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Call for contributions to an e-book EMPLOYABILITY FOR LANGUAGES: A HANDBOOK

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We are planning the publication of a selection of case studies showcasing the excellent and inspiring work of language teachers, academics and practitioners in the area of employability for language graduates. This collection will form a snapshot of good practice and show the outcomes of recent projects and debates in the area of employability. Case studies will accompany articles from invited contributors describing a variety of personal experiences in the area.

This open access e-book will be freely available for download and will be aimed at practitioners in secondary and tertiary education. The focus of the book will be around practical experience ‘in the field’ and reflective practice, rather than research.

Possible themes include:

·        Projects in the area of employability for languages

·        Engaging in embedding employability as part of the languages curriculum

·        Transition from education to the job market

·        Language skills as part of the 21st century graduate curriculum

·        Schemes supporting employability

·        Technology for employability

We anticipate case studies to be no more than3000 words and we will issue a template to all accepted authors to work to, which is likely to include Context/rationale, aims/outcomes, what you did, evaluation/impact and conclusion.

Please, send your expression of interest in electronic form to the co-editors Erika Corradini, Kate Borthwick and Angela Gallagher-Brett at llas@soton.ac.uk including the word ‘ebook employability’ in the subject field.

The deadline for expressions of interest (max 350 words) has been extended to Monday 12 October 2015 - 16.00hrs.

The Year Abroad Awards 2015

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The Year Abroad Awards 2015 are designed to celebrate and reward UK students who have spent time working, studying or volunteering abroad during their degree. The ten categories have been carefully selected to showcase the qualities that epitomise a year abroad student - creativity, bravery, ingenuity, a global mindset and a sense of humour! The deadline is on 13th September 2015. New sponsors and prizes to be announced!

Eligibility

To enter the Year Abroad Awards, you must be a student at a UK university (or have graduated from a UK university within the past year) and have spent up to a year studying, working or volunteering abroad during your degree. Please check out our FAQs and T&Cs for more information about the Awards, and scroll down to read more and enter.

Categories

  1. The Blogging Award for Best Documentation of Adventures
  2. The Photography Award for the Photo of the Year
  3. The Videography Award for the Film of the Year
  4. The Entrepreneurial Award for the Best Startup Idea
  5. The Students' Choice Award for the Most Outstanding University Advisor
  6. The Adversity Award for the Most Inspirational Student
  7. The Language Award for the Best Grasp of a Foreign Language
  8. The Year Abroad Yarn Award for the Most Brilliant Anecdote
  9. The Universities' Choice Award for the Most Transformed Student
  10. The Travel Writer Award for the Best Mole Diary

 

For further details, click here

 

 

REMINDER: Nominations for the Threlford Memorial Cup 2015

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REMINDER: Only a few days left: the closing date for nominations is Friday 31 July 2015

IoL Educational Trust (IoLET), the awarding body of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, invites nominations for the Threlford Memorial Cup 2015. The cup will be presented to the winner at an awards ceremony in central London in November.

The Threlford Memorial Cup is awarded annually to an individual, organisation or project making a significant contribution to 'fostering the study of languages', in the words of CIOL founder Sir Lacon Threlford. The runner up receives the David Crystal Trophy, kindly donated by renowned linguist and CIOL Honorary Fellow, Professor David Crystal.

The awards have attracted a wide variety of nominations in previous years and recent winners include the Arsenal Double Club Languages, thirdyearabroad.com and GCHQ's Language Outreach Project.

Anyone wishing to submit a suitable candidate for the award should download the nomination form from the Annual Awards 2015 page of the CIOL website, complete in full, supplying two referees, and send by email to comms@ciol.org.uk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Further information from:

Debbie Butler
Communications and Marketing Manager
deborah.butler@ciol.org.uk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
020 7940 3105

#YearOverHere Campaign

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Discover the world's greatest languages, festivals and culture, right here in the UK !

Welcome to our #YearOverHere Campaign, in partnership with Routes into Languages.  As linguists, we tend to have our gaze fixed outside the UK (especially when planning - or pining! - for our time abroad) - so much so that we often forget to appreciate the incredible intercultural opportunities we have here at home! As part of our campaign we have collected listings of upcoming UK-based foreign cultural events** and courses, language-enhancing resources and top tips to help you immerse yourself in a foreign culture in order to hone your global skills - all without leaving the UK!

For further details go to:

http://www.thirdyearabroad.com/yearoverhere.html

Routes Live

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Routes into Languages is launching a series of webinars covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity which HEFCE has asked us to carry out and which was discussed at a recent Project Managers' meeting.

The first webinar 'Working as a translator or interpreter: ask the experts!' is scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2015, 12.30-1.30. The event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel of experts.

Please, visit https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/Live to find out more details about this event.

And follow us on Twitter #RoutesLive where anybody can post questions to be fed to the panel before the day of the webinar.

Speak to the Future: the campaign for languages "Write to your MP"

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As political parties put together their manifestos for the 2015 General Election, what better time to write to your MP to highlight the importance of policies which support language learning in schools, universities, businesses and the community?

By writing to your MP you can support the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages’ call for a 5-point plan to improve the UK’s language capability and in supporter of learners, teachers and all who benefit from language skills. 

You can help by:

§  emailing your MP

§  asking them your questions (letter templates below)

§  Send us your questions and their reply.

Speak to the Future will publish letters on this website when permission has been given.

Speak to the Future will work closely with the APPG on Modern Languages to enable it to be better informed about MPs’ support for pro-languages policies, and which MPs are most supportive. Read more about the APPG on its website.

Remember, MPs are duty-bound to reply to their constituents – so let’s get them to show their support for languages!

So, how can you get involved? It’s easy!

1) Identify the current MP for your constituency (you can use this site)

2) Send them a letter asking for their views. You might like to use one of our templates for inspiration. Feel free to amend these to include your own views and questions!

General focus

Business focus

Primary languages focus

Community languages focus

Download the Letter-writing pack (Zip, 879KB): WriteToYourMP-LetterWritingPack - includes these instructions and all letter templates in Word and a copy of the Manifesto for Languages.

3) When they respond, you might want to send a follow-up letter, thanking them and inviting them to develop their views and endorse the Manifesto for Languages if they haven’t already done so. For example, use our template Follow up letter

Tip: If your MP has already replied to this campaign already, you might want to go straight to the Follow-up letter.

4) Remember to send any letters you receive to info@speaktothefuture.org

5) We will then publish it (with permission) and pass on the information to the APPG on Modern Languages. Look out for publication and if you are on social media, please share!

Please note that we can only post electronic documents: a scan (image or PDF), or an email.

Remember, you must ask for permission to host the reply on this website. Paste this into your email to ask for permission to display your MP’s answer:

The www.speaktothefuture.org website aims to make MPs’ views about the importance of languages clear to all. With your permission I should like to post this letter and your response on the website. 

Our aim is to get a response from a majority of MPs between now and the election. You can help us get there – we look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch on info@speaktothefuture.org

or go to: http://www.speaktothefuture.org/how-can-i-be-involved/

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