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  • A feature of Professor Sugata Mitra’s Self-Organised Learning Environments

    In 1999, Sugata Mitra, Professor of Education Technology at Newcastle University, England, and his colleagues tried a dipstick experiment in teaching.

    published on: 19 October 2016

  • Languages for Learning: A Pedagogy for EAL

    The conference includes speakers who are experts in multilingual/plurilingual pedagogical approaches and intercultural education from UK, Finland and France and experts in Romani languages and heritage from UK and Romania.

    published on: 18 October 2016

  • All-Party Parliamentary Group Press Release on Languages welcomed

    Today’s press release on ‘BREXIT and Languages’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages was welcomed by René Koglbauer, Director of Network for Languages North East and Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University.

    published on: 17 October 2016

  • Staff and students ‘suspicious’ of international strategies

    Research by Dr Alina Schartner suggests staff and students are cynical about universities’ attempts to become more international and believe the strategies are about generating income.

    published on: 14 October 2016

  • Two ECLS students receive University Endowed Prizes

    The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences are delighted to announce that two of its students received University Endowed Prizes for their academic achievements in Year 1 of their degrees.

    published on: 12 October 2016

  • Personal and professional learning from this summer’s conferences

    I was tempted to begin this blog post with a witty anagram of BERA and BELMAS, the two conferences I attended this summer but it is with some degree of embarrassment that I have given up with nothing to show for my efforts.

    published on: 10 October 2016

  • A small space for big ideas

    Prof Sugata Mitra is opening the smallest School in the Cloud research lab in India this week. Prof Sugata Mitra’s latest SOLE research lab is a discreet affair, tucked away in the corner of a school playground in West Bengal.

    published on: 27 September 2016

  • The Trouble with Aid – Quantity, Institutions and Utopian Ideals

    Just over a year before Priti Patel took up the post as Secretary of State for International Development, the Coalition Government brought into law the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015. 

    published on: 22 September 2016

  • European Day of Languages Competition 2016 goes live

    Network for Languages North East and the North Leadership Centre have partnered once again with the Association for Language Learning and Routes into Languages North East to run the European Day of Languages competition for schools and further education colleges.

    published on: 21 September 2016

  • Rethinking a National Curriculum and finding space for the local

    On 14 July 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced her new Cabinet, following a significant reshuffle and re-structure of Government. In this context, researchers from all over Newcastle University express their thoughts on the challenges..

    published on: 20 September 2016

  • Sugata on why we need a turnaround in our education system (in Spanish)

    and how the SOLE method fits into that (in Spanish). He's just been in Spain to help bring SOLE into schools in Madrid.

    published on: 19 September 2016

  • EVENT: CfLaT Showcase 2016

    Themes of: Social justice; Innovative research methodologies; Professional development, leadership & learning; Innovative pedagogy and curriculum; Learning spaces; Teaching and learning in HE.

    published on: 15 September 2016

  • The One Show (BBC One)

    The One Show revisits 'Granny Cloud' volunteer Jackie Barrow four years on from her trip to Pune, India.

    published on: 11 September 2016

  • The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award

    EXCITING NEWS: The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award for our efforts in the last academic year! 

    published on: 9 September 2016

  • From private conversations to public dialogue reflections on a European research workshop

    Picture the scene; it was a sunny August Friday afternoon on the last day of a four day European conference in Dublin. We found our session venue and we organised ourselves and our resources for our workshop.

    published on: 31 August 2016

  • Africa overlooks 'slum superstars'

    Talented children from poor families with illiterate parents are often overlooked in developing countries, as no-one believes they can be gifted – wasting a potentially enormous contribution to economic growth and development.

    published on: 25 August 2016

  • Tim Morris Award

    In 2012 CfBT Education Trust (now Education Development Trust) launched the Tim Morris Award in order to provide a one-off grant of £2,000 to a PhD/MPhil student in the field of education in a developing context.

    published on: 22 August 2016

  • EVENT: Setting a course for life chances: a new direction

    This event discusses how researchers can influence policy by considering life chances across the lifecourse.

    published on: 18 August 2016

  • Dr Alina Schartner receives prestigious award in Bangkok

    Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology, and recognises early career excellence in the field of language and social psychology by a scholar.

    published on: 9 August 2016

  • Festival of Learning Nomination

    ESRC Impact IAA project, SOLE and Self Advocacy for Communities of Adults with Diverse Needs has been nominated for a 2016 Festival of Learning Award.

    published on: 1 August 2016

  • Appointments

    The Applied Linguistics & Communication section are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of staff, set to join us some time in the autumn.

    published on: 30 July 2016

  • 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)

    I was given the excellent opportunity to present a poster at the 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)

    published on: 29 July 2016

  • Congratulations

    Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology.

    published on: 27 July 2016

  • Aspiring leaders understanding their ‘selves’ and/in social contexts

    This blog post follows up my initial thoughts concerning opportunities for change in August 2015. At that time, the opportunities in question related to the forthcoming review of National Professional Qualification programmes for Middle Leadership (NPQML), Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and Headship (NPQH) in England.  

    published on: 25 July 2016

  • Strong ALC presence at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology

    Applied Linguistics and Communication @ Newcastle was represented by two staff members and two PhD students at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP) which was held from 22-25 June at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.

    published on: 5 July 2016

  • Congratulation to PhD student Kazuki Hata

    A huge congratulation to Applied Linguistics and Communication PhD student Kazuki Hata, who has had a paper published in the internationally-renowned Journal of Pragmatics!

    published on: 30 June 2016

  • NETSP celebration event

    On Monday 27th June 2016 Newcastle University welcomed a number of successful graduates from the National Professional Qualifications. Newcastle University is one of the partners in the North East Teaching Schools Partnership (NETSP).

    published on: 29 June 2016

  • Applied Linguistics & Communication blog: Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7)

    Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7) at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 in France that I attended in June 2016, turned out to be a very welcoming place for postgraduate students to showcase and share their research. 

    published on: 29 June 2016

  • EDUCATION BLOG: BREXIT – initial thoughts on effects on our schools

    Alea iacta est, the die is cast! With 5am last Friday morning it was obvious that a majority (51.9%) of the UK electorate had voted for BREXIT. 

    published on: 28 June 2016

  • Free downloadable resource: NEW CfLaT publication on teacher coaching

    Dr Rachel Lofthouse has collated her recent blog posts on professional development and leadership through teacher coaching into a new CfLaT think-pieces publication.

    published on: 27 June 2016

  • CERA-UK Conference 2016

    From 24 June to 25 June 2016, I attended an annual conference held by Institute of Education, UCL, called CERA-UK Conference 2016, and presented the draft findings of my doctoral research in Session D – Higher Educational issues. 

    published on: 25 June 2016

  • Cross Cultural Communication Online Chat

    Dr Adam Brandt, Degree Programme Director for our MA degrees in Cross Cultural Communication, will answer your questions about studying Cross Cultural Communication at Newcastle University.

    published on: 24 June 2016

  • SOLE can change a child’s world

    One of the brilliant things about SOLE is the fact that, with just an internet connection, a few computers, a bunch of children and a bit of guidance, anyone can do it. And that’s what we love about it.

    published on: 10 June 2016

  • A feature of Professor Sugata Mitra

    Discussing his concept of self-organised learning environments (SOLEs).

    published on: 7 June 2016

  • Education blog: Whole-class I-R-F: Confronting the ‘Pseudo-differentiation’ Issue

    The practice of ‘differentiation’ in a whole-class setting is an established concept and regarded as being an essential feature of effective pedagogy. As Kerry (2002, p.82) points out:

    published on: 4 June 2016

  • NETA Support Assistant

    The North East Trust for Aphasia, within the School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences, is looking for an enthusiastic person to work in the NETA Aphasia Support Centre, an initiative that allows people with aphasia and their partners to meet and attend a range of group activities.

    published on: 3 June 2016

  • Education blog: My journey to India

    The experience I had with ‘The Future of Learning’ module with Professor Mitra and Dr Stanfield instigated my enthusiasm to conduct my educational research around the Self Organised Learning Environment approach. This stimulated my visit to India as I wanted to see how the Self- Organised Learning Environment approach works in a developing country context where the availability of qualified teachers and quality education continues to be a problem

    published on: 3 June 2016

  • North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University and Siemens launch new partnership

    On Tuesday 24th May the North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University invited over 60 middle and senior managers from Siemens Power Generation to a launch event for a new bespoke leadership development programme.

    published on: 2 June 2016

  • Major Refurbishment

    Newcastle University is investing in the Speech and Language Sciences Campus Clinics with a major refurbishment that will take place over the summer.

    published on: 1 June 2016

  • EVENT: Community Curriculum

    A free event for those of you who believe in a rounded and fair education for young people in the 21st century

    published on: 27 May 2016