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From Idea to Action: 3rd UC Learning & Teaching Languages Symposium


From Idea to Action: The Third 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. Yet again it bought teachers, researchers, and students together to share their ongoing research and classroom practices in Learning and Teaching Languages.

The symposium was held on Wednesday 19th October 2016 and was convened by Associate Professor Una Cunningham and Jocelyn Howard, assisted by Karyn Dunn.  We also acknowledge the sponsorship provided by Professor Letitia Fickel on behalf of the Teacher Learning and Innovations in Practice Research 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 the use of social media to raise the visibility of language programmes, the importance of supporting language use beyond the classroom, promoting higher order thinking skills and creative writing, through to even using dance in the classroom.  Most of these posters and presentations are available via the links below.

The symposium was again attended by around 70 educators and researchers from across multiple institutions including primary, intermediate, and secondary schools; independent consultants; various English language schools; CLANZ; Ara; Lincoln University, The University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury.  The diversity of attendees reinforced the value of exchanging ideas and connecting with colleagues from various organisations and positions.


We were fortunate enough to have Dr Constanza Tolosa from The University of Auckland as our Keynote speaker.  She spoke on Language teaching pedagogies in digital times: From practices to principles (and back).  Her talk drew on data from a two-year project where a research team worked with a group of teachers to investigate each other’s pedagogical practices when using digital technologies. Working together as a collective enabled them to examine how technology contributed to, constrained, and enabled an evolving set of pedagogical principles that seemed to underpin their practices. She shared those principles and their reflections on the way this process can help us all to better understand our own pedagogies in relation to the integration of digital technologies in school and university settings.
A link to a video of her presentation can be found here, as well links to her powerpoint, and relevant references.

New Product Development Presentations

We thank Ksehik Gnevsheva from FluentScientific for sharing her presentation about their product, FluentIQ, which will show learners which parts of their English speech needs the most improvement, give them a study plan that enables them to focus their learning on those areas, and track their improvement through regular assessments.

Although Scott Cardwell from ImmerseMe was unable to join us in person, he certainly made up for it by sending us a short 3600 video clip from Amsterdam – he is currently filming in 10 countries for content for their soon to be released virtual reality language learning product where the learner will step into an authentic, interactive location to learn a language.  You can also see more about this on a recent TVNZ news item. We hope to see more on this product at next year’s symposium.


Author(s) Name(s)


Title of Presentation

Fiona Bamford and Susan Johnson

Lincoln High School

Our journey and experiences of 120 minute language lessons with both junior and senior students

Kerstin Dofs


Autonomous language learning and Moodle at Ara Institute of Canterbury

Linda Edwards and Glenys Bagnall


Using Web 2.0 tools with Japanese teachers

Victoria Escaip


Dance in the L2 classroom

Juliet Fry


Exploring the academic vocabulary knowledge of students in NZ secondary schools

Stefanie Hossbach and Fiona Hartland

St Margaret's College

Flipped learning: What? Why? How?

Masa Ogino


Raising the visibility of language programmes: Collaborative project with enhancement by social media

Regan Stokes

Hagley College

Whakamahi: The importance of teaching language use as well as language acquisition

Daryl Streat

Lincoln University

Taking the lead: A call for change in the support of international students

Marie-Eve Therrien

St Margaret's College

Promoting high order thinking skills and creative writing in a foreign language


Author(s) Name(s)


Title of Poster

Una Cunningham


Learning and Teaching Languages Research Lab

Sara Farshad-Nia


CALL in New Zealand ESOL Context: Access, Applications and Integrations

Jocelyn Howard, Masa Ogino, Rachel Payne, and Karyn Dunn


Students’ motivations for language learning and what this might mean for teachers

S. M. Akramul Kabir


Listen up! Status of listening in English language learning in Bangladesh

Thinh Le


The effects of the online summer course

Shaista Rashid


Language of instruction and the digital divide in Pakistan


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.

  • Your Symposium is unique in bringing together such a diverse group interested in teaching and learning languages.
  • The symposium was really interesting and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet other language teachers
  • It was great to meet other people working in the same field
  • I enjoyed swapping a few new ideas and hearing about what others are doing in their classrooms

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Learning and Teaching Languages Symposium!