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Bazaar: Learn and Exchange at the Market Place
A European language learning project with
remarkable outputs such as a Transferability
Tool Kit and a so-called Book of the Wor(l)d.

Digital Agenda for Europe
The Digital Agenda is the EU's strategyto help digital technologies, including the internet, to deliver sustainable economic growth.

EUCIS-LLL position
on Opening Up Education:

maintreaming and priorizing
digital access in LLL

Eurolta-Eurovolt Diploma – Bringing new
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The European Language Gazette
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Full scholarship for the Certificate in Contemporary Arabic Programme

Sharek Centre, London, is offering one full scholarship for our Certificate in Contemporary Arabic Programme, starting on October 8th 2018.

The immersive Certificate in Contemporary Arabic is a fully experiential, contextualised and communicative programme providing an intensive Arabic language and cultural experience. It prepares students for a wide range of professional, social and academic challenges. It will enable you to communicate effectively in both formal and informal, spoken and written Arabic.

The programme is based on our unique holistic approach to the Arabic language which focuses on Language Unity of Arabic varieties (formal/informal; spoken/written; standard/colloquial).

The programme emphasizes the communicative competences required for effective use of Arabic in a variety of Arabic speaking contexts.

Read more: Full scholarship for the Certificate in Contemporary Arabic Programme

EUROLTA certification course for prospective trainers of German as a foreign language

All on Board is proud to announce the start of our first EUROLTA course on 24 August 2018 in Berlin. Demand for German as a foreign language continues to grow in Germany and around the globe. All on Board aims to give new trainers a solid foundation in the theory and practice needed to teach German to adults.

To register for the course, contact Ms Kim Nguyen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a 6-month, part-time course at All on Board, Seestraße 27, 13353 Berlin Wedding. 

The course schedule is as follows:

  • August: 24-26.08 (Friday evening: course orientation)
  • September: 29-30.09
  • October: 27-28.10
  • November: 24-25.11
  • December: 15-16.12 (if participants agree)
  • January: 26-27.01.2019
  • February: 23-24.02.2019 (if needed)

Justin Ehresman will be our main EUROLTA trainer. Justin holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and has extensive experience in teaching both English and German as foreign languages, as well as years of teacher training experience.

For more information, please visit our website or email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /

Towards Quality and effecitive Apprenticeships

The Council Recommendation of 15 March 2018 on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (2018/C 153/01) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Recommendation aims at increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices and contributing towards a highly skilled and qualified workforce responsive to labour market needs. Quality apprenticeships also help encourage active citizenship and social inclusion by integrating people of different social backgrounds into the labour market. The framework sets out 14 criteria in relation to working and learning conditions as well as to framework conditions. It provides a common understanding among Member States and it will support their efforts to reform and modernise apprenticeship systems that provide an excellent learning and career pathway.


Training Language and Culture Issue 4 published tomorrow

Attention everyone. Your CHRISTMAS READING is about to arrive on your desktop. TLC 4 is perhaps our most challenging issue yet, with its focus firmly on the future. In her article, Svetlana Popova makes the controversial assertion that we should use more ‘TXTING’ AND SOCIAL MEDIA in our teaching to motivate students.

In producing teaching materials black on white is the clearest and easiest format for reading powerpoints and print, isn’t it? Think again. Maybe not. Using the results of experiments conducted by Heinz Boettger and his team it may not be true! In his article he explains why and what the CLEAREST COLOUR CONTRAST might be.

VIRTUAL EXCHANGE, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to internationalise our teaching, is Robert O’Dowd’s subject, reprising his plenary lecture at the April ICC Conference in Graz in Austria.

For literature and culture fans, Oleg Radchenko and Viktoriya Vetrinskaya in their article ask HOW FAR DOES LITERATURE REFLECT AUTHORS PRIVATE LIVES?, examining, as an example, the work of the 19th century writer, August Von Platen.

On the grammar front, in case you are in shock from the number and complexity of PHRASAL VERBS in English, Alexandr Litvinov and his colleagues offer ideas on how to understand and how to teach them. No more rote learning!

Finally, for PRONUNCIATION BUFFS Sawsan Askoul analyses why many speakers of Arabic confuse English /p/ (pin) and /b/ (bin) and explains techniques of analysis to resolve it and many other problems of mixed vowels and consonants. She also makes a passionate please for a stronger focus on pronunciation teaching in class.

With book reviews of Michael Byram on INTERCULTURAL CITIZENSHIP, former Sunday Times editor Harold Evans on the keys to GOOD WRITING and Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau on HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE FRENCH you have all the food you need for a festive Christmas and an intellectually stimulating New Year. Enjoy!

Communication for Mobile and Virtual Communication at Work (Comoviwo) is now complete.

Material to help your students communicate in the virtual workplace are now free and available at


To read more about the project click here: CoMoViWo

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