Last week I attended the annual AULC conference, held in Belfast. It was a very inspiring and fun event! Here are some notes from the sessions I attended, plus My Conference Storify. Copies of all presentations can be accessed on the AULC 2017 website.
Keynote speech 1: Translation and Translation studies in the Foreign-Language Classroom (Professor David Johnston)
- there has been a rise in translation and translation studies related HE courses
- translation can be seen as a “fifth skill”, rather than as a learning method or tool
- if there is a lack of understanding people are more likely to fixate on specific meaning
- is there sucha thing as “culture shock”, or does thae assumption that it exists inhibit real experiences?
- it’s baout the life of the text, not necessarily the context
- translation as a “third place” between two languages = “no-place”
Session 1: Making the most of free online tools and technologies for language learning & teaching (Liza Zamboglou)
- student feedback suggests that there is a need for language practice outside the classroom
- online materials are great for supplementing classes and can cater for different learning styles and levels of ability
- students can develop IT and digital literacy skills
Session 2: Developing Co-curricular Language Learning Activities (Carolin Schneider & Melinda Whong)
Here’s my presentation, delivered together with a colleague. It was great to engage with colleagues and be able to share the good work we do in Leeds.
Keynote speech 2: Multilingual and Creative: Rethinking University Language Classrooms (Libor Štěpánek, Masaryk University LC)
- use your creativity!
- creativity requires fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration
- importance of decreasing the amount of success/fail situations to create a pro-creative environment
- importance of peer collaboration and student-generated materials
Session 4: Encouraging Students to Learn Deeply and Broadly (Daniela Standen & Ugo Marsili)
- engaging students through creation of websites to showcase learning
Keynote speech: Exploring Multilingualism and Identity: the benefits and challenges of a large interdisciplinary project (Professor Janice Carruthers)
- Open World Projects
Session 1: Providing languages for All and much more through digital media (Andrew Grenfell)
- using existing streamlining platform to create teaching and learning materials
- expansion across compus
- allowing added content, comments, downloads
Session 2: The Italian Digital Project (Patrizia Lavizani)
- encouraging students to develop IT and digital literacy skills while using language
- used for formative work