During the past couple of weeks I have been researching recent developments in language learning and teaching, including how to promote independent language learning. It is so rewarding and important to learn a second (or third) language.
We all know that languages are taught in schools (see White Paper below) and universities but learners can go it by themselves, too. Many universities have self-access language centres that offer resources you can use, some offer integrated language modules as part of a non-language degree. There are free online resources for all languages (and don’t forget online newspapers!), and most local libraries will have language learning resources and books for you to use.
Here are some links to the initiatives and organisations I have read and found out about:
- Association of University Language Centres
- CILT, The National Centre for Languages
- CELAN, Language strategies for competitiveness and employability
- CercleS, European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education
- DG Education and Culture
- Erasmus for all
- European Commission
- European Council
- European Day of Languages
- Higher Education Funding Council for England and their Shaping the future toolkit
- The importance of teaching (White Paper)
- Languages Work
- Routes into languages
- Speak to the future
- Studying Languages
Thanks to people on twitter, especially @evarol and @icpjones for their help and input.