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The January 2013 event

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We were grateful to SOAS for providing a great venue for our annual January event and we delighted that so many people were still able to come along, despite the snow and disruption to travel services.

Thanks to Joe Dale for taking photos of the event which can be found on his Flickr account here.



Many thanks to Rodney Mantle who wrote the following report on the ALL London January Event.


All London Branch January Event

SOAS, London, 19 January 2013

 “At this event I was looking for help with running a Swahili workshop in Tanzania and materials on water use in various languages – and I found both,” a delegate said. Where except ALL events could this combination be available?  In the exhibition, participants surrounded the stands: Routes into Languages, EU Representation in London, Mary Glasgow Publications, Vocabulary Express, Maison Claire Fontaine and Arsenal Double Club: the spacious SOAS venue could accommodate everybody.

Heavy snow prevented three presenters from coming, but delegates were not deterred: about 60 attended (including encouraging numbers of PGCE students), plus 12 committee members.

Chair Helen Myers was on a school trip in France but greeted us in a uniquely Helen-style video.

Routes into Languages ( was introduced by Renata Albuquerque: through “ambassadors”, mentors and many other means, this group of 12 universities tries to encourage young people to develop an enthusiasm for languages.

Those delegates without iPods or iPads disappointed the next speaker, Joe Dale ([email protected]; Twitter: @joedale; presentation:, but his dazzling presentation (“Keeping your learners ‘appy”) of what can be done with apps (not all free) may well have converted the unbelievers. Aware of the dangers of an “embarras de richesses”, Joe included a slide of the most useful “Killer apps”.  The “iPad responsibility rubric” listing rules for student use made a good transition to the next presentation.

“Active Language Learning” by Juliet Park ([email protected]; Twitter: @julietdpark) started by listing Ofsted requirements, but potential yawns rapidly gave way to rapt attention as numerous inspired, but down-to-earth, ideas for using IT in European languages at secondary levels cascaded from the screen. Her videos of “interpretative dancing” elicited lengthy laughter. After such a display of IT competence it was a relief to learn she had recently damaged her Apple by spilling water on it and then used a hair dryer to dry the water quickly, only to make the damage worse!

The long morning was rounded off for the many trainees present by a session by Nick Mair: “Job Application Clinic for PGCE Students”, including an unvarnished account of the realities of the demonstration lesson.