Supporting students’ learning outside the classroom: promoting independence and autonomy in LLAS disciplines

Date: 27 May, 2010
Location: Leeds Metropolitan University, Rose Bowl
Event type: Conference

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This conference will focus on promoting students’ learning outside the classroom in languages, linguistics and area studies.


  • There is a charge of £50 for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions to attend this event.
  • There is a charge of £70 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the fee of £30 if you do not notify us at least 48 hours beforehand that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Student bursary

We will be offering five student bursaries to Masters and PhD students for this event.

Travel bursary

A travel bursary is available for this event.

Provisional programme for 27 May 2010
Time Session Parallel Session
9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-10.55 Introduction:
Angela Gallagher, LLAS
Dr Barbara Sinclair, University of Nottingham
11.00-11.30 The individual and social role of learner autonomy: the student ambassadors' case study
Dr Marina Mozzon-McPherson, Director of Routes into Languages, Yorkshire and The Humber, University of Hull
11.30 Coffee available
11.40-12.35 Session A: Motivating students and personalising their learning experience
Autonomous Learning Portfolio in Spanish: Personalised learning and motivation in a regulated learning environment, Antonio Martínez-Arboleda, University of Leeds

Enterprise-related language teaching Saadia Gamir, Leeds Metropolitan University

Session B: Developing language skills
Developing students’ skills through online resources, Dr Mark Ogden, Christine Bohlander and David Tual, University of Durham

Motivating students to develop their academic writing using interactive, web-based technology, Adela Bond, Mara Fuertes- Gutiérrez and Juana Jonson, Leeds Metropolitan University

12.40-13.35 Session C: Transition to University
Managing language learning at university: bridging the gap, Judy Jowers and Miranda van Rossum, University of Hull

Getting ready for university with the VLE, Vicky Wright, University of Southampton

Session D: Residence Abroad
Experience and autonomy in working abroad, Dr Joanna Price, Liverpool John Moores University

Lead a horse to water…..and see it drink! Promoting cultural and linguistic engagements during the year abroad, Juan Muñoz López, Wolfgange Keinhorst and Janet Poveda, Leeds Metropolitan University

13.35-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.25 Session E: Learning strategies
Promoting independent learning though the use of the VLE, Dr Honor Aldred and Dr Maria Chiara La Sala, University of Leeds

A language learner proficient in self-study is an effective learner, Daniela Burroni, Leeds Metropolitan University

Session F: Film and Culture
Promoting autonomous learning through film, Dr Rhian Davies, University of Sheffield

Building students’ independent research skills in modern languages – case studies at the University of Leeds, Dr Matthew Treherne, University of Leeds

15.25 Coffee available
15.30-16.25 Session G: Promoting oral skills through informal learning
Enhancing students’ experience at Intervals Language Café, Dr Simon McKinnon, David Tual and Laetitia Vedrenne, Durham University

EuroFone: Connecting language learners to promote independent learning and peer support, Dr Jane Shelton and Graham Webb, Leeds Metropolitan University

Session H: Supporting students’ learning through outreach activities

The role of e-mentoring in students’ skills development, Dr Ian McCall, Routes South, University of Southampton

The interpreting skills map and its impact on our students, Tamara Bloom, National Network for Interpreting, University of Leeds

16.30 Close