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Presentation of the work of the LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies which provides support and training for teachers in higher education and schools. It provides links to a range of resources developed by the Centre which can be freely accessed and used by teachers.

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About llas

  1. 1. LLAS: Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies Professor Mike Kelly Director LLAS
  2. 2. LLAS: background and core activities <ul><li>Part of the Higher Education Academy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>support for academics: professional development, advice, professional recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support for insitutions: research (evidence-informed practice), change management, PVC network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>funded by HE funding councils for 4 UK nations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>network of 24 Subject Centres (including LLAS): discipline-based professional development, project funding, networking opportunities, advice, advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.heacademy.ac.uk </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. LLAS: background and core activities <ul><li>Key areas of our work to support HE teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>workshops, seminars, conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information gathering and research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>project funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resources for teaching and promoting LLAS subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>networking opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>publications written for and by practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working with and supporting professional bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.llas.ac.uk </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. LLAS: background and core activities <ul><li>Other areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cross-sector collaboration www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>support and training for the schools sector www.llas.ac.uk/southeast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promoting languages to young learners www.whystudylanguages.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community engagement http://languagebox.ac.uk/1842/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-tools and online resources www.humbox.ac.uk , www.languagebox.ac.uk , http://loc.llas.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU projects www.languagecafe.eu & www.lanqua.eu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resources for students www.studyinglanguages.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.llas.ac.uk </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Languages: the policy context in England <ul><li>National Languages Strategy (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>An option in schools at age 14 (2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Primary languages (entitlement, not yet statutory) </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic and vulnerable subject (since 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>English baccalaureate in schools (2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of new fees structure for higher education (2012) </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education White Paper (forthcoming) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Languages: policy in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland <ul><li>Education devolved </li></ul><ul><li>Different fees arrangements at universities </li></ul><ul><li>Different language contexts in schools ( esp. Gaelic/Irish/Welsh) </li></ul><ul><li>Low take-up of Modern languages at 14-16 and 16-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Languages have come under threat in universities </li></ul><ul><li>Significant investment in Gaelic </li></ul>
  7. 7. Collaborative working within and across sectors Liz Hudswell Assistant Director LLAS (Operations)
  8. 8. Working together for languages <ul><li>Networking and bringing people together </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing good practice and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Working with partners </li></ul><ul><li>Regional consortia </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional resources for languages </li></ul>
  9. 9. Language Network for Quality Assurance (LANQUA) Alison Dickens Assistant Director LLAS (Programmes)
  10. 10. About <ul><li>Network: 61 partners from 29 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: 3 years (Oct 2008 – Sept 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>5 themes: language learning, intercultural communication, literature and culture, CLIL, Teacher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome: LanQua Toolkit – Quality model for languages, practice examples, frame of reference for languages </li></ul>
  11. 11. About <ul><li>www.lanqua.eu </li></ul>
  12. 12. Promoting languages and supporting learners Heather McGuinness Programme Manager Routes into Languages Dr Angela Gallagher-Brett Senior Academic Coordinator LLAS
  13. 13. Routes into Languages 2007-11 <ul><li>£10 million Government funding to increase uptake of languages from 14-18 </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Consortia in England and Wales </li></ul><ul><li>National Network for Translation; National Network for Interpreting </li></ul><ul><li>Research Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community languages; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International events </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Routes England and Wales <ul><li>Universities work together </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with schools and colleges in the same region </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources, ideas, expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Current university students work with teaching staff as student ambassadors </li></ul><ul><li>Business involvement and partnership </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Interpreting based at Leeds University </li></ul><ul><li>Translation based at Salford University </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of first-language English translators and interpreters </li></ul><ul><li>Careers events to engage with students </li></ul><ul><li>Trial modules of cognate language in Masters in Translation </li></ul><ul><li>Work placements </li></ul>National Networks
  16. 17. Why Study Languages Aimed at 11-18 years www.whystudylanguages.ac.uk Studying Languages Aimed at 18-25 years www.studyinglanguages.ac.uk 2 new websites
  17. 20. Languages and Employability Dr John Canning Senior Academic Coordinator LLAS
  18. 21. Employability <ul><li>Widespread anxiety about the relationship between the subject studied at university and getting a good job on graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed messages: languages as skills vs. Modern Languages as a humanities discipline </li></ul><ul><li>LLAS research on employability and entrepreneurship ( A wider perspective and more options ) </li></ul><ul><li>www.llas.ac.uk/publications/employability.html </li></ul>
  19. 22. LLAS: Website and resources Dr Erika Corradini Laurence Georgin Academic coordinators LLAS
  20. 23. Resources <ul><li>Fostering good practice within the community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Practice Guide http://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/guidecontents.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials bank http://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/bankcontents.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>700 reasons to study languages… http://www.llas.ac.uk/700Reasons </li></ul></ul>
  21. 24. Projects <ul><li>Collaborative projects with a community focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Box – an online space for storing and sharing language learning resources www.languagebox.ac.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Café – community-based language groups www.languagecafe.eu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community café – co-creation of content with a group of local teachers www.communitylanguages.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humbox – working with 3 subject centres and 11 universities to promote open education resources www.humbox.ac.uk/ </li></ul></ul>
  22. 25. Our website <ul><li>The LLAS website is an important communication tool for us – to publicise our events, resources and projects and also to offer materials and information of benefit to our community </li></ul><ul><li>It receives an average of 20,000 unique visitors per month with around 48,000 page views </li></ul><ul><li>Our top viewed items are our homepage but also articles in the good practice guide, events and news </li></ul><ul><li>www.llas.ac.uk </li></ul>

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