School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Terry King

SELCS and SSEES Outreach officer

After a long (and satisfying) career as a Senior Manager and teacher of English in secondary schools and FE, Terry has been working, since 2000, part-time in UCL, mainly in the field of outreach in the study of languages.

He has initiated the following projects.


In 2003 Terry began work on ATLAS, a website intended to motivate school students to study a new language at university. At present it embraces fifteen languages not usually taught in UK schools. During the Olympics and post-Olympics period this site was a platform for competitions for students in London schools to write, in a language that they were learning at school, a welcome to visitors for the Olympic Games. The work on ATLAS was consecutively funded by the CfBT, the LWWCETL, 'Routes into Languages, London', and the Sasakawa and Nuffield Foundations. Details are available on its website ATLAS.

ESRC funded research project

In 2004, a grant from the ESRC funded research on 'Factors influencing the recruitment of school students to university courses in the less widely taught languages. Details are available on the ESRC website.


In another project initiated by Terry, 'Onstream', funded by  'Links into Languages, London', teachers of Russian in three sectors, a university (UCL), a secondary school and three Saturday community schools in London, observed lessons and shared materials and ideas via a dedicated website. Details are available on the website Links Into Languages website


A continually developing outreach project, originally called 'CrossCall' provides real audiences for school pupils who are studying a foreign language by linking them on-line with undergraduates expert in that language.

A new version of the same idea, 'NearPeers', encourages and supports able language students from under-represented sectors in their first year of A level language study. Languages covered have been French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. As part of this current project, for the last two years, school groups have visited UCL for tasters in languages and for observation of language lessons, and groups of UCL teachers have been into schools to give tasters in Dutch, Finnish, Polish, Romanian and Russian.

Publications and presentations

  • Presentations for EUROCALL at Granada, (2008), Padua (2010), and Barcelona (2011).
On line publication
  • King,J.T. (2007) Factors Affecting Recruitment to Courses in the Less Widely Taught Languages
Journal publications
  • King, J.T. (2013) The “Onstream” Project; Collaboration between Higher Education Teachers of Russian and Teachers of Russian in Mainstream and Supplementary Schools In Ana Beaven, Ana Comas-Quinn and Barbara Sawhill (eds) Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom, 110-120. Dublin: Research-publishing.net.
  • King J.T. (2010) The CrossCall Project. In Sarah Guth and Francesca Helm (eds) Telecollaboration 2.0, 437-450. Bern: Peter Lang
  • King, J.T. (2005) Interest in the Less Widely Taught Languages Language Learning Journal, 31: 39-46
  • Hughes, J., King, J. T. and McAvinia, C. (2004) What Really Makes Students Like a Web Site? What are the Implications for Designing Web-based Language Learning Sites? ReCALL, 85-102, CUP
  • Hughes, J. & King, J.T. (2002) Virtual Departments for Minority Languages, VINE 126, DNER
Press and newsletter publications
  • King, J.T. (2003) A Taste of Languages at School, “HIGHER” issue 7. CILT
  • King, J.T. Oh for a Natter in Danish, THES., 31st August, 2001.