School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Sandra Salin

Lecturer in French Language, Translation and Interpreting

Background

Introduction

Dr Sandra Salin is a French native speaker with post graduate qualifications (including PGD and PhD) in English, French Studies and French as a Foreign Language. She holds a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also an External Examiner for French at the University of Bath and a proposal and manuscript reviewer for the academic journal Labor History, Routledge Language Learning, Cahiers de l'AFLS and Comparative and International Education.

Dr Salin has worked as a French Lecturer in several universities in the UK, including Sheffield and Northumbria University. She joined Newcastle University School of Modern Languages in 2000, became a full-time Teaching Fellow in 2010 and a Lecturer in 2015. She currently teaches French on various language, translation and interpreting modules, from Stage 1 to PG level.

Dr Salin is the Director of the Year Abroad, the main editor of the SML French Newsletter French@Newcastle (SML Newsletters); the SML Year Abroad Newsletter and the Year Abroad Magazine Flying Solo (Flying Solo).

She manages the French strand of The Real Translation Project (RTP), 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.

She also manages the Korea Foundation Summer School Programme in association with the Newcastle University Development Trust. This programme enables students to go and spend 3 weeks in Korea to discover Korean language and culture (KFSSP).

Dr Salin  is a member of: University Placements Forum; HaSS Faculty programme approval panels; HaSS Faculty Language Resource Centre Advisory Board; HaSS Faculty Year Abroad Co-ordinators' Standing Committee; SML Heads of Sections Committee; SML Board of Studies; SML PEC Committee; SML Teaching and Learning Committee;  and SML Language Teaching Steering Group. 

She is a HaSS Faculty Programme Liaison Officer for the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) and a HaSS Professional Standard Adviser for the HEA UKPSF CPD Scheme. 

Her current interests include; Social history (19th-century France; women's studies), Language learning and teaching; material and programme development; independent and reflective learning; students' engagement; the Year Abroad experience and intercultural competence.

 

Teaching

2016-17 Teaching:

TRI1111 - Interpreting Theory and Practice I (TRI1111)

FRE2061 - French General Language (FRE2061)

FRE4061 - French General Language (Interpreting - FRE4061 )


2016-17 Module Leadership:

TRI1111 - Interpreting Theory and Practice I (TRI1111)

FRE2061 - French General Language (FRE2061)

SML3004 - Year Abroad e-Portfolio (SML3004)

SML3006 - Study Abroad (SML3006)

SML 3007/3008 - Year Abroad Work Placement Report (SML3007; SML3008)


Supervision:

MA dissertations and projects in Translation Studies as part of SML8016 (Translation Project) and SML8098 (Dissertation).



Research

CURRENT PROJECTS:

1) Year Abroad assessment

In June 2015, Dr Salin was awarded funding through the Newcastle University Innovation Fund to manage a project entitled “Studying Abroad and Beyond". The aims of this project is to develop a new, experience- and research-based Year Abroad module that will assess the benefits of the YA in terms of employability, independent learning and personal development.

2) Language learning and the community

In Spring 2015, Dr 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. 

3) 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. 

 

RECENT CONFERENCE PAPERS AND POSTERS:

"Writing on Women in Trade Unions in France (1890-1914)", paper presented at the Cross Disciplines, An Exploration of the intersectionality of biography, transnationalism, gender, and Labour Conference, Newcastle University, 20 September 2017.

"Using Skype to enhance language, intercultural and employability skills", paper presented at the Language Learning and Teaching Conference: Developing Speaking Skills, Leeds, 15 September 2017.  

▪ "Redefining the role of the personal tutor: Using the e-portfolio as a reflective tool to support student individual learning and development during the Year Abroad", paper presented at the Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University Conference (InnoConf17):“Integrating informal learning into formal language education”, Milton Keynes, 16 June 2017.

▪ "The Better French Living Project: How to integrate linguistic, practical and cultural Year Abroad preparation outside the classroom", paper presented at the Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University Conference (InnoConf17):“Integrating informal learning into formal language education”, Milton Keynes, 16 June 2017.

"The Better French Living Project", poster presented at Newcastle University Learning and Teaching Conference, 14 March 2016.

“Better French Living Through Independent Learning”, paper presented at the LLAS Conference “Reshaping Languages in HE”, Southampton, 10 July 2014.

▪ “Better French Living through the Internet and Linguistics”, paper presented at the Newcastle University Learning and Teaching Conference, 18 June 2014.

▪ “Language Students as Partners”, poster presented at the North East Universities (3 Rivers Consortium) Annual Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, Newcastle University, 19th March 2013.

▪ “The Real translation project: The impact of real translation group tasks on Language students’ learning experience”, paper presented at the LLAS 2012 Conference,University of Edinburgh, 6th July 2012.

www.llas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/nodes/6672/Salin_kellett_2012.pptx

▪ “Internationalising Language Teaching and Learning with the help of the Erasmus Community”, paper presented at the LLAS 2012 Conference,University of Edinburgh, 5th July 2012.

https://www.llas.ac.uk/LanguageFutures2012

“Professional ethics in the School of Modern Languages: Translating and Interpreting”, paper presented at Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Newcastle University, 4th July 2012.

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/quilt/resources/excellence/learningandteachingconference2012.htm

“Internationalising Language Learning and Teaching with the help of the Erasmus Community to Increase Employability – Results of a Pilot Study”, paper presented at North East Universities Annual Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University, 29th March 2012.

http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/academic.office/SessionAbstracts.docx

▪ “The impact of real translation group tasks on Language students’ learning experience (1)”, paper presented at the Language Teaching and Learning Conference, Newcastle University, 27th May 2011. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/about/events/item/Language-Teaching









 

 

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