Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, reflects on the importance of knowing yourself as a teacher and where that may be an advantage or a disadvantage.
Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, reflects on the useful and sometimes unexpected little ideas gained from additional feedback from different sources, even when one thinks things are going well.
Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, discusses some ways in which the different cultural and academic backgrounds of his students lead to different approaches, which may be at odds with the required approach in a session.
Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, discusses how he views he role as a guide leading students to see connections and through a path of concepts he wants them to explore, but to see this for themselves
Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, debates the balance of adding creative elements to teaching, whilst keeping an eye on the rationale and asking how much this helps student learning.
Dr Ainius Lasas, from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, discusses the balance between ones own personal style as a teacher, the specific learning goals you have for a course and the students preferences and what they want. Can you please everyone?
This 2014-15, international, cross-university, collaborative, student-led project promoted and enhanced the learning of foreign languages through multilingual and multicultural interviews and case studies using social media.
5 students from the University of Bath studying Spanish as a foreign language were put in contact with 5 students from the University of Mar del Plata studying English as a foreign language. They were given a set of guidelines to conduct the project together with topics related to their syllabus such as personal information, university life, cultural differences, etc. Each student was allocated a partner to work with. They carried out interviews and arranged online meetings. All communication was conducted in their respective target language. Students exchanged experiences, learnt about different academic and cultural life, built new relationships and developed their languages skills in a real context.
They presented their findings in a variety of forms ranging from class discussions, a short oral presentation or a written report. The project was supervised by their Spanish tutor at different point of its course. When it was finished all students taking part received a letter certifying their participation and conclusion of the project. Overall the project was highly successful on different levels and easily transferable to other languages or departments. (more…)
This 2014-15 project worked with students to develop a framework for supporting students in designing their own learning activities. Focussing on role play activities in a third year PoLIS unit (PL30548) as a test bed. The project began by upskilling the project leads through engaging in knowledge exchanges (conversations and workshop) with external academic experts in role play design. Following this a schedule and outline plan for the unit was developed and refined through peer review from our external expert.
During S1 (2015/16) third year students were supported in designing and developing their own role-play activities linked to the unit themes and assessment and ‘played out’ in seminar sessions. A generic framework for supporting students in producing these game like learning activities was developed through an iterative process of participative evaluation and redesign.
The student generated role play learning objects extended the course content and the evaluation shows that they were effective in leading to modalities of deeper learning. The student authored roles plays provided complex and in depth seminar tasks resulting in increased student engagement.
Overall the project increased the knowledge and capacity of academic staff for leading and designing role play activities to enhance student learning.
“It is the only module in 4 years that I have actually wanted to wake up for on a Monday morning! Thank you for such an innovative and engaging course! I really hope that next year’s students have the same opportunity :-)”
Dr Wali Aslam from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath discusses how and why he uses and combination of skype and twitter to engage his classes in conversations with students, academics, aid workers and journalists across the world.
In the next clip, Wali describes some of the lessons learnt in organising international conversations over skype for his classes, and some things to consider in advance.
This 2013-14 project supported a one-day languages event for local sixth form students. The students and teachers attended a lecture in the morning facilitated by an educational consultant. They learned about independent study, motivation, presentation skills and learning in a multi-cultural context. Afterwards students had a campus tour facilitated by Student Ambassadors in the target languages of the day (French, German and Spanish). This was followed by afternoon sessions in which they worked in groups on different topics that then they had to present in the foreign language. The afternoon sessions were facilitated by language staff (Emilie Poletto, Astrid Forsyth and José Carlos Cirera).
" I expect other departments could run similar one day workshops. My experience from this project is that giving schools direct exposure to the discipline in question, allowing students to “have a go”, to spend one day on campus, meet teachers, etc. can make a very big difference in terms of promoting the subject, dispelling myths and improving recruitment." (Dr Irene Macías) (more…)