FLAME Newsletter Spring 2019


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DEADLINE 1ST CALL CLOSES THIS SUNDAY! CFP Transmedia and Language Pedagogy Conference, Manchester 27-28 June

Conference: “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy International Conference”

Manchester Metropolitan University

27-28 June 2019

Call for Papers: deadline 20 January 2019

The Manchester Metropolitan University announces its “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language PedagogyInternational Conference”, which will bring together international researchers in all areas of Modern Languages, Pedagogy and Transmedia.

This conference is being convened by the Manchester Metropolitan University and supported by the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) project entitled ‘Cross-language dynamics: reshaping community’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

This is an inter-disciplinary conference and papers are welcomed from a wide variety of disciplines and practices areas. Some topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Video Games in Language Education
  • Translingual and Transmedia Education
  • Media Education and Intermediality
  • Film and Visual Arts in Language Education
  • Digital Literacy and Language Education
  • Transculturality and Media in Education
  • Transmedia Practices in Higher and Secondary Education

The conference invites scholars and experts to contribute to the discussions on these areas. Submissions from postgraduate students and early career researchers are particularly welcome. We invite submissions for three types of presentation:

  • Individual papers: Oral presentations on original research by one or more authors.
  • Full panels: Three thematically connected papers on original research by several authors.
  • Posters: A0-size academic posters, which will be displayed during a dedicated poster session. A digital version of the poster must be sent via email 72 hours prior to the conference and submitted physically to the registration desk on the morning of the conference.

All papers consist of a 20-minute presentation by the author(s), with an extra 10-minute slot allocated for discussion at the end. Proposals for papers should include an abstract under 350 words and a bio of no more than 100 words. Panel proposals should combine the abstracts and bios of speakers in one document, and should also include a short rationale and panel title. Poster proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a 100-words speaker bio. All proposals should be submitted to the organisers at conference@transmediaineducation.com.

The deadline for proposals is 20 January 2019. Accepted papers will be notified by 15 February 2019. Selected papers will be invited to submit for a peer-reviewed volume.

For more information on the conference, please contact Dr Carmen Herrero (c.herrero@mmu.ac.uk) and Ms Marta F Suarez (m.suarez@mmu.ac.uk), at the Manchester Metropolitan University. For more details of this project, see http://transmediaineducation.com.

Registration fees: £150 | Concessionary rate (postgraduates): £80

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MATSDA (Materials Development Association) + University of Liverpool Conference: Using Language Teaching Materials. Programme out now

The MATSDA/University of Liverpool 2019 Conference

Using Language Learning Materials: Theory and Practice

June 15th-16th, 2019

Foresight Centre, 1 Brownlow Street, University of Liverpool,

Liverpool L69 3G

Saturday 15th June

Sunday 16th June

Fees (one/two days):

  • Students (£50/£85)
  • MATSDA members (£80/£130)
  • non-members (£95/£155)

To become a member, contact Siv Sears at membership@matsda.org or join online: http://www.matsda.org/join.

Registration: matsda2019.eventbrite.co.uk (queries to Filomena.Saltao@liverpool.ac.uk)

Downloadable programme:

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Beyond Babel Multilingual Film Festival – 14th and 15th May

There are still places for the screenings this next week! Free tickets!

Book your tickets to the next events in this series below:

Double Screening: Unity and Community (short film) and No Cow on the Ice

Introduced by Carmen Herrero (with a short video presentation by the director) (Swedish, Galician, English, Spanish)

Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Tickets: Free – Available on Eventbrite

La Fille de Keltoum (dir. Mehdi Charef / Year: 2001 / Runtime: 106 minutes)

Introduced by Isabelle Vanderschleden (French, Arabic)

Date: Tuesday 14th May 2019

Tickets: Free – Available on Eventbrite

osted by the Film, Languages and Media in Education (FLAME) Research Group

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019 – Tuesday 14th May 2019

Time: 6pm – 8.30pm

Location: All at Geoffrey Manton Building apart from Julia Ist which is at the Cervantes Institute

Tickets: Free – All available on Eventbrite. See links below.

Alluding to the Bible story of The Tower of Babel and the curse of diversity of tongues, Beyond Babel is a film festival that aims to celebrate multilingual life, showcase a wide range of films, share discussions on film aesthetics, and broaden the visibility of multilingual communities on screen. Planned by the FLAME research group at Manchester Metropolitan University, the 5th edition of Beyond Babel remains true to its core values: embrace the beauty of multilingualism; showcase transnational film productions from different regions of the world; curate multilingual films which connect with the personal, the local, and the global and can open conversation across cultures. This year’s programme will bring together four afternoons of screenings (7, 8, 14 and 15 May), with film introductions and Q&A sessions. It explores a wide range of themes: cultural differences, multilingualism, homeland, education, gender and sexuality, global citizenship, mobility, immigration, integration and identity. The festival aims to engage, inspire, connect and celebrate the culturally diverse communities of Manchester.

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NATESOL CONFERENCE 2019 18th May Manchester

Developing English Language Teaching: Materials, Affect and Technology

Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall St, Manchester, M15 6GX https://venues.mmu.ac.uk/venues/brooks-building/

Plenary speakers:

  • Martin Lamb, (University of Leeds) – The impact of online use of English on motivation to learn in class.
  • Sophia Mavridi, (De Montfort University International College, IATEFL LTSIG Co-ordinator) – Literacies and emerging digital divides: mind the gap.
  • Hitomi Masuhara, (University of Liverpool, MATSDA) – We feel therefore we learn – Affective engagement and effective language learning

The 2019 NATESOL conference brings together three themes which are of central importance to any EFL teacher’s practice: teaching materials, the affective aspects of teaching and learning, and learning technology.

Presentations on materials focus upon the design, delivery, and evaluation of EFL teaching materials for specific contexts. Presenters in this strand discuss the use of corpus research to inform EAP material design; the integration of critical thinking skills in materials design; the development of content-based teaching materials for specific subjects; and how teachers can be supported in the delivery of more challenging materials.

Affect considers those elements of teaching and learning which are beyond the cognitive. The affective aspects of teaching and learning discussed by presenters include teacher identity and affect in the teaching of pronunciation; reducing stress through the use of learning technology; fun in the foreign language class; and the role of laughter.

Presentations on learning technologies discuss the role of technology in supporting learners’ fluency and communication; the use of an online platform for testing and supporting writing; flipping the classroom; and teacher and learner resistance to technology.
We hope to see you there!

Registration/fees (including coffees & mid-day lunch) Students, volunteers and concessions £25 Members and speakers £50 Non-members £60 Exhibitors £95
Car parking available on campus (contact organiser in advance).

Please register in advance at jtnicolson@hotmail.co.uk

See also the NATESOL website at http://www.natesol.org Follow us on Twitter: @NATESOL_Tweet

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FREE Training Workshop / INSET for Language Teachers (Using Short Films in the Classroom), 23th May, Liverpool

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FREE training workshop for language teachers: “Using short films in the language classroom”, (open to all languages but exercises and examples will include Spanish and French as case studies)

Thursday 23May 2019  1:30 – 3:30 pmHugh Baird College (South Sefton Campus, Liverpool) 

We are organising a training session primarily for the MFL teachers of Spanish and French as part of the North West Languages Hub. The event is free but we need to have a clear idea in advance of numbers and language.

The topic of the training is “Using short films in the language classroom”, and it aims to provide teaching resources, tools and approaches for the use of audiovisual content in language teaching. 

The event can be used as an INSET and it is organised in collaboration with Hugh Baird College as part of the Film Hub and is sponsored by the AHRC OWRI (Arts and Humanities Research Council – Open World Research Initiative). 

Certificates of attendance will be provided after the workshop.

We would be very grateful if you could consider attending this training as part of your personal development programme  and confirm your attendance no later than on the 15th of May by sending your name , school , language and email address to  C.Herrero@mmu.ac.uk or FLAME@mmu.ac.uk    (if you are head of MLF or adm. staff please forward this email to relevant staff).


Using short films in the language classroom – INSET for MFL: Spanish or French language teachers and other languages welcome

By the end of the training, you will have the information and materials needed to organise a short film reviewing mini-competition in the FL with your year 9 or year 10 students (the aim is to engage them with the language learning process in different ways (visual literacy, critical skills) as they consider if they want to continue with their language for and after GCSE). The materials could also be easily adapted to other years or tailored to more specific existing teaching sequences if needed.

Hugh Baird College, South Sefton Campus, Sterrix Lane, Liverpool L30 2DB

23 May 2019 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Free, but booking required.

Organised by FLAME (Film, Language and Media in Education) at the Manchester Metropolitan University. In collaboration with Hugh Baird College. With the sponsorship of AHRI OWRI Community Languages.

If you require more information contact: Dr Carmen Herrero – C.Herrero@mmu.ac.uk or Dr Isabelle vanderschelden i.vanderschelden@mmu.ac.uk

 Best wishes

Carmen Herrero and Isabelle Vanderschelden

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International Conference Transmedia, Manchester 27-28 June – The programme is here!

Here at FLAME are excited to share with you the last version of the schedule for the International Conference “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy”. Have a look!

We have a selection of papers on learning platforms, film, audiovisual translation, storytelling, digital literacy, social media, apps, augmented reality, participatory arts, and memory. The keynotes will engage with e-literature and war within the context of digital literacies and storytelling. There will be a networking session and two workshops on the use of video games and short films in the language classroom. Our dinner will be held at El Rincón de Rafa, a typical Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of the city of Manchester, and we will also hold a closing event and drinks reception at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester. Come and join us!

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/FLAMEConferenceRegistration

Registration will close on Sunday 23rd of June, 2019

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Three forthcoming FLAME Seminars (7th – 14th May 2019)

How can we introduce culture and critical thinking in the classroom? Exploring the use of multimodal texts in a master course

María Martínez Lirola- University of Alicante and Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of South Africa

Date: Tuesday 7th May, 2 pm – 3 pm. Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, LT4

The multimodal nature of present societies makes clear that teaching
with authentic multimodal texts can contribute to bring different
cultural realities into the classroom. In this sense, it was decided to use
texts published by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in order to
teach visual grammar (Kress and van Leeuwen, 2006) in a master
These texts were also selected because they are appropriate to
teach cultural aspects, and the reality of poor countries; they also allow
the acquisition of interpersonal competencies. This paper will point out
that teaching students to be critical with the discourse produced by
NGOs is essential in order to unveil relationships of domination and
power because discourse is always a powerful tool used to reproduce
social reality

Dr Martínez Girola delivering a training course in Equatorial Guinea, March 2014. (c) Univesidad de Alicante (https://web.ua.es/en/memoria13-14/vr-relaciones-internacionales/cooperation-al-develop.html)

RKE Languages Seminar Series. Languages, cultures and film.

Thursday 9th May, 4 pm – 6:30 pm. Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, LT5


4 pm – 4:30 pm – Dr Idoya Puig and Dr Karl McLaughlin, MMU – Approaches to teaching Spanish Golden Age texts in the 21st century Teaching the Old through the New

4:30 pm -5 pm – Dr Nicoletta DiCiolla, MMU – Writing the voice of “the other”: European writers narrating migrant care workers

5:00 pm– 5:30 pm – Dr Carmen Herrero and Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden, MMU – Training language teachers to use short films in the language classroom: innovation and challenges

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm – Break

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm – Dr María Martínez Lirola University of Alicante and Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of South Africa (UNISA) – The relationship between genre and theory and the improvement of students’ literacy: practical examples

An exploration of the representation of migrant women in a sample from the Spanish press

María Martínez Lirola- University of Alicante and Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of South Africa

Date: Monday 13th May, 4pm – 5 pm. Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, LT4

Abstract: The number of women who have immigrated to Spain in
order to find a better life has increased in the last years. However, very
few pieces of news pay attention to the reasons why they emigrate. A
corpus of 30 pieces of news related to immigrant women was collected
from February 2012 to December 2014 from the digital version of the
main Spanish newspapers: El País, El Mundo and ABC. The main
hypotheses in this research are the following: immigrant women are
not very visible in the Spanish press; they are represented mainly as
vulnerable and victims and they are normally connected to social
problems. In order to confirm or to deny the said hypothesis, this paper
used critical discourse analysis, including visual grammar, to analyse
the main topics of the pieces of news dealing with migrant women and
the main linguistic and visual characteristics used to describe them.

Biodata: María Martínez Lirola is a Senior Lecturer of the Department
of English at the University of Alicante, Spain and Research Fellow at
the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her main areas of research are
Critical Discourse Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics and
Applied Linguistics.

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Symposium on Transmedia Theory and Practice this Friday – Registration closes tonight!

Join us this Friday at our symposium on Transmedia!

Please register before Wednesday night (23:59h). If you have any issue with the link or if you would like to join after this date, send an email to M.Suarez@mmu.ac.uk or FLAME@mmu.ac.uk.

Symposium on Transmedia Theory and Practice in (Language) Learning and Teaching

26th April 2019 – 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

Fee: £10-£15. Includes refreshments and lunch. With the support of AHRC OWRI Cross Language Dynamics.

Event details: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/artshumanities/events/detail/index.php?id=10005

Registration: https://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/short-courses/flame/symposium/symposium-transmedia-theory-and-practice-in-language-learning-and-teaching


  • Dr Paul Wake and Dr San Illinworth (Talking a good game: Using games to teach English as a foreign language)
  • Liz Cable (The “locked box” and other stories: using escape games for learning and assessment)
  • Professor Nicola Whitton (The Great Escape: Learning through Collaborative Game Design)
  • Paul Spence (Bridges and chasms: on the relationship between (modern foreign) languages and the digital humanities)

If you cannot attend this event but are interested in Transmedia for Language Teaching and Learning, we have an upcoming conference on the 27th and 28th of June. Registration is open here:  https://www.kxregistration.mmu.ac.uk/Registration/Welcome.aspx?e=BC5FEB74C430BAD1A80EBE1A454DF00C (short link: https://tinyurl.com/y4bgpsef) The draft programme is attached.

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6th of April 2019, 10:30 – 16:00

Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School

Room: Business School MMU (3.21/3.22)

This event is organised by the Research Group FLAME and TROPO UK, with the support of the AHRC (OWRI Cross-language dynamics) and the Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA).

Registration: https://tropouk.weebly.com/events.html

If you encounter problems with the registration link or want to inquire about spaces after the registration deadline has passed, please contact us at flame@mmu.ac.uk or M.Suarez@mmu.ac.uk

Programme of the day:

10:15-10:30       Registration

10:30-11:30       Welcome and Introduction: Approaches for using short film in the language classroom

11:30-11.45       Break

11:45-12:45     Using short films to teach culture and intercultural competence                

12:45-13: 45      Lunch and networking

13:45-14:40     Practical session: a guided language-specific workshop for designing materials

14:40-14:50       Break

14:50-5:50     Practical session: How to develop creative language exercises with short films

15:50-16:00       Conclusion and feedback

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Workshop registration (by today): Using film in the language classroom: how to engage and motivate avid media ‘prosumers’ @York 19 March 2019. Deadline today 13 March

On behalf of the Language Teaching Forum. http://languageteachingforum.org

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder for the upcoming workshop of the Language Teaching Forum @ York. The registration deadline is today. Details below:

Using film in the language classroom: how to engage and motivate avid media “prosumers”
Dr. Carmen Herrero,  Director of the research group Film, Languages and Media in Education (FLAME), Manchester Metropolitan University
Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 1-3pm
Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

1:00 – 1:15   Registration and Coffee
1:15 – 1:25   Welcome and Introduction
1:25 – 2:50   Talk and discussion led by Dr. Carmen Herrero
2:50 – 3:00   Closing remarks and feedback

Free admission. Refreshments provided. Please register by Wednesday, 13 March 2019 using this registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/g8841ZN5M0joIZqx2
Further details of the workshop and a preview of future workshops, as well as video recordings, PowerPoints and handouts from previous workshops are available on the forum’s website (www.languageteachingforum.org). Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested. If you have any questions please contact: language-teaching-forum@york.ac.uk. Many thanks.

Best wishes,
Maria & Thomas

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