Opening minds and hearts: globalising language learning

Language learners must be exposed to a wide variety of cultural experiences in their language learning journey if they are to be fully motivated. Exploring culture should not be a mere add-on but form an integral part of teaching through the use of rich, inclusive and diverse resources.

The speakers will take the participants on a whistle stop tour of such resources, which can open classroom doors onto the global French-speaking and Spanish-speaking world.


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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    Daniele Bourdais

    Danièle Bourdais is a UK-based award-winning and internationally recognised author, editor and consultant with extensive experience of publishing culturally rich materials in for the IB diploma, IGCSE and UK curriculum with most UK educational publisher and most recently Cambridge University Press. Her special focus is Francophonie. She tutors students at all levels internationally.

    Suzi Bewell is a well-known languages teacher and trainer. Until 2015, she ran the teacher-training courseat York University (UK) and currently works as a visiting lecturer at Leeds Trinity University. She has over 20 years’ experience of teaching French, Spanish and German, and more recently Mandarin in the UK and overseas. She also runs a successful educational consultancy ( supporting languages teachers worldwide to incorporate more TL culture into their lessons.



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