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News articles of interest to higher education LLAS subject fields.

Monday, 30 April 2007

More teaching through Welsh plea

A parents' group has called on assembly election candidates to pledge that half of schools will teach in Welsh.

30 April 2007
BBC website

MPs issue EC university warning

Ministers have been urged to safeguard UK universities interests against European Commission proposals.

Monday, 30 April 2007
BBC website

Friday, 27 April 2007

New venture reaches out to Eastern Europe

Anthea Lipsett

It is more than 15 years since the collapse of the Soviet empire, but the need to understand developments in Central and Eastern Europe remains.
The Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies, which was launched last week at University College London, will bolster research on the region in areas such as migration, cultural identity and recent history, health, energy, politics, economic integration and democratisation.

Friday, 27 April 2007
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Game combats campus culture shock

A computer game has been devised to help overseas students deal with the culture shocks of university life in Britain, like seeing kissing in public.

Friday 27 April 2007
BBC website

Rise in pupils without English

The proportion of children in England's schools who do not have English as a first language is rising.

Thursday, 26 April 2007
BBC website

Reviving a 'dead' language

The children are writing postcards about their favourite things - holidays, sport, food.

But however many times they jot down "wish you were here", their intended recipients never will be.

They have been dead for about 2,000 years.

BBC website
Wednesday 25 April 2007

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Stop! Grammar time

Understanding how language works is an important part of becoming an English teacher, writes John Hughes

Wednesday April 18, 2007

Friday, 13 April 2007

Lessons interrupted

Ala' Hussein Oda surveys the task of ELT reconstruction in post-invasion Iraq

Friday April 13, 2007
Guardian Weekly

Universities undermine their own foundations

Opinion: Contracting out English preparation courses in Britain is a short-term fix

Glenn Fulcher
Friday April 13, 2007
The Observer

Monday, 2 April 2007

Never mind French and Spanish ...

Mandarin is the language of the moment in primaries, secondary schools and universities up and down the country. Lucy Ward on the rush to learn China's official language

Monday April 2, 2007
The Guardian