Enquiry-based learning in languages

Date: 26 September, 2008
Location: University of Manchester
Event type: Conference

Registration form | Payment form | Programme


To mark the occasion of the annual European Day for Languages on 26 September 2008, the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures (SLLC) at the University of Manchester, in partnership with the Subject Centre, will host a day long conference on one of the most innovative teaching and learning methodologies in languages in recent years. Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) has been growing steadily across all sectors as a way to enhance students' independent learning, encourage intellectual curiosity, develop valuable transferable skills and increase overall motivation. EBL firmly places learners at the centre of the learning experience engaging them in an active role, making them responsible for their own learning and, where applicable, for that of their fellow students.

The conference at Manchester envisages exploring the role of EBL in language learning and teaching, an area still quite new to EBL and which requires extensive investigation and research. In this respect, the University of Manchester's Centre for Excellence in Enquiry-Based Learning (CEEBL) has been supporting the introduction of EBL in several disciplines, and most recently, in languages (notably in French, Japanese, Spanish). With the support offered by CEEBL, Manchester finds itself at the forefront of EBL and ideally placed to host such a conference which will invite professionals to share experience and expertise thus enriching the theoretical and didactic background of EBL and languages. Publication of the conference papers and case-studies will follow as part of the overall aim to disseminate evidence of best practice through this mode of learning.

Area of studies proposed

  • The development of professional and transferable skills through EBL
  • Independent learning, the autonomy of the learner
  • The role of the facilitator/ language tutor
  • The place of EBL in the larger curriculum
  • Assessment issues, including the process and product debate
  • Inter-disciplinarity


Download: programme (Word doc, 53KB)

The notes from the closing roundtable discussion are now available to download (pdf 82KB).

A full report from the day is available to download (pdf 125KB).



Please complete the both forms and send together with the attendance fee (£20) to:

Dr Catherine Franc, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, M13 9PL