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Research Projects 

Here is a selection of some of the current research projects in the School of Languages and Social Sciences.


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CITISPYCE

Launched in January 2013, CITISPYCE is a 3 year collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Research and Development programme for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Coordinated by Aston University in Birmingham, UK, CITISPYCE involves a total of 13 partner organisations from 10 countries across the EU including stakeholders from civil society experienced in policy-making and delivery and an interdisciplinary team of academic researchers. Click here to find out more. 

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The Aston Corpus of West Midlands English (ACWME)

ACWME is part of the West Midlands English: Speech and Society project. The corpus is comprised of sound recordings of locally based performances  -  comedy, drama, poetry,  song  and story telling - and related interviews with performers, members of the audience and local and national celebrities associated with the region. The recordings were made between 2009 and 2012.


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Investigating NEST schemes around the world: supporting NEST/NNEST collaborative practices

Despite a strong focus in recent years on the value of NNESTs (non-native English speaking teachers) and the essential contribution they make to language learning, many governments still seek out and employ NESTs (native English speaking teachers) to participate in learning and teaching in state schools, colleges and universities throughout the world. This project brings together an international team of partners to investigate NEST schemes around the world.   Outputs include an audit document which will give details about the schemes, training resources to support both teachers and teacher trainers and a preliminary report.

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Project Tempus 

This 3-year project focuses on improving the learning and teaching of European languages in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan (PCs).  There are 11 project partners, four from Russia, two from Uzbekistan, two from Ukraine and one each from the UK, France and Germany. The central activity is the development of a blended master’s programme for current and prospective teachers of European languages (English, French and German), which will introduce innovative learner-centred methodologies, tuned to EU standards but with a close eye on the needs of the local context where appropriate. 

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