Monthly Archives: May 2012

Refreshing YazikOpen

Picture of YazikOpen website

I've spent much of today refreshing the look of my YazikOpen website an online directory of open access research into teaching and learning modern foreign languages.  I think that the new revision looks a lot cleaner and less cluttered that my previous effort. In the spirit of sharing and open access the bookcase banner is cropped from a wonderful picture from Flicker user Morgaine under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

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Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education conference 2012

Date: 5 July, 2012 - 6 July, 2012
Location: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh
Event type: Conference

Language Futures is the sixth biennial conference organised by LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies (LLAS), The University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) and the Association of University Language Centres (AULC). It aims to bring together language teachers and researchers from across languages and related disciplines. It will be of interest to those in higher education and related sectors including secondary schools and further education.It is also aimed at representatives of business, language professions and any other employers who wish to develop closer links with education in the field of languages. It is intended as a forum for networking, sharing ideas and resources ,and exploring ways of meeting the challenges of sustaining good quality language education.

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SPEAQ Meeting Innsbruck

Just returned from Innbruck from a SPEAQ project meeting.  Beautiful city. A few pictures here.

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Mapping childhood spaces

Alun Morgan's sharing of a personal outdoor space (mentioned in my previous post) got me thinking about one of my own. The first one which came to mind was the park on Millham Road, Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire (marked in blue) where I lived from the age of two until I was eight. In constrast to the growth of the rest of Bishop's Cleeve, relatively little has changed in this area over the past 30 years.  Crucially the park still borders the fields between Bishop's Cleeve and Gotherington. Millham Road and the nearby Oldacre Drive are Post War (Confirmed by the 1945 OS map below). It is possible to see to the right of the current Ariel photograph what was a disused railway line in my childhood which is now part of the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Steam Railway. It was possible to climb the steep bank and walk along the railway until the GWR laid the track. The station on Station Road is clearly marked on the 1945 map, but I don't think any evidence of it remains. The railway line forms an imprecise boundary between Bishop's Cleeve and Woodmancote.

I am not entirely sure why I thought of this location in such a way. The field was very uneven and people would walk their dogs on it without cleaning up afterwards. I also have strong memories of the rusty goalposts.

Want to reflect on your own personal spaces? You can get recent images from google earth and nineteenth and twentieth century OS maps from British History Online.

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