LLAS News Blog

News articles of interest to higher education LLAS subject fields.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Tuition fee warning over four-year language courses

University language departments are warning that the increase in tuition fees in England could undermine their ability to recruit students.

Many language degrees include an extra year abroad - and there are fears that students will not want to pay up to £36,000 for a four-year course.

BBC news

The LLAS subject centre is running an workshop related to this issue. Please visit the workshop website for further details.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Poor language skills put Scots at disadvantage

Early opt-outs and removal of foreign assistants fuel rapid decline of languages, TESS survey reveals

There has never been a more perilous time for modern languages in our schools.

So says Eddie Morrison, headteacher of John Ogilvie High in South Lanarkshire, whose commitment to languages makes him the exception, rather than the rule.

Some heads are counting the hours that pupils are taught a modern language in primary, and once they are sure their 500-hour entitlement is met, are “dropping it like a hot tortilla”, he says.

Times Education Supplement

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

FCO travel advice mapped: the world according to Britain's diplomats

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issues travel warnings and advice for British citizens. See the snapshot they paint of the world today

The Guardian

Friday, 18 March 2011

Poorly organised language provision has major effect on success of military intervention

A University of Reading led study has found that poorly organised language provision can have a major effect on the success of military intervention. The three-year project is the first study to examine the way war is spoken, and focus on the people who give a voice to the 'friendly faces'.

Reading website

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Concerns expressed about lack of experience on ML and Linguistics REF panel

The lack of previous experience among members of two subpanels in the forthcoming research excellence framework could undermine researchers' "grudging acceptance" of the exercise, an academic has warned.

The membership of the 36 subpanels was announced last month by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The law subpanel contains just one person who has experience of working on the research assessment exercise, which preceded the REF. None of the Hispanists on the modern languages and linguistics subpanel has prior experience.

Times Higher Education

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Bilingualism impacts on colour perception

Learning a foreign language literally changes the way we see the world, according to new research. Panos Athanasopoulos, of Newcastle University, has found that bilingual speakers think differently to those who only use one language.

Science Daily

Thursday, 3 March 2011

UK Ambassador in Mexico to give careers talk in Southampton

“Careers in the Diplomatic Service”- by Judith Macgregor, British Ambassador in Mexico

Date: Monday 7 March / Time: 5:45-6:30 pm / Location: Lecture Theatre C (Avenue Campus), University of Southampton