Year Abroad Conference 2019: Thinking Global (University of Leeds, 13th Sept 2019)

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

Conference fees, including lunch and refreshments through the day:

£35 main rate

£25 local staff/speakers, students, and early bird (until 20 August inclusive)

Main contact: Clare Wright

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

Call for papers: 20 minute individual talks or posters (deadline 1 July, acceptance notified 1 August).

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