This pedagogical exchange and development day has been organised by the University of Lausanne Language Center and is intended for members of the Association of Swiss Higher Education Language Centers - SSH/CHES.
We invite participants to share ideas, experiences and research on the theme of student engagement in the context of tertiary-level language learning and communication.
The conference will take place at the University of Lausanne on 6th June 2020, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and will include the following:
- A Keynote speech, which will outline the theoretical framework of student engagement
- Workshops and a swap-shop in which participants will be introduced to and experiment with activities encouraging student engagement
- A presentation by students of a French specific-skills course, in which they discuss their engagement in a project of sustainable development
- A finger buffet will conclude the day's proceedings
Theme: Enhancing Student Engagement
Teachers’ professional profiles are evolving with today’s digitalisation and other rapid changes in society. Additional competences are required and practices need to be adjusted accordingly to face the new challenges in language and communication teaching and learning.
Encouraging student engagement is one such competence. It supports learners in optimizing the learning process by developing life-long learning as well as communication and language skills. It also has a positive effect on dropout rates.
Student engagement is viewed in the literature as being a complex concept. It is generally described as multidimensional, involving not only cognitive but also social, behavioural and affective aspects that are interdependent and mutually influential. (Philp & Duchesne, 2016)
What influence can teachers bring to bear in this domain? Following Zepke and Leach’s proposals for action (2010), the following questions will be explored during the symposium:
- How can we create meaningful and socially relevant tasks (e.g. collaborative project work), making students aware of the importance of interpersonal and intercultural skills in communication?
- How can we take into account the impact of emotions such as pleasure, satisfaction, anxiety and frustration on the learning process?
- How can we adapt to constant changes in learning environments and make use of new technology that adds value to the learning experience (e.g. gamification and flipping the classroom)?
- How can we foster student autonomy and self-confidence in the pursuit of personal goals?
We invite participants to share ideas and experiences on the topic of student engagement in the context of language learning.