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The Language Learning Unit (LLU) is the most visible face of internationalisation at Keele University.
Language is inseparable from communication. Sadly, not many of us now learn a language in order to decipher ancient texts. In academic life it is all too easy to overlook how we can apply and practice what we learn outside the university. Academic success is clearly important, but by communicating to others what we have learned, not only in the classroom but through sharing our own experiences in “the real world”, we can also be the voice of internationalisation and even experience a sense of enjoyment in the process.

So, whether you are brushing up on your English for academic study, studying for a qualification to teach English, learning a modern foreign language or just interested in language and communication, we hope that this Blog will provide interesting posts and food for thought.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Spring is in the Air


I walked into my office on a grey, damp morning to be greeted by a daffodil in flower. This really did brighten up the day and helped me to remember that spring will come!

A group of students from the  Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japan have just arrived for a three-week visit. Their arrival has reminded me of the clear division of seasons in Japan and how each one is announced and celebrated by the appearance of a particular flower of leaf.

Here at Keele, as one rainy day merges into another and global warming is front page news, the sight of a single flower is a joy to behold.



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