Hillcroft LRC

Archive for August 2014

PoppyThe LRC team has keenly been recording the latest programmes from the World War I season on BBC 2 over the past few weeks. These include:

The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire

which explored the recruitment and deployment of soldiers from Africa, India and Asia by the British, French and Germans on the Western Front and throughout the empire.

Our Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students examine the role of women in the First World in the context of the fight for women’s right to vote. BBC 2’s broadcast of Kate Adie’s Women of World War One focused on how the suffragettes gave up their struggle for votes to work for the war effort.

Our students also look at the Raj and slave trade as part of their history programme. The opening of the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton will be a great supplement to their studies. The current exhibition is Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain running until 30 November with free entry. Plus you can explore their catalogue of resources online.

A 'stair' of booksThe Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction organisers ran a poll from May 2014 to find out which novel written by a woman had had the greatest influence on women readers. The readers who were surveyed were selected as being influential women themselves; ranging from Jennifer Saunders, Sandi Toksvig to Kate Mosse. Discover more about the women selected on the #ThisBook website.

They ran the poll using the hashtag #ThisBook on Twitter. Top of the list was the ever popular Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird and with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in second place followed by Jane Eyre by Chalotte Bronte.

Find out what else is on the list to start your summer reading on the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction’s #ThisBook Campaign page.

To link up with the top three we have two of these on DVD for loan through our library:

To Kill a Mocking Bird directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck and John Megna

Jane Eyre directed by Susanna White starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens

Our lucky Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students are set to read Jane Eyre this coming academic year 2014/15.

LLinoit Natural Remedies by Debbie Greenast week the Learning Resources team worked with tutors on the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Summer School. As well as signing up students to use the graded readers over their course the LRC Assistant used Linoit to get the students to research herbs and spices they might use in a recipe or as an alternative remedy as part of their course. As well as exploring words that described them they also discovered where and how they grew.

Linoit enables you to share photos and sticky notes for free. And you can download it onto a tablet, PC or smartphone.

Our LRC Assistant Debbie Green discovered Linoit at Martin Compton’s presentation Less Teaching and More Learning at Efactor 2014 It’s All About Learning and Teaching organised by RSC London. Having successfully used Blendspace with another one of courses Debbie decided to try out Linoit and linked it into the ESOL Summer School course page on the Virtual Learning Environment. Take a look at Debbie’s effort on her ESOL Natural Remedies 2 Linoit. You can see Debbie’s Blendspace one on our previous blogpost Through the Blender. The LRC team increasingly use etechnology and eresources to hone the Information Technology (IT) skills of students and staff.

For a taste of the graded readers the students borrowed during their Summer School view our catalogue search. You’ll find our graded readers begin at starter level and rise to level 6.