Special Interest Groups

The Association currently has four Special Interest Groups (SIGS).

The intention is that these groups meet ‘virtually’, using JISCmail, and during AULC general meetings. It is expected that events organised by these interest groups will arrange talks and demonstrations to be held as part of the AULC general meetings. They will report back to the Executive Committee via their convenor. For further information please read:  Defining principles for a SIG and SIG meeting within the AULC.

Management

Convenor: Mark Critchley, Durham University (mark.critchley@durham.ac.uk)
JISCmail email list: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/aulc-management

About the Management and Teaching SIG

The group can meet “virtually” using the JISCmail email list: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/aulc-talk.

This is a sublist of the Association of University Language Centres and focuses on issues of language centre management and administration, teaching, language advising and research in a variety of learning environments (self-access, virtual or classroom).

Meetings will generally be held as parallel sessions during AULC AGMs. Extra meetings can be arranged as the group decides.

 

Objectives of the SIG

  1. To gather data on aspects of good practice in the areas of marketing, human resource management, customer care, resources, quality control, finance, facilities etc, with a view to providing an information service to members
  2. To encourage and promote good practice in language teaching, advising and learning
  3. To inform and apply research into teaching, advising and learning
  4. To share and disseminate information about events which are relevant to the context within which language centres operate

These objectives will be achieved through:

  1. Discussion and exploration of effective ways to exploit resources in a variety of learning environments (e.g. the self-access centre, the electronic environment, the classroom)
  2. Reflection on the professional roles which develop within an ever-changing language centre environment
  3. Interaction with other SIGs in the Association of University Language Centres
  4. Collaboration with existing professional organisations and projects
  5. The organisation of regular meetings and visits to colleagues at language centres

Teaching and learning

Convenor: Andrew Grenfell, Newcastle University (andrew.grenfell@newcastle.ac.uk)
JISCmail email list: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/aulc-tls

About the Teaching and Learning SIG

The group can meet “virtually” using the JISCmail email list: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/aulc-tls.

The aim of the SIG is to help members share and improve their knowledge of technical matters and language learning resources.

Meetings will generally be held as parallel sessions during AULC AGMs. Extra meetings can be arranged as the group decides.

 

Prime areas for this group

  1. Technical innovation
  2. Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  3. Broadcasting – radio, television, satellite – digital technology, etc.
  4. Language laboratories – analogue, digital and related technologies.
  5. Missed recordings – opportunities to obtain vital radio & TV recordings (Under ERA licence)
  6. Information about new products and technologies
  7. Copyright & licencing issues including negotiation with publishers
  8. Monitoring possible changes in legislation affecting television & radio recording
  9. Cataloguing and database methods and technologies
  10. Staff development

Useful resources

Professional development

Convenor: Chiara Cirillo, University of Reading (c.cirillo@reading.ac.uk)
Jiscmail email list:  https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/aulc-profdevelop

About the Professional development SIG

Objectives of the SIG:

1. To provide a forum for discussion on areas of professional development for teaching and learning support staff of AULC member institutions

2. To promote and exchange good practice in the area of professional development for teaching staff of AULC member institutions

3. To facilitate collaborative networks in the area of professional development among teaching and learning support staff of AULC member institutions

4. To raise the profile of teaching staff of AULC member institutions

5. To support the advancement of scholarly activity in the area of professional development for teaching and learning support staff of AULC member institutions

These objectives will be achieved through:

  • Collecting and sharing information about the profile of teaching and learning support staff, existing CPD activities taking place within AULC member institutions, and needs of members in these areas, through the UCML/AULC Survey and other tools
  • Promoting and facilitating reflection, discussion and sharing of good practice in the area of professional identity, professionalization and CPD for teaching and learning support staff within AULC member institutions, through on-line discussion groups or face-to-face (regional) meetings
  • Encouraging and facilitating sharing of resources and expertise in the area of CPD for teaching and learning support staff within AULC member institutions, through on-line repositories, face-to-face (regional) meetings and institutional visits
  • Encouraging and facilitating collaborative projects in the area of CPD for teaching and learning support staff within AULC member institutions, through identification and sharing of funding sources
  • Developing collaboration with other AULC SIGs, existing professional bodies and projects aimed at raising the profile of staff of AULC member institutions

 

Language for Specific Purposes

Convenor: David Tual, University of Cambridge (dhpt2@cam.ac.uk)
Language for Specific Purposes website