AELFE (Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos) is an organisation promoting research into all aspects regarding the teaching of foreign languages for specific purposes, mainly science and technology. Although the headquarters of the association are in Spain, it has an European scope covering most of the languages, although preference seems to be given to: Spanish; English; French; and German. The website brings together all the activities carried out by AELFE. Of special interest is the journal, 'Ibérica', which publishes articles and reviews in the methodology of second language acquisition for: specific purposes; technical translation; and pedagogy. All past and current issues of the journal can be accessed online for free, and contributions are accepted in Spanish; English; French; German; Italian; and Portuguese. Since 2002 the association organises an annual conference; call for papers and full details for each of the past conferences can also be accessed through the site. A resources section will be useful for those looking for publications and internet links related with the teaching of foreign languages for specific purposes. AELFE also has an email distribution list, although it is restricted to members of the association only.
English For Specific Purposes is an online subscription journal that publishes articles and research notes on English studies and Linguistics. It will be of interest to university students as well as teachers of English and Linguistics. Topics which have been been featured in past issues of English For Specific Purposes displays a wide range of information from discourse analysis; second language acquisition in specialised contexts; legal writing; needs assessment; curriculum development and evaluation; materials preparation to teaching and testing techniques. The journal also contains reviews of textbook materials and scholarly books on topics like writing; genres; media; gender studies; and classroom dynamics. In addition, the online English journal welcomes suggestions for improvement and encourages discussions which identify which aspects require development. Although there is a plethora of information available only one volume is free to read. The others are available only to subscribers. Contents and abstracts are available online from volume 1, issue 1, 1980.
The IATEFL site (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) aims to support English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching professionals worldwide. It includes conference information, English language teaching book publications and jobs. There is a specific section of the site for Special Interest Groups, which covers Business English, Computers, English for Specific Purposes, Global Issues, and more. The website is straightforward to use and well laid-out, with a comprehensive coverage of relevant issues for teaching EFL, in a user-friendly format. Full membership details are included, as well as news of live events.
Nonstop English is an wesite developed and maintained by Hungarian English teacher, Laszlo Bujdoso. The site provides resources for teaching and learning English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). A range of online and interactive exercises are freely available, giving practice in grammar, spelling and reading. A practice exercise to prepare teachers for a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test is also provided. Students are encouraged to have fun learning English, with additional resources including: quotations; tongue-in-cheek historical biographies; vocabulary-building games; and crosswords . There is also a section on Business English. Students who subscribe (for free) receive motivating emails, extra exercises and score tracking. For subscribers there is also a unique personal page with activity history to see which exercises students have done, how many times and how successfully. New exercises are added every week, and in return for 20 free exercises, teachers are encouraged to submit one exercise to the site. The website is simple to navigate and is a helpful teaching and learning resource.
This Web page(from October 2003) describes an Arts and Humanities Research Council/Arts Council England funded collaboration between novelist Alan Wall and physicist Dr Gron Tudor Jones. Drawing sources as varied as images of the cosmos produced by Hubble telescope and the paths of sub-atomic particles mapped at CERN, the project “explores from a literary perspective the largest and smallest objects analysed by modern physics”. The project resulted in a 2008 novel by Wall, Sylvie’s Riddle.
This webpage describes the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded workshop series ‘Social Science in Search of its Muse’ which explored the way concepts and tools from the arts and humanities might aid the production and dissemination of social science data to wider audiences. The five workshops were hands-on and facilitated by artists, poets, performers and filmmakers, and are documented in a video available here.
The website introduces the University of Bath’s special collections, much of which can be searched via the University library’s online catalogue. Each collection is summarised here, with particular strengths in the history of agriculture, medicine, industrial archaeology and music as well as collations relating to Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the eponymous shorthand system.