Dr Sandra Salin
Lecturer in French


Dr Sandra Salin is a French native speaker with post graduate qualifications (including a PGD and PhD) in English, French Studies and French as a Foreign Language. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an External Examiner for French at the University of Bath, and a proposal and manuscript reviewer for the academic journal Labor History and Routledge Language Learning.

Dr Salin has worked as a French Lecturer in several universities in the UK, including Sheffield and Northumbria University. She joined the School of Modern Languages in 2000 and became a full-time Teaching Fellow in 2010. She currently teaches French on various language modules, including translation, interpreting and general language at stage 2 and 4. She is also the Director of the Year Abroad, the main editor of the SML French Newsletter French@Newcastle  (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/students/newsletters/), of the SML Year Abroad Newsletter and of the Year Abroad magazine Flying Solo. 

Dr Salin  is a member of: the HaSS Faculty Language Resource Centre Advisory Board; the HaSS Faculty Year Abroad Co-ordinators' Standing Committee; the SML Board of Studies; the SML Teaching and Learning Committee; the SML Advisory Board with Heads of sections; the SML Language Review Working Party; and the SML Language Teaching Steering Group. This year she has also joined the Faculty Futures Programme.

Her current interests include; Social history (19th-century France), Language learning and teaching; material and programme development; mixed and independent learning, students' engagement; the Year Abroad experience and Employability. She manages the French strand of The Real Translation Project (http://www.realtranslationproject.com/), an extra curricular activity that gives final year students the opportunity to translate documents for local, national and international NGOs, and have their work published. She also works occasionally as a volunteer or freelance translator as well as a language advisor.

Current Undergraduate Teaching (Semester 1)

TRI1111 - Interpreting Theory and Practice (Module Leader)

FRE2061 - French General Language (Module Leader)

FRE4061 - French General Language (Interpreting)

Current Projects:

1) Language learning and the community

In Spring 2015, Dr Sandra Salin was awarded funding thought the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal to offer local young people on vocational courses a unique opportunity to be introduced to the French language in order to enhance the value of language learning in an area of education where it is traditionally underestimated, and to develop these young people's awareness of the international dimension and potential of their trade. 

2) Preparation for placements abroad

In Spring 2014 Dr Salin was awarded funding through the Newcastle University Innovation Fund to lead a project entitled “Better French Living Through Independent Learning” that aims to narrow the gap existing between research-based content modules and Language modules and to develop specifically designed online resources to help Newcastle University students prepare for the time they will spend in a francophone country as part of their studies.