Reviews

A Review of the Language Learning and Teaching Conference: Developing Speaking Skills (University of Leeds, 15th September 2017) The development of speaking skills in a foreign language is for many learners the central focus of their language learning. It is also often linked to feelings of anxiety, fear and panic...

Duolingo is a web-based language programme that aims to teach languages through a sequence of online tasks.  As well as a web-based site there is an app available for Android, iOS and Window-based mobiles.   Its manifesto aims to allow access to free language education with no hidden fees, which is the case for the main site and the Duolingo app.  For English language learners, there are two further apps available that solely concentrate on English testing, both of which require a fee.

In this review, Patrizia Lavizani discusses two Italian language learning resources: Talk Italian 2 and Talk Italian Grammar.

Victoria Ucele (Vicky) is the Languages Adviser for Cardiff University’s Languages for All programme. Her background is in Journalism and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She spent almost ten years teaching English in other countries, and has been able to use the experience, skills and cultural knowledge she gained there in her current position. Here she writes about a series of talks on the future of language advising at UK universities, held by the University of Leeds in 2016. The event was led by Professor Mozzon-McPherson from the University of Hull, a lead player in the language advising arena since managing project SMILE (Strategies for Managing an Independent Learning Environment) in 1997. One of Hull’s five-strong team of Advisers, Vincenzo Alfano, accompanied her, and Leeds University’s expert in the field, Jadzia Terlecka, also played a key role.

With the English tagline "Portuguese has never sounded this easy", PortCast is a website dedicated to educational podcasts to complement Portuguese language learning. This review by Sofia Marthinho was made possible thanks to the generosity of Catarina Stichini who made all materials available free of charge.