Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education conference 2012

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

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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.

The conference will address five key themes relating to the current and emerging landscape of languages in education:

1. Engaging with policy
2. Learning and Teaching
3. Graduate skills and employability
4. Internationalisation and mobility
5. Transition into higher education

If you have any questions concerning the content of this conference please contact John Canning  For queries relating to arrangements please contact the administrator Claire Wilkins

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Keynote speakers

Professor Jim Coleman, Open University
Professor Rosamond Mitchell, University of Southampton
Professor Colin Riordan, University of Essex
Sarah Breslin, Scotland's National Centre for Languages (SCILT)
Professor James Foreman-Peck, Cardiff University

Provisional programme

A provisional programme for 5 and 6 July 2012 is available here.



  • When registering please specify your option preference in the comments box
  • Cancellation charges will apply :
    1. 50% refund of registration fee where cancellation is received in writing by Friday 1 June 2012.
    2. No refund will be given if cancellation is given from Saturday 2 June 2012 onwards.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available
  Standard rate
Option 1:
Conference attendance on 5 and 6 July, overnight accommodation* on 5 July, conference dinner and breakfast on 6 July  
Option 2:
Conference attendance on 5 and 6 July with no accommodation or conference dinner
Option 3:
Conference attendance on 5 July only
Option 4:
Conference attendance on 6 July only
Option 5:
Conference dinner (non-overnight delegates)
Option 6:
Extra night accommodation* on 4 July with breakfast on 5 July
Option 7:
Extra night accommodation* on 6 July with breakfast on 7 July
Remember that you can apply for the HEA UK travel fund to cover travel, subsistence or conference fees for this event. To find out more, visit the HEA website or download the application form here

Travelling to the venue

If you need further information about travelling to the venue please refer to the conference centre website

*accommodation: Rooms are based at Chancellor's Court and are ensuite.  Chancellor's Court and the John MacIntyre Conference Centre are colocated with no more than a 2 minutes walk between the two.  Hair dryers and iron/ironing boards are available on request, towels are supplied as is mini samples of shampoo.

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