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Oromo children's books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive

Oromo children's books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Melbourne woman Toltu Tufa launches publishing company to print children’s books entirely in Oromo, a language forbidden under Haile Selassie
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Most P1 pupils in Scotland learn one foreign language, latest figures show - BBC News

Most P1 pupils in Scotland learn one foreign language, latest figures show - BBC News | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
The majority of pupils in Scotland are learning an additional language in primary one, says the Scottish government.
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Oromo children's books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive

Oromo children's books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Melbourne woman Toltu Tufa launches publishing company to print children’s books entirely in Oromo, a language forbidden under Haile Selassie
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*CFP* Languages in HE conference: Frameworks for collaboration and multilingualism, Warwick University, 6-7 July 2016

*CFP* Languages in HE conference: Frameworks for collaboration and multilingualism, Warwick University, 6-7 July 2016 | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it

CALL FOR PAPERS

The ninth biennial joint LLAS, UCML and AULC conference aims to bring together language practitioners from Secondary, Higher, and Further Education to celebrate language collaborations and innovations across the sector.

The conference is centred on the development of partnerships and frameworks that have formed between individuals or institutions who are continuing to work on bringing languages to the fore.  As a response to challenging times in which our strategically important, yet vulnerable, subjects continue to feel the strain of falling student numbers, instigating innovative collaborations and teaching practices has indeed become of strategic importance in the re-framing of language learning at all levels.

The conference would like to explore the current re-thinking of languages provision from a multi-faceted perspective, focusing on the added value that collaborations bring to the sector at large. In this respect, the event will be divided into the following themes:

Transitions in languages educationRoutes into Languages: success storiesInnovative collaborations in outreachSustainability of collaborations post-fundingTransitions in and out of higher educationFrameworks for enhancing language educationImplementation of innovative frameworks for language teachingBenchmarkingCEF use and implementationInnovation and collaboration in language educationCollaborations in curriculum design and reformsCollaborations in resource developmentCollaborations in innovative teaching practicesCollaborations in researchCollaborations and impact on the publicMultilingualism for EU collaboration and beyondCollaborations beyond national frontiersChallenges of multilingual collaborationsThe multilingual benefit of collaborationTeaching Excellence FrameworkImplications for the sectorChallenges of implementation

Abstracts of up to 200 words for papers or ideas for posters should be submitted no later than Friday 4th March 2016. The online submission form can be downloaded here.  Papers should be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion.

Please send your abstracts to : llas@soton.ac.uk no later than Friday 4th March 2016.

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The Guardian view on David Cameron’s ‘Learn English’ message: it’s finger-wagging bad | Editorial

The Guardian view on David Cameron’s ‘Learn English’ message: it’s finger-wagging bad | Editorial | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Editorial: The prime minister could have made the sound case that language education is empowering. Instead, by suggesting a link to terrorism, he sounded as if he was once again scolding Muslims
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A university is giving free English lessons to displaced refugees

A university is giving free English lessons to displaced refugees | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
The University of Leicester has opened its doors to help displaced refugees overcome one of the most difficult challenges they face when seeking sanctuary in the West by providing something invaluable - English language lessons. Teachers from the institution’s English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) have been offering up their expertise, training for volunteers who have less classroom experience, and the use of university facilities also - all free of charge.
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Mathematicians prove the triviality of English

Mathematicians prove the triviality of English | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Thanks to our pronunciation rules, when you do algebra on the alphabet, everything reduces to 1
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Canada's indigenous people raise voices as youth activism surges

Canada's indigenous people raise voices as youth activism surges | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
With the majority of the country’s aboriginal population under 25, young people are embracing indigenous languages as representatives seek to make cultural issues a focus of the coming election
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How China plans to become a global force in higher education

How China plans to become a global force in higher education | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Our expert looks at the latest developments in China’s drive for bigger and better international partnerships
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Will international love help your language skills blossom?

Will international love help your language skills blossom? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Dating a native can be useful when you’re learning a language, but it’s not a magic formula for fluency
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I am neither Mr, Mrs or Ms but Mx | Jacob Tobia

I am neither Mr, Mrs or Ms but Mx | Jacob Tobia | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
OxfordDictionaries.com added the gender-neutral title into their lexicon. For genderqueer people the decision couldn’t have come soon enough
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Can Michael Jackson make the Quechua language cool? - BBC News

Can Michael Jackson make the Quechua language cool? - BBC News | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
A Michael Jackson song in the indigenous language of the Incas has gone viral in South America.
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Why North Koreans are developing an appetite for foreign languages

Why North Koreans are developing an appetite for foreign languages | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
With trade overtaking the traditional party-cadre route to riches, language lessons are in demand. And it’s not just about ambition, reports Daily NK
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Red ink: Colombian cultural institute sets out to correct tattoo typos

Red ink: Colombian cultural institute sets out to correct tattoo typos | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Instituto Caro y Cuervo launched a social media campaign to find and fix the worst inked affronts to the Spanish language to promote literacy among youth
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A US state is offering children the chance to learn code instead of a foreign language

A US state is offering children the chance to learn code instead of a foreign language | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Politicians in Florida are poised to allow students to study computer coding rather than a foreign language.

Legislators in Tallahassee are set to vote on a proposal raised by a former Yahoo executive who believes students should be able to drop a traditional foreign language for coding, a language that many consider the lingua franca of the technology era.
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People are furious because France is changing the way it spells over 2,000 words

People are furious because France is changing the way it spells over 2,000 words | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Outrage has erupted in France after a language moderator approved changes to the spellings of thousands French words in an attempt to simplify the language.

The alterations were approved by the country’s official language moderator, Académie française in 1990, but are due to come into effect this year and will be published in school books and dictionaries this September, The Local reports.
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World insight: The use of English in universities will not kill off Dutch

World insight: The use of English in universities will not kill off Dutch | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Martin Paul believes that the advantages of teaching some courses in English far outweigh the disadvantages for students in the Netherlands
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Are scientists easy prey for jihadism? | Paul Vallely

Are scientists easy prey for jihadism? | Paul Vallely | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
The terrorists’ black and white worldview appeals to an ‘engineering mindset’, a study suggests. A broader education would give vulnerable students the tools to question authority
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France is introducing 'vending machines' for short stories

France is introducing 'vending machines' for short stories | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
While the printed short story may have become less popular in recent years due to the rise of the smartphone, the novel’s younger sibling is about to gain a new lease of life in France. The southern city of Grenoble will soon become home to numerous ‘vending machines’ that dispense short stories for you to read on your commute.  Short Édition has made over 600 short stories from their library available to purchase, each one falling into one of three options - one, two or five minute reads. 
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'We need to make more of our children multilingual'

'We need to make more of our children multilingual' | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Only by teaching languages from an early age are we going to shake off the tag of being Europe’s laziest linguists, writes former head Peter Tait
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Edinburgh primary pupils to study two foreign languages - BBC News

Edinburgh primary pupils to study two foreign languages - BBC News | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
Every pupil in Edinburgh is to receive lessons in two foreign languages by the time they leave primary school, council officials announce.
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Textbook passage referring to slaves as 'workers' prompts outcry

Textbook passage referring to slaves as 'workers' prompts outcry | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
McGraw-Hill Education apologises and promises to fix a passage that implies African slaves came to the US as economic migrants
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German through English Eyes: A History of Language Teaching and Learning in Britain 1500-2000, by Nicola McLelland

German through English Eyes: A History of Language Teaching and Learning in Britain 1500-2000, by Nicola McLelland | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
This survey shows how textbook materials often reveal more about the ‘home’ culture than they do about the one being taught. Sylvia Jaworska writes
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Modern languages ‘sold short by REF’

Modern languages ‘sold short by REF’ | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
The merger of seven subpanels into a single one for modern languages and linguistics has skewed results, claim scholars
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Britons 'nervous to speak foreign language when abroad' - BBC News

Britons 'nervous to speak foreign language when abroad' - BBC News | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
A quarter of British holidaymakers feel nervous at the thought of having to speak the local language abroad, a poll for the British Council suggests.
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‘I can’t speak properly. I am different’: do you need to speak English to be a good citizen?

‘I can’t speak properly. I am different’: do you need to speak English to be a good citizen? | Language teaching and learning in higher education | Scoop.it
New requirements for public service workers to be fluent in English echo David Cameron’s suggestion that good language skills are part of the fight against extremism. But at the same time, courses to train non-native speakers are being cut across England
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