SOAS University of London

Centre for Language Pedagogy

Centre for Language Pedagogy (archived site)

The Centre for Language Pedagogy (CLP) was established to promote the teaching and learning of Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages and to support the development of teaching materials and learning resources for these languages. The centre ceased operations in September 2014, these pages are here as an archive of their work.

Some of activities of the LWW CETL (Languages of the Wider World: SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ~2010) such as CuDOS (the Curriculum Development Group) are now incorporated into the Centre's remit.

The Centre's primary objectives

  1. to promote interdisciplinary scholarship in and research on the teaching and learning of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages;
  2. to provide a forum for all staff and postgraduate (masters and doctoral) students involved in language teaching at SOAS for collaboration on research and materials development to enhance language teaching and learning at SOAS;
  3. to provide a space for SOAS staff and postgraduate students to collaborate with scholars from other institutions (including those from overseas);
  4. to promote the development and publication of teaching materials for Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages;
  5. to provide an intellectual home for the related MA programme MA Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy.
  6. to organise seminars on language teaching and learning of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern languages, open to all SOAS students and staff as well as academics and students of other institutions and the general public;
  7. to promote innovation in the teaching of Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages;

Topics that many members are currently interested

  1. Heritage/community language learning: Issues and benefits
  2. Study abroad: Issues related to preparing students for their year abroad, finding out what learning takes place while abroad, and reinforcing the language gains of post-study-abroad students.
  3. Common European Framework of Reference – CEFR (Common European Framework of Refence for Languages): Adoptability and/or application to our languages.
  4. Translation in language learning/teaching: Teaching translation as a skill, rethinking translation as an effective tool for promoting language learning. (See Translation for more information).
  5. Content Language Integrated Learning – CLIL: Collaboration among language teachers and specialists in various disciplines, taking advantage of SOAS strengths.  
  6. Technology and language teaching: Maximizing the effective use of technology in teaching languages

Our Relationship with INALCO-PLIDAM

CLP has a strong tie with the research group, PLIDAM (Pluralité des Langues et des Identités : Didactique, Acquisition, Médiations) hosted at our partner institution INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in France. We have been collaborating on various activities and research projects with INALCO-PLIDAM.  In March 2011 INALCO hosted the first doctoral seminar for young researchers, and the presenters’ papers are now available in the PLIDAM Doctoral Seminar proceedings on our site.