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
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
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
Learning outdoors in school grounds
Perhaps it’s the onset of summer weather, or the fact that the school term feels different after the exams and tests are over, but whatever the reason there has been a renewed interest in learning outdoors recently, as illustrated by a recent Guardian feature.
published on: 22 July 2016
InForm Conference 2016: Working with words – Supporting understanding of discipline-specific vocabulary in IFPs
On 16 July 2016 I attended the annual InForm conference, which took place at Durham University. InForm is a publication edited by staff from the University of Reading that provides a research forum for HE professionals working on international foundation programmes.
published on: 20 July 2016
UK teacher writes in defence of 'evidence' for SOLE
In response to your article 'Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud'Guardian (7th June 2016)
published on: 18 July 2016
Self-Reflection - LILA '16
I did present at LILA '16 / 3rd International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference which was held at Istanbul, Turkey on JUNE 24-25, 2016.
published on: 15 July 2016
Simple measures can poverty proof the school day for pupils
A scheme to help disadvantaged pupils has been shown to increase attendance and attainment in schools.
published on: 14 July 2016
ALC PhD students present their research at ‘Sociolinguistics Symposium 21’ in Murcia, Spain.
Last June, I visited University of Murcia in Murcia, Spain to present my analysis in the conference, “Sociolinguistics Symposium 21”.
published on: 13 July 2016
The EUROSOLE project - sparking creativity and discovery through Big Questions across Europe
EUROSOLE offers a targeted response to the strategic objectives of national education systems in the UK and European level cooperation in the area of reducing and tacking early school leaving.
published on: 11 July 2016
Fully funded PhD studentship available
Devising an effective intervention for pre-school children with poor language development: do ‘usage based’ theories of language acquisition hold the key?
published on: 9 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 Central News: Words of wisdom from education's top TED talk speakers
Professor Sugata Mitra’s speech (2.3 million views) is featured among the TED talks that had the greatest impact on education
published on: 23 June 2016
Education: International Perspectives Online Chat
Dr Hanneke Jones, Degree Programme Director for our MA in Education: International Perspectives, will answer your questions about studying the degree at Newcastle University.
published on: 21 June 2016
International Development and Education Online Chat
Professor Pauline Dixon, Degree Programme Director for our MA in International Development and Education, will answer your questions about studying International Development at Newcastle University.
published on: 20 June 2016
Celebrating Success - Secondary PGCE
Not only did we celebrate their achievements on Friday, but we said goodbye this year's Secondary PGCE students. We would like to wish them all the best for the future
published on: 20 June 2016
EVENT: UK-Japan Symposium on Intercultural Communication & International Universities
ALC staff members Adam Brandt and Chris Leyland are organising an international symposium to take place here at Newcastle University in early September!
published on: 18 June 2016
Education blog: The Case for a Community Curriculum Making
Picture the scene, it is Monday afternoon and twenty 14 year olds are listening with rapt attention to a group of elderly men and women. Some are writing furiously while others are using their mobile phones to record what is being said. Back at school with the guidance of their teacher the students will spend the week crafting beautiful stories. The spelling and punctuation will be accurate, the presentation stunning.
published on: 17 June 2016
EVENT: The impact of poverty on education – New evidence on an old problem
An event hosted by Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal in conjunction with Children North East and Schools North East, exploring the impact of poverty on education from a number of perspectives and launching an evaluation of the ‘Poverty Proofing the School Day’ initiative.
published on: 16 June 2016
EVENT: Comparing Parent-Reported and Directly-Observed Child Language and Parenting Behaviours
Parent-report and direct observational measures are frequently used to assess child outcomes and evaluate intervention success, although it is unclear whether these methods are interchangeable.
published on: 14 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
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
Flexible teaching space now open in Herschel Building
The Herschel Building’s new Learning Lab provides state of the art, flexible teaching space right in the heart of campus.
published on: 27 May 2016
Education blog: Power to the People; Can Teacher Coaching be viewed as a form of Transformational Leadership?
There is something both alluring and disquieting about theories which can be summed up as a catchy combination of letters and numbers. They create a hook, something which we can engage with, may recall more readily and perhaps therefore start to exploit in our busy professional lives.
published on: 26 May 2016
Bringing the EU into focus
The Herschel Building’s new learning lab held its first public event last weekend with a workshop around the theme of ‘If not for EU’ (with apologies to Bob Dylan!)
published on: 24 May 2016
CfLaT Newsletter - Issues 24
The latest issue of our CfLaT Newsletter has arrived!
published on: 20 May 2016