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.