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

Wednesday 14 June 2023
Parkinson Building B.08

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: The world turned upside down: why the time is NOW to rethink how we approach language teaching and learning - should it be online and digital first (in-person second)?



Symposium Programme

Please download the provisional programme here.


The deadline for registration is 5th June 2023. Please note that this is an in-person event. To register for attendance please use 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.