photographConference Report: Innovative teaching and learning at university

Enhancing the learning experience of Modern Languages students

Location: School of Modern Languages, Old Library Building, Research Beehive 2.21
Time/Date: 27th May 2011, 09:00 - 18:00

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To celebrate 100 years of language teaching in Newcastle, the School of Modern Languages organised an exciting conference: ‘Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing the learning experience of Modern Languages students’. This one-day event took place on Friday 27th May 2011. The conference hosted 16 papers from language teaching practitioners based in UK universities (Bristol, Coventry, Durham, Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan, Manchester, The Open University) and focussed on themes such as learner autonomy, student motivation, assessment and feedback.

Morning papers – Download list of abstracts here

Keynote lecture 1:
Dr María Fernández-Toro, The Open University, Feedback in new learning environments. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Parallel papers:

Enquiry Based learning in French at the University of Manchester, Annie Morton & Catherine Franc, University of Manchester. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

The Period Abroad E-Portfolio, Janet Poveda, Juan Muñoz-López, Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez & Wolfgang Keinhorst, Leeds Metropolitan University. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Enhancing students’ academic writing skills through a wiki, Adela Bond & Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez, Leeds Metropolitan University. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

“Wiki-mania”: Enhancing student collaborative writing and peer assessment using a Wiki, Hélène Duranton, University of Bristol. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Global simulation in language courses for specific purposes, David Tual, Durham University. Listen to audio recording / Link to Prezi animation

Interactive Oral Assessment Project, Annie Eardley, The Open university. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

The impact of real translation group tasks on the Learning experience of language students, Sandra Salin, Angela Uribe de Kellett, Newcastle University. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Afternoon papers – Download list of abstracts here 

Keynote lecture 2:
Dr Marina Mozzon-McPherson, University of Hull, Dialogue as a pedagogic tool: Training language teachers and students to the skills of active listening and self-reflection. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Parallel Papers:

The Spanish Language Autonomous Learning Portfolio at the University of Leeds, Antonio Martínez-Arboleda, University of Leeds. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Enhancing the acquisition of key language skills through e-learning based monitored independent study, Annie Morton & Catherine Franc, University of Manchester. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Every teacher a language teacher: the design of an interactive self-learning resource for the primary school teacher, Sandra Torres, University of Manchester. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Enhancing PG students’ foreign language reading skills for research by way of online modules, David Tual, & Christine Bohlander, Durham University. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

The benefits of video feedback technology, Bettina Hermoso Gomez, University of Leeds. Listen to audio recording / Link to Prezi animation

Engaging language students in the feedback process: is audio-feedback the way forward?, Elena Polisca, University of Manchester. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

The use of blogs for corrective feedback on formative work, Christine Bohlander & David Tual, Durham University. Listen to audio recording / Download the notes

Altering the Gap: students’ self-evaluation and feedback, Yuka Oeda, University of Leeds. Download the notes.

Maps and travel information can be found on the central University website - or take a virtual stroll through the Languages Resource Centre on the ground floor of the Old Library Building (access is via the University Quadrangle). For further information about the conference, please email franck.michel@ncl.ac.uk

Cf. the full programme and the poster. For the poster, 15 Newcastle University students volunteered to talk about their passion for languages and their experiences as Modern Languages students.

Published: 3rd May 2012