Presentation on theme: "UCL/SOAS Languages of the Wider World CETL Cristina Ros i Sole UCL/SOAS Languages of the Wider World CETL Cristina Ros i Sole Crossing Frontiers Languages."— Presentation transcript:
UCL/SOAS Languages of the Wider World CETL Cristina Ros i Sole UCL/SOAS Languages of the Wider World CETL Cristina Ros i Sole Crossing Frontiers Languages and the International Dimension University of Cardiff, 6-7 July
A SOAS & UCL collaboration, funded by the HEFCE. Aims : to promote, foster and support excellence in the teaching and learning of Languages of the Wider World (LWW): Middle East, Africa and Asia, Russian and other Slavonic and East European Languages, Hebrew and Yiddish, Dutch, and Scandinavian languages One of the only two CETLs in the UK devoted to language learning and teaching.
Building on the expertise of the language departments of UCL and SOAS; Raising the national and international profile of academic activities devoted to these languages. Development & evaluation of curriculums, learning materials and language learning methodology. Providing personal development and opportunities for language teachers
Bridging the gap between pedagogical research and classroom practice Challenges of LWW pedagogies Disseminating innovation and good practice within LWW Promoting technology-enhanced and blended language learning and blended language learning
Reflection and Research Materials and Curriculum development Learner and Teacher Training Dissemination
Identification of teaching practices and innovation Integration of new learning & teaching approaches Learners’ profiles, motivations & identities RESEARCH TOPICS
Do current foreign language methodologies apply to LWW? Do LWW learners use technologies in a different way? Do LWW different identities and learner profiles necessitate new pedagogies ? Does culture & ICC need to be taught differently? Some questions addressed…
Seminar Series on Languages of the Wider World Pedagogies: forum for presenting and discussing research into the teaching and learning of LWW. External and internal speakers invited on: Multicompetence, Motivation, ICC, Heritage Language Speakers, Virtual Learning Environments for Language Learning, Endangered Languages. Workshops Research & Teacher Training Surveys Language teachers’ approaches to teaching LWW Learners’ profiles, needs and motivations and use of new technologies.
Coordination of good practice within and across institutions (UCL and SOAS) through meetings, workshops & seminars. Dissemination of good practice outside UCL/SOAS: presentation at conferences, organising external workshops (e.g. needs of LCTL, Heritage Language Speakers, teaching of ICC for LWW). Collaboration with similar international organisations. DISSEMINATION
To enhance students’ experience of learning LWW by.. producing new textual and oral materials; extending already created language learning models to LWW: e.g. CALL/CMC templates such as MALTED or Virtual Dutch; using student-generated material in tandem projects with students in another country; extending the cross-sector CALL initiatives, such a CROSSCALL developing interactive VLEs for the writing of non-Roman scripts; designing collaborative language-learning platforms between SOAS/UCL and other UK and overseas institutions. MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT
LEARNER AND TEACHER TRAINING The creation of a web resources and discussion for language teaching staff; Creating a new course and qualification for teacher training for LWW for HE teachers as well as school and teachers working in the community. Designing and staging courses in generic language learning skills for students embarking on the study of a new language; Staging in-sessional training workshops on the preparation of textual and/or virtual language materials
Currently funding projects in 34 different languages. See website for more details.