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Symposium – Language education in the (post-)digital era – lessons learnt from the pandemic

Embracing Linguistic Diversity
Teaching Languages

What did we learn during the enforced move to online teaching and learning during the pandemic? What skills did we develop? What worked well and what didn’t work so well? What might the future of digital/hybrid language education look like?

This one-day symposium will bring together staff working in HE language departments to reflect on the effect the pandemic has had on our digital skills and how we might capitalise on this in the future. The symposium will be held in person at the University of Leeds but we plan to record the presentations.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Mirjam Hauck – Senior Lecturer (German) – Associate Head for Internationalisation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics – The Open University

Title: EDI and social justice, language education for Critical Global Citizenship post-pandemic and beyond


Prof. Kate Borthwick – Professorial Fellow of Enterprise – University of Southampton

Title: TBC


Call for Papers

We invite proposals for individual papers or panels related to the theme of the symposium:

  • Individual papers are 20 minutes long (plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion) and can focus on research, practical case studies or evidence-informed reflections on the themes
  • Panels are 60 minutes and we are open to various formats (e. g. workshops, roundtable discussions, live demonstrations)

We are open to contributions focusing on various aspects of student education within the main theme of the symposium, such as (but not limited to) teaching and learning activities, assessment and feedback, residence abroad, student engagement and community building. We are looking into the possibility of putting together a post-event open-access publication with selected contributions.

Please submit your abstract (up to 300 words) by 12 noon on 6 March 2023 via this form.

For enquiries, please email the organisers:
Sascha Stollhans:
Rasha Soliman:

We are grateful to the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) and Language@Leeds for providing funding for this event.