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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Language Value

Call Deadline: 30-Oct-2013

Call Information:
Editor's Note: This is the second call for papers.

Language Value (ISSN 1989-7103) welcomes submissions of papers for our next issue:

Adapting to the CEFR in ELT: Evaluation and assessment of language competence

This issue will include original articles concerning different approaches to tackle the impact of CEFR in ELT. Special attention is paid to the evaluation and assessment of language competence in a higher education context. Proposals for contributions are welcome on the following topics:

-The relevance of developing a European framework for language evaluation
-The use and impact of evaluation and assessment results
-International assessment: comparing educational achievements across countries
-CEFR and placement tests in higher education
-Validity and reliability
-Online assessment
-Introduction of standards and assessing schemes in EAP and ESP
-Language assessment in the content subjects
-Assessment tools and assessment frameworks in higher education: general and context-based proposals
-Diagnostic feedback
-The role of multimodality in online assessment
-Research on formative and summative assessment on student learning and performance

Detailed proposals (500-1,000 words) for articles of c. 5,000-8,000 words, as well as any inquiries regarding the issue, should be sent by email to the journal address ( See the website of the journal for further information for authors (

This issue will also publish book and multimedia reviews relevant to its contents. Please contact the Editors if you wish to send a copy of a volume, refer to a website or other products to be reviewed in the journal.

The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2013, with delivery of completed articles by 30 October 2013. Authors will receive an email message acknowledging proposal reception in the following two weeks and will be notified about possible acceptance of the article in a maximum period of one month.