Friday, 18 December 2015

Wonderful party on SmallWorlds today (Screenshots)

Our Xmas virtual party was a great success today! There was a variety of cakes, a Christmas turkey, plenty of drinks, fireworks, and snowballs! We danced a lot, we had a snowball fight, we wrote wishes on the walls, and we watched videos from students & tutors on the FlipGrid. By the way, the FlipGrid is still open, so you still have the chance to take part and leave your Christmas message (or song!!!). Students from all three cohorts popped in and enjoyed the event making it very special!
Below you can see a collection of pictures from the event (feel free to download and share on social media):





Again, thank you all for your participation :-)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The social media team of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Join our Xmas party on SmallWorlds on Friday!

We are having a Christmas party on Friday 18th December 2015 at 10-11 am (UK time), at the MA in DTLT space on SmallWorlds and everyone is invited! There will be food, games, dance, snow and lots of laughter so try not to miss it!


Directions to the MA in DTLT space: On SmallWorlds select Places (bottom of the screen), then Search (menu on the left) and then type in "MA in DTLT". On the right you will click on Go there (orange button) which will teleport you to the space.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Screenshots from today's tutorial on SmallWorlds

This week's tutorial for the Introduction to Digital Technologies for Language Teaching module has been held on SmallWorlds. The tutorial started with a dancing activity under the sounds of popular international songs. Next, students and tutors discussed about the affordances of Virtual Worlds for language teaching and learning and finally they played word games. During the tutorial several guests popped in, while some of them contributed to the discussion too. All in all it was a great tutorial; thank you all for your participation!
The following screenshots/pictures are from today's tutorial. Feel free to download and use it on Social Media! 




Monday, 30 November 2015

Tutorial on SmallWorlds this week!

This week's topic in the "Introduction to Digital Technologies for Language Teaching" is about Virtual Worlds and the tutorial will be held on SmallWorlds!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A huge thanks to all teachers who replied to our call!

We are happy that many teachers worldwide answered to our call and submitted their telecollaborative projects for consideration. Due to this huge interest our students in the "Telecollaboration in Language Learning" module were presented with an array of choices and, thus, it was easier for them to find a telecollaborative project that was closer to their context and their interests. We thank you all for this!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Let's get down to e-business! - case study of a telecollaborative project

One of the assignments in the “Telecollaboration in Language Learning” module of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching (MA in DTLT) asks students to study closely the what’s and how’s of real-world telecollaborative projects.


The eTwinning project "Let's get down to e-business!" co-organised by Eva Toth, an English teacher at a technical and vocational school in Hungary, was selected as a case study for its innovative and close to real life activities.
Karina Pearl Thorne, student of the MA in DTLT, who examined this project in her paper reported that: "The potential for digital technology to enhance and extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom is no more evident than in the project Let's get down to e-business!".

Students and tutors of the MA in DTLT would like to thank Eva Toth for her time and contribution to the TLL module.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Let's Write a Story - case study of a telecollaborative project

One of the assignments in the “Telecollaboration in Language Learning” module of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching (MA in DTLT) asks students to study closely the what’s and how’s of real-world telecollaborative projects.
The eTwinning project "Let's Write a Story" with partners from 23 schools across Europe was selected as a case study for its creative writing activities and use of storytelling Web 2.0 tools. Robert Martínez, student of the MA in DTLT, who examined the "Let's Write a Story" project in his paper acknowledged that: "Investigating and interviewing an experienced telecollaborator has translated into a deeper understanding of what telecollaboration entails by adding flesh to the bones".

Students and tutors of the MA in DTLT would like to thank Loredana Popa, teacher partner in this project, for her time and contribution to the TLL module.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Students of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching write for Wikipedia

One of the assignments of the Telecollaboration in Language Learning module of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching engaged students in contributing significant new material to the Tangem Language Learning on Wikipedia. Our students extended the history of Tandem Language Learning up to the present day, enhanced the overall structure of the text, added several new sections about telecollaboration, corrected language errors, and added extra references and links.

You may see how the article was before (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tandem_language_learning&oldid=670181788) and after (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tandem_language_learning&oldid=685208568) our students’ contribution.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Editing Wikipedia as part of an assignment

This week students of the "Telecollaboration in Language Learning" module of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching edit the Tandem language learning Wikipedia page as part of their assignment to study the origins of telecollaboration.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Call for teachers who run online intercultural projects

Language teachers who run or have implemented online intercultural projects (also known as telecollaborative projects, such as eTwinning, ePals, Flat Stanley Project, etc.) are requested to send a short description (about 100 words) of their project to the digitaltechnologies4lt@gmail.com.

Those who answer to this call will be contacted by our students and asked questions regarding their experience of developing and running a telecollaborative project.

Finally, participants will receive a certificate of appreciation while selected telecollaborative projects will be published on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UoN.MA.DTLT) of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Welcome to the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching!

Tutors and students of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching send a video welcome message to the new cohort.


Watch their short clips here: http://flipgrid.com/#1f5c466d

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dr. Goria awarded with the Lord Dearing Award

Dr. Goria was chosen as one of the winners of this year's Lord Dearing Awards
Dr. Cecilia Goria, Director of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching, was awarded with the Lord Dearing Award*.

In her proposal emphasised the way that informed use of digital technologies facilitate her efforts to innovate and excel. As she wrote in her abstract: "My contribution to teaching and learning is special, because I make informed use of the latest technologies, emphasising student-led learning and autonomy. Characterised by the ongoing commitment to innovation, a broad variety of methods and the development of best practice my teaching combines Face-to-Face (F2F) with Distance Learning (DL) pedagogies."


* The Lord Dearing Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of University of Nottingham staff in enhancing the student learning experience.

For more information about this year's Lord Dearing Awards winners: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/tld/awards/dearingawards/lda2015abstracts.aspx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Jane Basnett: What the MA in DTLT has done for me so far and my thoughts on what I am discovering now

Jane Basnett - second year student currently writing her dissertation - reflects on her experience studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Read Jane's post: http://janeebasnett.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-ma-project.html

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Only for students of the MA in DTLT: Dissertation Show on Thursday 23 July

Poster for the Dissertation Show created by one of our students, Chryso Pelekani
Students of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching are invited to the online Dissertation Show on Thursday, 23 July at 11 a.m. (UK time).

The Dissertation Show is an excellent opportunity for students working on their dissertations to present what they have done so far and their plans for completion and get feedback from their peers and tutors. It aims also to provide ideas and tips for future research on the broad area of language teaching and learning with digital technologies to students who will undertake their dissertation during the next semester.


For more information about the Dissertation Show, please contact the MA in DTLT programme director Dr. Cecilia Goria (cecilia.goria@nottingham.ac.uk).

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lesson Plans submitted to the Competition are now available online!

The social media promotion team of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching hosted a lesson plan competition for all teachers worldwide. The contest attracted the interest of many educators and we had some great lesson plans submitted.
What is more important, contestants gave their permission to share publicly their lesson plans so everyone could benefit from them. 

We created a special board on our Pinterest account where you can find a collection of the lesson plans submitted in the competition: https://www.pinterest.com/dt4lt/language-learning-lesson-plan-competition/

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Student experiences of studying for the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

We asked our students to share their thoughts about their experience of studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching. Our students talked about several issues including the distance delivery method and teaching methods, support given by the tutors, and learning gains.

This video is a synthesis of their videos - we hope you find it interesting and informative!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University Conference - 19 June 2015

The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at The University of Nottingham is hosting the 5th annual conference in the "Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University" series. Following great success in Newcastle (2011), Bristol (2012), Manchester (2013) and Leeds (2014), in 2015 the conference will focus on 'Enhancing Participation and Collaboration'.


The #InnoConf15 is taking place at the University of Nottingham (University Park Campus) on 19 June 2015. Confirmed keynote speakers are Jan Hardman (University of York) and Zoltán Dörnyei (University of Nottingham).

A volume with selected papers from the conference, edited by Cecilia Goria, Oranna Speicher and Sascha Stollhans, will be published with research-publishing.net in 2016.

For further information, please see the conference website: http://innoconf2015.weebly.com/

Update
Read the conference report: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/clas/2015/07/14/innovative-language-teaching-and-learning-at-university-enhancing-participation-and-collaboration/

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Survey about attitudes to postgraduate study - Lucky draw winner announcement

The social media promotion team of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham held a survey about attitudes towards postgraduate study from 30 March to 15 June 2015. We would like to thank all people for taking the time to participate in our online survey. Your input is valuable to us and it will help us determine the best way to improve the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching programme.

People who responded in our survey had the opportunity to enter a draw for a SanakoStudy Solo license (http://www.sanako.com/products/study-1200/study-solo/). The draw was held on 16 June 2015 and the winner was selected at random. The lucky winner is Alena Widows.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Survey about attitudes to postgraduate study - Few days left to participate!

The social media promotion team of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham is running a survey about attitudes towards postgraduate study. 

Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated and will help us deliver better services to our future students. Also, respondents in the survey will have a chance to win a SanakoStudy Solo license. The drawing will be conducted on 15 June 2015 and the lucky winner will be announced on the Facebook page of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching and will be contacted via email.

The survey consists of 23 questions and will take approximately 5-7 minutes to answer.

To answer the survey click the link below:
http://goo.gl/forms/nkyBsw6uSV

Friday, 5 June 2015

Survey about attitudes to postgraduate study - chance to win a free SanakoStudy Solo License

The social media promotion team of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham is running a survey about attitudes towards postgraduate study. 

Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated and will help us deliver better services to our future students. Also, respondents in the survey will have a chance to win a SanakoStudy Solo license. The drawing will be conducted on 15 June 2015 and the lucky winner will be announced on the Facebook page of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching and will be contacted via email.

The survey consists of 23 questions and will take approximately 5-7 minutes to answer.

To answer the survey click the link below:
http://goo.gl/forms/nkyBsw6uSV

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Reminder - The Q&A session is today!

The second Questions & Answers session on Twitter for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham is today! The session will run for one hour from 3-4 pm (UK time) (check your time zone). Follow the Twitter account of the programme (@dt4lt), use ‪#‎dt4lt‬ and get ready to voice your questions!

Don't miss the chance to discuss your questions about studying online with us and get answers from tutors and students of the programme!

Looking forward to e-see you!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Next Q&A session on Thursday 4th June

We hope that you enjoyed today's Q&A session on Twitter as much as we do. There were several interesting questions about studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies and our students (special thanks for their participation) gave insightful and helpful answers based on their personal experience.
The next Q&A session will happen on Thursday 4th June 2015, from 3-4 pm (UK time) (check your time zone). The Q&A session is a great opportunity to voice your questions about studying online for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham and get answers from a team of tutors and students. So, make sure that you don't miss it!


We also prepared a Facebook event for people who do not have a Twitter account, so they can post their questions there.

Looking forward to e-see you!


Reminder - The Q&A Twitter session is today!

The first Questions & Answers session on Twitter for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham is today! The session will run for one hour from 11-12 a.m. (countdown to the event). Don't miss the chance to discuss your questions about studying online with us and get answers from tutors and students of the programme!

Looking forward to e-see you!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Only a few days left before our Q&A session on Twitter! - Monday 1st June

Only a few days left before the first Q&A session on Twitter happening on Monday 1st June 2015, 11-12 am! The Q&A session is a great opportunity to post your questions about studying online for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham and get answers from a team of tutors and students. So, make sure that you don't miss it!

Don't forget to use the #dt4lt, follow the @dt4lt Twitter account and we will follow you back.

We also prepared a Facebook event so you won't forget about the Q&A session! Join the Facebook event to receive updates and info!

Looking forward to e-see you!


Sunday, 24 May 2015

University of Nottingham - League tables

The University of Nottingham is placed 77th in the world and in the top 1% of Universities internationally by the latest (2014) QS World University Rankings.

In UK, the University of Nottingham is consistently ranked in the top 30 Universities.
The University of Nottingham is ranked 8th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (the Research Excellence Framework is a quality measure of universities’ academic work, which will decide how much funding they receive for the next six years).

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, which polls student opinion on 21 aspects of university life, placed Nottingham 10th in the UK in 2014.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

R. Martínez - Studying Technology-Enhanced Creative Writing

How is the experience of studying Technology-Enhanced Creative Writing at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching? For Robert Martínez, 1st year student, the Technology-Enhanced Creative Writing module has been a journey of discovery in terms of professional, academic and personal achievements. Watch his self-reflection video:


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Join us on Twitter for a chat about #dt4lt programme


Do you want to advance your career or are you looking for a career change? Are you looking for a masters degree program that can fit into your busy schedule? Are you looking for something to broaden your knowledge and hone your skills on language teaching?

We invite you to our Questions & Answers (Q&A) sessions on Twitter where you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions about studying online for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham and get answers from a team of tutors and students.


Join us on Twitter using the #dt4lt hashtag on Monday 1st June 2015 from 11-12 am (check your time zone) and on Thursday 4th June 2015 from 3-4 pm (UK time) (check your time zone). If you are not on Twitter you can ask your questions here or on our Facebook event.


Looking forward to e-see you!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Jane Basnett - We are all unique

Jane Basnett, second year student of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching, shares her thoughts on providing individualised learning for every student.


Read more on her blog: http://janeebasnett.blogspot.com/2015/05/we-are-all-unique_10.html

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Marguerite Coutinho - Studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Marguerite Coutinho, 2nd year student, created a short animation to share her experience of studying at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Karina Thorne - Studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Karina Pearl Thorne, 1st year student, summarizes in 90 seconds her experience studying at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Jennifer Prescott-Studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Jennifer Caroline Prescott, 1st year student, reflecting on her experience studying online for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching says "...one of the things I have really enjoyed about this course is the fact that I am geographically distant I actually feel very close to my cohort and to my tutors".

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Angelos Konstantinidis-tutoring at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

How teachers perceive teaching and professional development at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching? Angelos Konstantinidis shares his experience running the "Telecollaboration in Language Learning" module

Monday, 11 May 2015

Barbara Petersen-Studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

“I have been in industry for over fifteen years and in various roles and this programme is really capturing what is happening now” says Barbara Petersen, 1st year student at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Victoria Hortelano - Studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Victoria Hortelano, 1st year student, describes her experience studying online for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Studying Technology-Enhanced Creative Writing at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

How is the experience of studying Technology-Enhanced Creative Writing at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching? Karina Pearl Thorne, 1st year student, reflects on her experience and shares key take-aways from the course.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Robert Martínez-Studying for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching

Robert Martínez, 1st year student, talks about his experience studying online for the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Studentships for the MA in DTLT - deadline approaching!

The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies is offering a number of studentships and fee waivers for students of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching. All School fee waivers cover tuition fees at the University's UK/EU level (currently £3,980 per annum). Please note that this will not completely cover the full cost of any taught course or international tuition fee. The successful candidate will need to cover the remainder themselves.
To be eligible to apply for School funding, you must be holding an offer of a place to study at the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham.

The deadline for submitting the completed application form is on 11th May 2015.

More info and application form:http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Students of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching presented their work at the CLAS Postgraduate Symposium

Two students of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching presented their papers at the 1st Annual CLAS Postgraduate Symposium.
Ronald Salmond (2nd year student) presented his paper titled: "Guidelines for Enhancing Instructor Issued Corrective Feedback and Methods for Training Students to Deliver Beneficial Corrective Feedback during Collaborative Language Tasks". You can watch his presentation below (two parts):






Jennifer Prescott (1st year student) presented her paper titled "Shifting Identities of the 21st Century Language Learner: The Application and Integration of Digital Technologies Has Changed How Students Self-Identify and Why They Learn".
You can watch her presentation below:

Monday, 27 April 2015

Students of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching are presenting in the CLAS Postgraduate Symposium

Two students of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching are presenting in the 1st Annual CLAS Postgraduate Symposium held on 27-28 April 2015 at Nottingham.
Ronald Salmond (2nd year student) presents his paper titled: "Guidelines for Enhancing Instructor Issued Corrective Feedback and Methods for Training Students to Deliver Beneficial Corrective Feedback during Collaborative Language Tasks".
Jennifer Prescott (1st year student) presents her paper titled "Shifting Identities of the 21st Century Language Learner: The Application and Integration of Digital Technologies Has Changed How Students Self-Identify and Why They Learn".

The programme of the 1st Annual CLAS Postgraduate Symposium:

Monday, 30 March 2015

Survey about attitudes to postgraduate study - chance to win a free SanakoStudy Solo License

The social media promotion team of the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching of the University of Nottingham (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/language-centre/teaching/dtlt.aspx) is running a survey about attitudes towards postgraduate study. In addition, the survey aims to gather prospective students' opinion towards studying in the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated and will help us deliver better services to our future students. Also, respondents in the survey will have a chance to win a SanakoStudy Solo license (http://www.sanako.com/products/study-1200/study-solo/). The drawing will be conducted on 15 June 2015 and the lucky winner will be announced on the Facebook page of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching (https://www.facebook.com/UoN.MA.DTLT) and will be contacted via email.

The survey consists of 23 questions and will take approximately 5-7 minutes to answer.

To answer the survey click the link below:
http://goo.gl/forms/nkyBsw6uSV

Friday, 20 March 2015

And the winners of the Language Learning Lesson Plan Competition are…

We want to thank all those who took part in the “Language Learning Lesson Plan Competition”. We had some truly great lesson plans submitted and it was quite difficult to pick the winners. So, congratulations not only to the winners but to all entrants!
The two winners are: Sandi Ferdiansyah and Yağmur Damla Aslan (and her peers Nelida Nita, Tugay Elmas, Şule Akgün).
Sandi and Yağmur Damla will be awarded a SanakoStudy Solo License each.

Stay tuned in our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UoN.MA.DTLT) and keep following us on Twitter (@dt4lt) for the most successful entries of the “Language Learning Lesson Plan Competition” will be shared soon!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Language Learning Lesson Plan Competition - Last day for the competition to end!

The social media promotion team of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching is hosting a lesson plan competition for all teachers or other educators worldwide. Teachers who enter the competition will have the chance to share their lesson plans in language learning with other teachers all over the world and get recognition for their work. Additionally, the best two lesson plans will be awarded a SanakoStudy Solo license (http://www.sanako.com/products/study-1200/study-solo/).

Lesson plans should include:
  • A title
  • A short introduction which includes students' age range, language level, type of institution (primary, secondary, university, college, etc.)
  • Lesson aims and objectives (no more than eight)
  • Description of the procedure of the lesson (approx 100 words)
  • Time required for completing each activity and the overall lesson
  • A list of the software/web 2.0 tools to be used
  • A list of the materials to be used (if relevant)
Lesson plans should normally fall between 700 and 1500 words in total (bibliography excluded).

The competition opened on 7th January and the lesson plan submission deadline is 7th March 2015 at 23:00 (UK time).

Terms & Conditions
  1. The content in the lesson plans must be the work of the contestant. Entries with plagiarized material will be excluded from the contest.
  2. Any images used in the lesson plans must be royalty free or correctly cited.
  3. The lesson plans should integrate digital technologies in language teaching.
  4. Each contestant can submit more than one lesson plans, but may win only one SanakoStudy Solo license.
  5. Although contestants can collaborate to create a lesson plan and enter the contest, there will be only one prize for each entry.
  6. The lesson plans must be sent to the digitaltechnologies4lt@gmail.com by the deadline. Late submission will not be considered. 
Judging Criteria
Competition entries will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Clearly stated lesson aims and learning outcomes appropriate to the designated level(s)
  • Logically sequenced activities which support the achievement of the lesson aims
  • Technology integration in the learning activities 


Follow MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UoN.MA.DTLT) and Twitter (@dt4lt) for updates and other info about the contest.

Monday, 2 March 2015

175 masters scholarships worth £10,000 each for entry on to taught courses

The University of Nottingham is offering 175 masters scholarships worth £10,000 each for entry on to taught courses in 2015.

Eligibility criteria
Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student. In addition, applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:
  • Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
  • In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)
  • Women in STEM (restricted programmes)
  • Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty
  • From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group
More info on how to apply: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/scholarships-2015.aspx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Language Learning Lesson Plan Competition - deadline approaching

The social media promotion team of the MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching is hosting a lesson plan competition for all teachers or other educators worldwide. Teachers who enter the competition will have the chance to share their lesson plans in language learning with other teachers all over the world and get recognition for their work. Additionally, the best two lesson plans will be awarded a SanakoStudy Solo license (http://www.sanako.com/products/study-1200/study-solo/).

Lesson plans should include:
  • A title
  • A short introduction which includes students' age range, language level, type of institution (primary, secondary, university, college, etc.)
  • Lesson aims and objectives (no more than eight)
  • Description of the procedure of the lesson (approx 100 words)
  • Time required for completing each activity and the overall lesson
  • A list of the software/web 2.0 tools to be used
  • A list of the materials to be used (if relevant)
Lesson plans should normally fall between 700 and 1500 words in total (bibliography excluded).

The competition opened on 7th January and the lesson plan submission deadline is 7th March 2015 at 23:00 (UK time).

Terms & Conditions
  1. The content in the lesson plans must be the work of the contestant. Entries with plagiarized material will be excluded from the contest.
  2. Any images used in the lesson plans must be royalty free or correctly cited.
  3. The lesson plans should integrate digital technologies in language teaching.
  4. Each contestant can submit more than one lesson plans, but may win only one SanakoStudy Solo license.
  5. Although contestants can collaborate to create a lesson plan and enter the contest, there will be only one prize for each entry.
  6. The lesson plans must be sent to the digitaltechnologies4lt@gmail.com by the deadline. Late submission will not be considered. 
Judging Criteria
Competition entries will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Clearly stated lesson aims and learning outcomes appropriate to the designated level(s)
  • Logically sequenced activities which support the achievement of the lesson aims
  • Technology integration in the learning activities 


Follow MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UoN.MA.DTLT) and Twitter (@dt4lt) for updates and other info about the contest.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: 1st Annual CLAS Postgraduate Symposium



CALL FOR PAPERS: 1st Annual CLAS Postgraduate Symposium

April 27th-28th 2015, University of Nottingham

Confirmed Keynote: Professor Pat Thomson

This year, the CLAS postgraduate community is pleased to be hosting the 1st Annual Postgraduate Symposium.

We invite both taught and research PGs to present their research in a friendly, informal environment and would welcome as many contributions as possible on any theme or topic, in the following suggested formats:

-          Formal papers, lasting 10-15 minutes
-          Informal research overview presentations, lasting 5-10 minutes
-          Translation, subtitling or interpreting demonstrations, readings of translations or other creative contributions
-          Offers to chair panel sessions
-          Posters

We are looking for speakers from all departments to present their research however they feel most comfortable, be that in a traditional conference format or a more informal talk, such as a translated piece followed by a commentary. We’re very open to all ideas, so please do get in touch if you feel that you have an alternative format that you might like to try.

We ask for abstracts of 200-250 words, giving details of what you would like to present, and how you would like to present it. Please be sure to include your name, degree course, and department. Please email this to classymposium@gmail.com by Friday 27th February, 2015.

The setting will be informal and inclusive, and there will be an emphasis on discussion rather than on presentation. We hope to enable students at all stages to benefit from the knowledge and experience of colleagues, and to engage with each other’s research.

The symposium does not have an overarching theme; rather, we hope to be as inclusive as possible, and arrange the panels by research interests with the aim of creating discussions that will enhance our individual projects by sharing ideas across disciplines. The concept behind the symposium is to share our research and build networks across the different departments in the School in order to foster a livelier, more interactive postgraduate community.

We are also very pleased to announce that Professor Pat Thomson will be giving our keynote address. Professor Thomson, of the University of Nottingham’s School of Education, will be presenting a paper about postgraduate life. Her impressive academic profile (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/education/people/patricia.thomson) is supplemented with an extremely accessible and helpful blog (http://patthomson.wordpress.com/) that provides excellent academic advice for postgraduates and early career researchers on a range of topics. In addition to her position within the School of Education, Professor Thompson is Adjunct Professor at the Free State University, South Africa, a Visiting Professor at the University of Haskoli Islands, Iceland and a Visiting Professor at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

We have also planned a variety of parallel workshops, which are based around key issues affecting postgraduates such as public engagement, social media networks, being an early career researcher, and careers outside of academia (all of these are yet to be confirmed, but this is to give you an indication of the nature of these workshops). We hope to see as many CLAS postgraduates as possible at the event, even those are not presenting, so look out for an opportunity to register as an attendee in due course.

Kind regards,

PG Symposium Organising Committee
Sam Wilkinson (French)
Nicola Thomas (German)
Irene Hadjiloizou (CFM)
Victoria Gerstman (CFM)
Isabel Story (SPLAS)
Olivia Hellewell (RSS)
Onur Alptekin (SPLAS)
Hongyuan Chen (CETI)
Timo Schrader (AmCan)
Coral Leather (AmCan)
Claire Burdfield (CFM)
Margarita Escobar (SPLAS)
Ya Chun Liu (Translation)



Friday, 20 February 2015

Call for Papers: Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing Participation and Collaboration

The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at The University of Nottingham is hosting the 5th annual conference in the "Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University" series. Following great success in Newcastle (2011), Bristol (2012), Manchester (2013) and Leeds (2014), in 2015 the conference will focus on 'Enhancing Participation and Collaboration'.

The InnoConf 2015 is taking place at the University of Nottingham (University Park Campus) on 19 June 2015.

We welcome research-related papers as well as presentations of case studies and projects on innovative ways to enhance participation and collaboration in Modern Languages at university, including English as a Foreign Language. We would be particularly interested in the following areas: 

·       The use of technology

·       Assessment of/for learning

·       Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

·       Intercultural awareness (support and development)

·       Employability

·       Year Abroad

·       Classroom dynamics/management

·       Students as producers

·       Teacher training

·       Teacher-student collaboration

·       Autonomous learning

·       Motivation

Abstracts are invited for a 20-minute presentation/workshop in a titled, single-spaced attachment of not more than 300 words in length, with name, address and affiliation in the body of an email address to: innoconf2015@nottingham.ac.uk.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 27 February 2015
 
Confirmed keynote speakers are Jan Hardman, University of York, and Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham.

For further information on the conference, please see the conference website http://innoconf2015.weebly.com/ or contact the organisers:

Cecilia Goria, cecilia.goria@nottingham.ac.uk
Oranna Speicher, oranna.speicher@nottingham.ac.uk
Sascha Stollhans, sascha.stollhans@nottingham.ac.uk

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Research scholarships for international students at the UoN

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for international students to help cover tuition fees. In order to apply for a scholarship you must have a confirmed offer of a place to study at the UoN for academic year 2015-2016.

Good luck with your applications!

For more information visit: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus/international-applicants/scholarships-fees-and-finance/scholarships/research-scholarships.aspx