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Last chance to register for the University of Southampton e-learning symposium 2015!

Don’t forget to secure your place at the University of Southampton e-learning symposium 2015 before the registration deadline of Monday 19 January 2015! The 10th University of Southampton e-learning symposium, organised by the Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), will take place at the University of Southampton from 22-23 January 2015. To find out further information about this event, including details of keynote speakers and an event programme, visit the LLAS website. Continue reading →

Language teachers – 2014 EUROCALL proceedings now available

Language teachers may be interested in reading these latest studies about technology in the context of language teaching. The articles from the 2014 EUROCALL (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning) proceedings are now available in the form of an open e-publication as individual downloadable PDFs. The complete proceedings can also be purchased as a paperback. Continue reading →

Modern Languages represented at 2014 Eurocall conference

Julie Watson and Kate Borthwick are amongst colleagues from Modern Languages attending the 2014 Eurocall conference, taking place from 20-23 August 2014 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Julie’s presentation entitled ‘Sizing up the online course: adapting learning design to meet growing participant numbers’ will take place on the second day of the conference. Continue reading →

Brazilian language students learn English online with retirees

The Independent has reported on a scheme in a Brazilian language school, which is helping students to improve their English by linking up with elderly Americans online. Some unlikely friendships have developed between the young Brazilian learners and the American retirees, many of whom live lonely lives in retirement homes. To find out more about the scheme, read the full article on the Independent website. Continue reading →

Interview with David Crystal at the IATEFL conference

The PIE News interviewed David Crystal last week at the 2014 IATEFL conference on the subject of English as the world’s lingua franca now and in the future. In the interview, Crystal discusses his views on themes including the influence of English worldwide, the growth in English-medium instruction in non-Anglophone universities and the role of technologies in the evolution of language learning. To read the interview in full, visit the PIE News website. Continue reading →

Is it possible to learn a language with just a smartphone?

The Guardian has reported on the progress of an online language learning challenge that it recently launched, in which it is following the progress of a self-proclaimed ‘tech lover’ who is trying to learn Spanish using just a smartphone. Alan Haburchak has swapped games for language learning during his daily commute and is using the DuoLingo app to try to learn Spanish in just six weeks. Find out more about the challenge on the Guardian website. Continue reading →