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Internship opportunity at the Kawa Training Center in Zanzibar

The Kawa Training Center in Zanzibar is offering a special opportunity for students to work at their fully certified and licensed vocational training center, supporting the team in setting up English language classes and teaching English as a foreign language. Volunteers should have a high level of English proficiency and should be willing to stay for about 3 months. Previous English teaching experience is appreciated.

Further information can be found here. Interested students are asked to contact Dr. Susanne Mohr at susanne.mohr[at]uni-bonn.de.

Welcome to our new M.A. students

The semester has started and we are welcoming another group of M.A. Applied Linguistics students. Since 2012, we have had Master's students from over 20 different countries on four continents, making our programme truly international.

We wish everyone a good and successful semester!

Workshop at the University of Bochum Writing Centre

The University of Bochum Writing Centre is organizing a one-day 20th anniversary conference on Friday, September 29th, where BAEL's Dr. Stefanie Pohle will lead a workshop titled "Nutzung von Weblogs in der (Fach-)Lehre." She will share her experience with various feedback processes from her LaMa blog project.

10th Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Cologne

On September 30th, 2017, MA students Sarah Lapacz and Inken Mays and Dr. Stefanie Pohle will give a talk entitled "Who am I, who should I be? -- Three perspectives on peer tutoring in writing: Student, tutor, teacher" at the 10th Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. The conference theme is "Out of Character? Enough is Enough: (Conflicts of) Role in Peer Tutoring" in Cologne.

Ethnologue Soon Available at the University of Bonn

The Ethnologue database will soon be available to students and staff of the University of Bonn. As of October, you will be able to browse and find out more about the languages of the world.

Past news and events

BAEL in Moscow

Pawel Sickinger went to The Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference in Moscow from September 9th-12th. He gave a presentation entitled, "Exploring the conceptual basis of multilingual language processing". He would like to thank the IAAK students and colleagues who provided the data he presented.

Academic Writing and Digital Media at elearn.nrw

On Friday, September 1st, 2017, BAEL staff member Stefanie Pohle and Daniel Spielmann of the University of Frankfurt a.M. led a session on "Blogs und ePortfolios: Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und digitale Medien in der Lehre" at the elearn.nrw conference in Essen.

New street name - RCEP

Don't get lost when looking for the RCEP! As of 1st August, the street will no longer be called Walter-Flex-Straße, but Genscherallee. The RCEP is still in the exact same spot, see the map here.

Research and Technology Workshop

Our annual Research Technology & Software Workshop, offered as part of our MA Applied Linguistics program, took place this past weekend. The participants learned about the advantages and drawbacks of 6 programs that can help with transcription, keylogging, qualitative data analysis, audiovisual recording and editing, and more. They were then given the chance to test these programs in a hands-on environment under the direction of Dr. Stefanie Pohle and 11 student experts.

New insights into (socio)linguistic aspects of African Englishes

Susanne Mohr has published two new articles: "Plural nouns in Tswana English" in World Englishes (early view) and, together with Dunlop Ochieng from the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the Open University of Tanzania, "Language usage in everyday life and in education: current attitudes towards English in Tanzania" in English Today. The former article is concerned with non-standard plurals as found in the Tswana-component of the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE). The latter paper is part of a collaborative project on contemporary language attitudes against the backdrop of the Education and Training Policy (Sera ya Elimu na Mafunzo) introduced in Tanzania in 2014.

BAEL at IprA in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IprA) will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland from July 16th-21st with two contributions from BAEL. Prof. Dr. Klaus P. Schneider will give a talk on "Re-thinking pragmatic variation: The case of service encounters from a modified variational pragmatics perspective." Friederike Sell, Katrin Renkwitz and Klaus P. Schneider will present their findings on "Using the functional and lexical levels of requests to measure pragmatic competence: The case of German school students in Canada." Click here to learn more about the conference.

Linguistics Elective at the GAT

Congratulations to the students from our partner school, the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT), who received certificates for completing an elective course on English linguistics! This course was the product of a year-long cooperation between BAEL and Dr. Marja Meinl of the GAT.

Applied Linguistics in the Helping Professions

Klagenfurt University's Professor Dr. Eva-Maria Graf gave a guest lecture on Friday, July 7th from 10am-12pm in Room B (1.003) on "Coaching, Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Doctor-Patient Interaction: Applied Linguistic Insights into Helping Professions."

Carole Chaski, Ph.D. on Plagiarism and Authorship

On Wednesday, July 5th, Carole Chaski, Ph.D. of George Washington University presented a guest lecture on "Plagiarism and authorship analysis, the modern state of the art in methodology: At the intersection of linguistics, law and economy."

Panel on Urbanized African Sociolinguistics at ECAS7

At the 7th European Conference on African Studies in Basel, Switzerland (June 29th-July 1st), Susanne Mohr and her colleague Helene Steigertahl from Bayreuth University organized a panel on "Urbanized African Sociolinguistics -- Questioning Research Foci" with participants from all over the world. Check out the program here.

English in Tanzania

On June 13th, Susanne Mohr and her colleague Dr. Dunlop Ochieng from the Open University of Tanzania gave a talk entitled "Contemporary use of and attitudes towards English in multilingual Tanzania" at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism in Limerick, Ireland.

Impoliteness at School

At the end of May, BAEL's Hanna Bruns & Pawel Sickinger returned to the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT) to conduct a final linguistics workshop, this time focusing on the topic of "impoliteness". This was part of a year-long BAEL outreach project in cooperation with Dr. Marja Meinl and her students.

LaMa presentation & coverage

After a very rewarding Dies Academicus presentation on the genesis of the LAnguage MAtters blog project, you can now download the slides on the blog's website (link below). On the same page you will also find links to coverage of the project in the spring edition of Forsch and on our cooperation school's website.

 LAMa in the media

BAELc6 - a great success

This year's BAEL conference is over, and organizing it was a truly exciting and rewarding experience. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this such a wonderful event. Have a look at the conference page for some impressions (including photos).

BAELc6 keynote and schedule

BAEL's sixth annual conference is just around the corner (taking place on May 12-13), and you can now see the conference schedule here. Also, the title for the keynote has been decided on: Jo Angouri will be talking about The politics of language: Negotiating boundaries at work.

BAEL conferences

BAEL talk at Dies Academicus

At this summer's Dies Academicus (17.05.2017), BAEL gave a talk titled "Why the study of LAnguage MAtters in school – ein Wissenschaftsblog bringt Schüler*innen und Studierende zusammen". Stefanie Pohle and Pawel Sickinger were joined by MA student Hanna Bruns and English teacher Timo Brede to present an outreach project centered on the LAnguage MAtters blog.

Download the poster for the talk

Stefanie Pohle was awarded Bonn Uni's e-teaching certificate

Stefanie Pohle is the first staff member ever to be awarded Bonn University's eTeaching certificate. The corresponding training comprised various workshops about topics such as webinars, e-assessment or copyright issues, all connected to the theme of connecting digital media and didactics. Her final project for the certificate is the blog "Language Matters".

(c) Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Integrating teaching and outreach

Connecting teaching in the MA Applied Linguistics with our outreach activities, Stefanie Pohle has designed an innovative project: The blog "Language Matters! – Exciting insights into the realm of Applied Linguistics", specifically created for this purpose. MA students write posts on linguistics topics covered in class and a group of high-school students at the Gymnasium zum Altenforst in Troisdorf (GAT) read these posts and ask questions about them. It's a win-win situation: Our students process the contents in additional ways, and the GAT students learn more about different linguistic fields.

Dr. Susanne Mohr is now a junior member of the AWK!

Congratulations to Susanne Mohr on the great honour of being admitted to the Junge Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste! The press release including information on the institution (in German) can be found here.

           (c) AWK NRW

More funding from Humboldt-Stiftung for ACiME

Our research project on Academic Communication in Multimedia Environment (ACiME), funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, has just been awarded a new grant from the foundation for the upcoming 1.5 years. The project is a Bulgarian-German cooperation and has been running since 2013.

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