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CGE seminar today: Professor Anna Mauranen

English as a lingua franca – Broken English? Please join us for today’s seminar by the Diamond Jubilee Fellowship visitor Professor Anna Mauranen, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki and Professor of English. Wednesday 15th October 2015, Lecture Theatre C (Avenue Campus) 17:00-18:30 Abstract: Although it has become generally accepted that English is the global lingua franca, debates over the desirability of this state of affairs have not died down. Continue reading →

ILC seminar programme Semester 1

Research Seminar Series (ILC, CGE, CLLEAR, TNS) Wednesdays Avenue Campus All Welcome Date Centre Time Room Speaker Title 01-Oct ILC 5pm-7pm 1177 Dr Jane Lavery, Dr Mark Dinneen, Dr Claire Eldridge, Professor Ulrike Meinhof University of Southampton Research Leave presentations 15-Oct CGE 5pm-7pm LTC Prof Anna Mauranen Helsinki University ‘English as a Lingua Franca – broken English?’ 22-Oct CLLEAR 5pm-7pm LTC Dr. Continue reading →

ESRC network grant success

Laura Domínguez and Roumyana Slabakova have been successful in securing an ESRC network grant (£30,000) as part of an international network of researchers led by Monika Schmid (Essex). This will fund a series of seminars on the topic of First Language Attrition – the process by which the first language of a speaker who uses another language predominantly (e.g. migrants) becomes compromised and shows signs of cross-linguistic interference. Continue reading →

AHRC Network grant success

Professor Roumyana Slabakova has secured funding of £42,800 from the AHRC for the Meaning in Language Learning Network, in collaboration with Dr. Heather Marsden (York). The network will create a new forum for dialogue among language learning experts and stakeholders. It includes 18 participants in the UK and 4 international members from Europe and the US. The programme includes 3 workshops, focus groups, a conference colloquium, and outreach activities. Continue reading →

New project on Internationalisation of Higher Education

Dr Julia Hüttner will participate in a three year project (2014-2016) called “Internationalization of Higher Education in bilingual degrees: Analysis of the linguistic, cultural and academic challenges”. The project is led by Prof. Emma Dafouz of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) to 20,000 €. Continue reading →

British Council ELT Partnership Research Award

Dr Ying Zheng has been successful in obtaining a British Council ELT Partnership Research Award. She has been awarded £10k for a project entitled:  Investigating the Practice of the CEFR outside Europe: A Case Study on English Writing Assessment in China. This project investigates the practice of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) outside Europe. Dr. Zheng will develop a case study on English writing assessment in China in collaboration with Dr. Continue reading →

Dr Aude Campmas presentation at Association of Medical Humanities conference

Supported by the ILC research travel fund, Dr Aude Campmas recently presented a paper at the Association of Medical Humanities Annual Conference  ‘The Art of Compassion’, on 7–9 July 2014 at the University of Southampton. Abstract: Martyrdom and (com)passion in Huysmans’s St. Lydwine of Schiedam In the presentation I explore the influence of medical models in the novel, St. Lydwine of Schiedam by the fin de siècle author Joris-Karl Huysmans. Continue reading →

Research grant success for Ying Zheng

Dr. Ying Zheng has been successful in obtaining an award under the British Council East Asia Assessment Research Grants scheme 2014. The title of the project is ‘Aptis in China: Exploring Stakeholders’ Perceptions of its Validity and Practicality’. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Yanyan Zhang, Associate Professor from Wuhan University.  The project aims to investigate Aptis test takers’ perceptions of its validity and test practicality in China. Continue reading →

iTunes U recording: Pronoun Interpretation in the Second Language

Follow this link to a recording of a public seminar given by Professor Roumyana Slabakova and Prof. Lydia White (McGill University) on Pronoun Interpretation in the Second Language at The Department for Education at the University of Oxford. Abstract: A much-studied phenomenon in first language (L1) acquisition concerns the fact that children have greater difficulty in interpreting sentences with pronouns than with reflexives, the so-called Delay of Principle B Effect (DPBE). Continue reading →