School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Sandra Salin

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

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 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, a Lecturer in 2015 and a Senior Lecturer in 2018. She currently teaches French on various undergraduate  modules, from first to final year. She is also the module leader of two French language modules and one cross-section final-year module. 

Her current interests include: Language learning and teaching; Language material and programme development; transition to HE; independent and reflective learning; students' engagement; mental health; intercultural competence and global citizenship.


Other roles and responsibilities for 2019-20:

School of Modern Languages:

  • TEF Coordinator
  • Degree Programme Director for TN92 (Semester 2)
  • PDR Reviewer
  • Manager of the Korea Foundation Summer School Programme in association with the Newcastle University Development Trust. This programme enables 5 students to go and spend 3 weeks in Korea to discover Korean language and culture (KFSSP) every year. 
  • French Language Coordinator (Semester 2)
  • Member of the Board of Studies (S2); Teaching and Learning Committee (S2); and Language Teaching Steering Group. 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Faculty Programme Liaison Officer for the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP)
  • Professional Standard Adviser for the HEA UKPSF CPD Scheme. 
  • Member of the Programme Approval Panel
  • Member of the UG External Examiner Review Panel

Newcastle University:

  • Member of the Cross-Faculty Education Committee 
  • Member of the Step Change: Mental Health Task and Finish Group

Teaching

2019-20 Teaching:

FRE1071 - French General Language, Stage 1 (Semester 2)

FRE2061 - French General Language, Stage 2 (Semester 2)

SML4003 - Communicating and Teaching Languages for Undergraduate Ambassadors, Stage 4


2019-20 Module Leadership:

FRE1071 - French General Language, Stage 1 (Semester 2)

FRE2061 - French General Language, Stage 2 (Semester 2)

SML4003 - Communicating and Teaching Languages for Undergraduate Ambassadors, Stage 4





Research

CURRENT PROJECTS:

1) Publication of the Year Abroad Conference 2018 (YAC2018) proceedings 

In 2018, I initiated and led the organisation of the first YAC Conference that was held in Newcastle on 15th September 2018. 65 delegates from 15 UK HE institutions attended. 10 articles based on papers presented at this conference will be published in a peer-reviewed volume in the Autumn 2019. This involves leading and collaborating with 10 contributors, 5 reviewers from Warwick, Leeds and Newcastle; as well as working with the publisher Research-Publishing.net.

2) Transition to Languages at Newcastle 

This year, as part of my sabbatical leave, I will be working on transition to HE, focusing on teaching and learning at A-Level and redesigning our Stage 1 French Language module to better integrate study and graduate skills into the curriculum.


CONFERENCES ORGANISED (LEADING ROLE):

The SML TLC Conference, Newcastle University, 20th June 2019. 

The YAC2018 Conference, Newcastle University, 14th September 2018. 


RECENT CONFERENCE PAPERS / WORKSHOPS AND POSTERS:

The Year Abroad Structure, administration and management, workshop run with Dr Damien Hall at the YAC2018 Conference, Newcastle University, 14th September 2018. 

▪ Female Tobacco Workers and Match Makers: a Case Study of Women's Representation and Trade Union Militancy in the French Chemical Industry, 1890-1914, paper presented at the Frauen in der Chemischen Industrie: Arbeit und Organisation Conference, Bochum, 10 October 2017.

▪  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, 19 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, 6 July 2012.

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

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

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, 29 March 2012.

▪  The impact of real translation group tasks on Language students' learning experience, paper presented at the Language Teaching and Learning Conference, Newcastle University, 27 May 2011. 


Publications