Supported by University of Leeds School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

and Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence

University of Leeds

Friday 13th September 2019

A successful day, over 30 presentations, nearly 100 attendees.
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YA Conference 2019

Selected presentations available here

Year Abroad Conference 2019: Thinking Global

In the era of Brexit, the benefits for students going on a language-based Year Abroad is more valuable than ever to boost language and cultural skills, resilience and employability in a globalising world. Yet ensuring YA success creates challenges for students and staff particularly in the current climate of uncertainty over the future of modern language degrees, access to Erasmus and global slowdown.

The second Year Abroad Conference, hosted at Leeds University on 13th September 2019, provides a platform for academic and professional staff involved in YA to come together to share their expertise, experience and practice in all aspects of the YA.

The day will include talks and workshops providing both practical and research-focused activities  (see call for papers below). Invited speakers, including Prof Ros Mitchell (University of Southampton), will offer specialist insights into student experiences during YA, and how to boost employability opportunities longer-term, preparing our students for new horizons in Europe and beyond.

Date: 13th September 2019, 9.45-4.30, at the University of Leeds

Venue: Liberty Building

Conference fees, including lunch and refreshments through the day:

£35 main rate

For details for calls for papers, registration – click here!

£25 local staff/speakers, students, and early bird (until 28th August inclusive)

Main contact: Clare Wright

Organising committee: Clare Wright, Juan Muñoz-López, Ying Peng, Kazuki Morimoto, Ruba Khamam, Melissa Schuessler

Call for papers: 20 minute individual talks or posters (deadline extended to 15th July, acceptance notified 12th August). Suggestions for workshops also welcome. Topics including but not restricted to:

Scope and aims of YA post-Brexit/post Erasmus

Employability and YA in Europe and beyond

Student voices and identities pre-post YA and beyond the degree

Perceptions, attitudes, motivations around YA

Student involvement in YA-related activities

Diversity and inclusion (LGBT, ethnicity, gender, class, disability, religion)

Support and risk-management for students during Year Abroad, especially mental health crises

Pre-YA preparation

Re-integrating returning students post-YA

Integrating incoming exchange students

Assessment including for non-European languages

The Smart YA 2.0 – how to harness new technologies (and old!) for student support, contact, assessment

NOTE – Presenters will be eligible to submit to a special issue (subject to sufficient number of submissions) of our university-hosted open access peer-reviewed journal The Language Scholar ISSN: 2398-8509,

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