific to that type of writing.
Australian Studies teaching in the UK Clare Spencer - 27 September A survey of Australian Studies teaching in UK universities, from interdisciplinary and single discipline perspectives, including history, literature, and the culture of indigenous Australians. If you enjoyed this article, please click the heart so other writers will see it. It is estimated that the Arabic script is used by close to 1 billion people worldwide. The guide is aimed that those involved in preparing their students for the workplace.
However, some learners can find the process of reflection problematic. It may be, however, that the success of these students depends on a curriculum that is not appropriate for all students who take an ab initio course. Disability and residence abroad - 16 December This article provides an introduction to ways of ensuring that disabled students are not denied the opportunity to participate in Residence Aboard and are not disadvantaged in the assessment of Residence Abroad. Variability of handwriting increases with longer texts.
Programmes for annotating a corpus are examined as well as the use of corpora in teaching. When I read in a foreign language, I also like to take note of idioms. It engages the energy of grief as of key structural import and argues that for us to learn to navigate anew, for us to be people who language and who bring the intellectual delight and the trouble of languages to life, in the university, then collective grief and the sense of loss are not marginal affairs. Do you necessarily deliver cross cultural awareness through the teaching of a module on Italian literature or Spanish politics? Developing Computer Skills - 6 March Focusing on the IT skills required increasingly of staff in areas of administration, research and classroom practice, this article distinguishes generic core skills from those required in more specialist situations such as applied language study and areas of linguistics. It also demonstrates the importance of a partnership between an academic department and a careers service in order to develop and maintain links with employers.