Last week I went to Southampton, for the annual conference on Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University. It was another inspiring day, with a lot to learn and explore. I tweeted throughout the day, and here are some of my notes:
Opening keynote – European responses to the challenge of language learning; Professor Mike Kelly
- EU is all about “unity in diversity”, as core value
- language enables freedom of movement
- less than half of Europeans can hold a conversation in a 2nd language (Eurobarometer 2012 – any idea of more recent stats?) and in limited number of languages (Eurydice 2017 – usual suspects: English, French, German, Spanish)
- intercultural communication competence is sometimes seen cheaper than learning languages
- Language as transversal skill – connect language learning to literacy, support mobility, validate non-formal language competence
Valuing language skills – enabling students to articulate their value in an ever-changing work environment; Caroline Campbell
- Interesting to see what employers want, e.g. students going outside their comfort zone, reflective skills and ability to articulate their passions
- The story the student can tell matters! Can they link knowledge and what they are studying to their passions and interests?
- Employers undervalue language skills. Work to be done!
- Need to make students (and staff) aware of their skills – building their brand
- Full report available.
Engaging Educators as participants on an Online MOOC: Reflections on (co-)construction of knowledge and directions of communication; Mary Page
- MOOC: English as a Medium of Instruction for Academics
- Using a language for teaching means to treasure it – emphasis on use not teaching the language
- How do you transmit confidence to someone online/ at a distance? How to appear authentic at a distance?
- Issues with technical ability, retention, providing variety (vs. one size fits all), learner autonomy
- Social presence in online learning
Head in the clouds – innovating classroom practice using online file sharing for collaboration and feedback; Laura Richards
- Academic hospitality – support for everyone
- using online file sharing for collaboration and feedback – most people have access to technology
Repurposing VR Assets: from Health Sciences to Italian Language Learning; Billy Brick, Tiziana Cervi, Alessia Plutino
- mixed reality approach
- using something that was designed for Alzheimer’s research, training to build empathy through simulation
- makes sense to not start from scratch but re-use existing resources
- all that was needed: a new audio track
My presentation slides on providing opportunities for “internationalisation” on campus can be found on SlideShare: