Researching ab-initio language learning: an update on useful sources

Ab-initio language learning is widespread in UK universities and is offered in a broad range of languages, including those languages which are available in school, such as French, German and Spanish. This is an update on my earlier post on 10 useful sources for researching ab-initio language learning at university.

Two papers from LLAS Language Futures: Languages in Higher Education Conference 2012 held at the University of Edinburgh in July 2012 are available on the conference web pages and represent new areas in ab-initio language learning research:

  • A case study: writing a Spanish dictionary as a collaborative task among beginner students (Nuria Lopez, Newcastle University)
  • Working towards theory: the accelerated ab-initio language learning experiences in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southampton (Julia Kelly, University of Southampton)