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Innovative Language Teaching at University: Enhancing student performance

Friday 16 May 2014
Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds University Business School


Welcome and Introduction (Lecture Theatre)

Dr. Emma Marsden, Senior Lecturer at The University of York: How do learners perceive and process the input? Making grammar matter more.

Learning to learn in HE: an e-learning portfolio approach.
Innovative technology and its benefits on oral skills.
Iria Vázquez Mariño: Innovation in language learning through collaborative digital-tasks and “Internet-based Project work”.

Diana Mesa Torres, University of Sheffield: Can the use of e-submission, e-marking and e-feedback improve the teaching and learning experience?
Karine Mangion, Regents University London: Do not write a business plan…blog it!
Christian Mossmann, University of Exeter: “Upskilling” the curriculum: Enhancing students’ learning and employability in the oral language classroom.

Coffee break

Nadia Abdelaal, University of Manchester: Enhancing student performance using Sample Marking workshops: Engage your students in the assessing process.
Alison Nicholson & Alison Nader, University of Reading: Enhancing Student Motivation: An In-course Assessment Using Home Student to Erasmus Student Interviews.
Alison Fenner, University of Reading: Language Learning Advisor Scheme: Enabling students to take charge.

Alison Organ, York St John University: Language students’ perceptions of audio/video feedback.
Blended face-to-face Tandem learning with the traditional course in ab initio language degrees.
Ruth Taylor & Blair Matthews, University of Bristol: Engaging pre-arrival students through innovative technology.


Thomas Jochum-Critchley, University of York: Teaching Grammar goes MAD.
Developing oral skills outside the classroom: Voice Boards and Virtual Worlds.
Elisabeth Wielander, Aston University: Something to talk about: Integrating content and language in UK undergraduate education.

Dr Junko Winch, University of Southampton: A case study of Japanese language learning in multicultural learning environment.
This is where I study! A video project with German-language students.
Cinzia Bacilieri, University of York: The challenges of teaching an interdisciplinary specialist language module to History of Art students.

Coffee break

Ms Isabel Moros, Ms Maria Lafuente, Dr Isabel Santafé & Mr Richard Holding, University of Exeter: Using Moodle quizzes to assess our students’ reading and listening comprehension skills.
Ines Ruiz Navarro, University of Cambridge: Connectivism in the language class.
Esther López & Aina Mir Fons, University of Central Lancashire: How does the e-portfolio for language learning enhance employability skills?

Dr Anne Preston, Dr Ahmed Kharrufa, Dr Mei Lin & Zhuoran Kong University of Newcastle: Enhancing Language Learning around the digital tabletop: Do actions speak louder than words?
Dr Sandrine Alègre, University of Bath: The flipped classroom: sharing experience.

Dr. Marina Orsini-Jones, Associate Head of Department, The University of Coventry: Closing Key Note: Student engagement for global citizenship in a digital world.

Thank you so much for your attendance of #InnoConf14. We were delighted to welcome you all in Leeds and had a great day filled with excellent and very inspiring conference papers. So, thank you to all the wonderful speakers!

A special thank you once again to our two keynote speakers, Dr Emma Marsden and Dr Marina Orsini-Jones, whose opening and closing presentations helped to set the tone for the entire day and gave us all something to think about on our ways home/ later down in the pub.

Thank you all for your positive feedback on the day and we hope to see you all next year again for the Innovative Language Teaching at University Conference 2015 hosted by the University of Nottingham (!

We have also been approahed by the CercleS academic journal Language Learning in Higher Education, who are always interested in receiving unsolicited proposals of papers for submission to the journal at any time. Please have a look at the LLHE submission guidelines, if you’d like to turn your presentation into a publication. You can find information about CercleS at the following address:

Conference Organisers

Past Conferences

The Innovative language teaching conference hosted by Leeds is the fourth in a series of annual conferences.

Newcastle University (inaugural conference), 27 May 2011

University of Bristol, 25 May 2012

University of Manchester, 28 June 2013