Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium 2015 - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium 2015

Programme and Abstracts available here

Presenters’ powerpoints and posters available here

Associate Professor Una Cunningham and Jocelyn Howard

Associate Professor Una Cunningham and Jocelyn Howard


Using Technology: The Second Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium was hosted by the Teacher Learning and Innovations in Practice Research Hub at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health, and Human Development. Again this year it bought teachers, researchers, and students together to share their ongoing research and classroom practices in Learning and Teaching Languages, but this year there was a specific focus on the use of technology.

The symposium was held on Wednesday 21st October 2015 and was convened by Associate Professor Una Cunningham and Jocelyn Howard, assisted by Karyn Dunn.  We also acknowledge the sponsorship provided by Language Perfect and Professor Letitia Fickel on behalf of the TLIP hub for the afternoon tea.  

Language educators, researchers, and current doctoral students presented their work in presentation or poster form and there was a range of topics from blogs and podcasts to using smart phones and virtual environments.  Many of these posters and presentations are available via the links above.

The symposium was again attended by over 70 researchers and educators from across multiple institutions including primary, intermediate, and secondary schools; English language schools; CPIT; NMIT; BTI; community language initiatives; independent consultants; ILEP;  and the University of Canterbury.  The diversity of attendees reinforced the value of exchanging ideas and connecting with colleagues from various organisations and positions.


Feedback again from attendees is testimony to the timeliness of the Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium and places this firmly as an ongoing, annual event.

  • I very much appreciated this opportunity.
  • What a super symposium it was, even for those on the edge of CALL. Thank you very much for the opportunity to network and be in such a nice scholarly community.
  • It was a wonderful symposium.
  • I was so glad to have been in Christchurch by chance and be able to attend the symposium. I took away many ideas and a lot of inspiration. I was only sorry to have to leave early and miss the last two presenters.
  • I would like to thank you and your team for organising the 2nd Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium.  It was a real treat to be able to attend, and to listen to and learn from, such competent and interesting speakers.  There was something for everyone!  I liked the format - presentations were quick, there was a wide variety of subjects and presenters were knowledgeable about their particular subject.  I valued the opportunity to network during the beautiful afternoon tea.  Thank you again for all your hard work and for the opportunity to attend such a worthwhile afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium!

More Information

For more information contact Professor Letitia Fickel