Dr Sandra Salin

Blending grammar delivery in the School of Modern Languages using short videos and online exercises

A new approach to grammar teaching in SML replaced lectures with short explainer videos followed by exercises. Positive student feedback and high engagement with the model has resulted in the method continuing for academic year 21/22.

Dr Fred Wu

Speech Cloud for independent learning of MA Translation and Interpreting students

Dr Fred Wu developed Speech Cloud, a series a short video clips that allowed students to personalise their learning. He also made the most of Teams, Zoom and Canvas to successfully integrate learning materials.

The Language Resource Centre’s Online Tandem Board

In the past we had a physical tandem board in the Language Resource Centre, where students could come in and pin up a notice to say what languages they spoke and what languages they wanted to practice. With lockdown in March 2020 and no access to the physical centre, within a week we set up the online version of the tandem board to facilitate people being able to do language exchanges entirely remotely wherever they were.

Colleagues on Zoom call

Heroes of Portuguese – Year Abroad Support 2020

Conceição Pereira and Loiana Leal created a Canvas community with optional activities for students who should have been abroad as part of their degree in Portuguese.

Heroes of Portuguese was chosen as a title because Heroes is a confident word, heroes overachieve, go further, and unite.

Module Redevelopment

Face-to-face lectures were redeveloped to be delivered online while the seminars allow me to see the students every few weeks. This approach has helped during the pandemic and helped support students in their 2020/21 studies.

Speech Marking

Used a third-party programme called Sonocent Audio Note-taker, initially as a marking application for students, but soon started to use the programme with students so they could submit their work.

Italian Street

Newcastle Calls collaborative teaching project

Here’s how this Newcastle Calls project encouraged students to co-create their learning materials, make the most out of online learning tools and challenge the traditional language listening exercise along the way.

Okke Baumbach

Using short online learning programmes to help students transition between stages

Okke Baumbach introduced a short online course to help students transition from their year abroad into their final year. Incorporating a range of non synchronous activities helped ensure students could get the most from the course across different time zones.