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

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 ( and Ms Marta F Suarez (, at the Manchester Metropolitan University. For more details of this project, see

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

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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).


If you encounter problems with the registration link or want to inquire about spaces after the registration deadline has passed, please contact us at or

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.

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:
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 ( Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested. If you have any questions please contact: Many thanks.

Best wishes,
Maria & Thomas

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French Film Seminar Talk with Yannik Ruault – 22 March – Manchester Metropolitan University

Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Manchester Metropolitan University

French Cinema Seminar

         FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2019

10:00 -11:00 Geoffrey Manton 225

All welcome


A Talk by French Filmmaker Yannik Ruault

To be or not to be an independent filmmaker, followed by an introduction to “organic motion

Yannik Ruault will share aspects of his personal experience of filmmaking in France discussing his first short film shown in the Festival de Cannes (Short Film Corner) and his first feature film Abrahadabra, (French Film Festival UK Discovery 2017

He will discuss independent film production in France and will introduce the original technique of “Organic Motion” experimented in his films. The talk, delivered in English, will be illustrated with films extracts and will be followed by a Q and A in English or in French. The film will be screened at the Alliance Française de Manchester, at 6.30. For information, contact Isabelle Vanderschelden

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CFP closes 20 January! – International Conference on “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy”. Information and how to submit your 250-words abstract below:

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The Scope of Film Policies: Film Literacy, Creativeness and Film Heritage

Manchester Metropolitan University, 28th November 2018, 5:30 pm, Geoffrey Manton, Lecture Theatre 3. Book here 

Dr Susana de la Sierra

Films are a key element of contemporary cultures and have a great potential to frame political, social and economic discourse. Public intervention in the film industry has long existed and it has pursued a wide variety of goals, some of them controversial such as cinema being used as propaganda. The European approach of public institutions to the film industry has been guided by the notion of cultural diversity, in order to foster a European industry distinct – if not opposed – to the Hollywood business. This lecture explores how European countries have set specific bodies to deal with this issue, what type of public policies have been established and how these policies have evolved over time. Further, it also addresses the question concerning the network of European Film Institutes (EFADs) and its function as a lobby in the negotiations with the European Commission, mainly in the framework of public aids and, in particular, the so-called “Cinema Communication”.

Susana de la Sierra, LL.M. (Bayreuth, Germany), Ph.D. (EUI, Florence) is Public Law Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo, Spain) and has worked widely on culture and films, the media, administrative justice and comparative law as a method of European integration. She was the leader of the Spanish team in the MEDIADEM project, funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems). Between 2012 and 2014 she was Director General of the Spanish Film Institute and therefore member of the network of European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) and of the Conferenceof Iberoamerican Film Authorities (CACI). In 2016 she joined the Spanish Supreme Court as law clerk.

This lecture was made possible by the award of a Visiting Professorship to the University of Kent by the Leverhulme Trust.

Organisers: Dr Carmen Herrero, director of FLAME (Film, Languages and Media in Education), from Manchester Metropolitan University ( and Dr Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, from the University of Kent (

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French GCSE Study Morning: Belle et Sebastien: L’aventure continue

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00pm at HOME

Introduction, screening and language activities. Lead by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden. This study morning will look at relevant themes in relation to France, including childhood, family, rurl France, regions and historical background.

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Spanish A2 Study Day: Volver

Tuesday 20th November 2018, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm at HOME (2 Tony Wilson Place M15 4FN)

Introduction to the film, interactive session and screening with Dr Carmen Herrero. This A2 study session will examine the key themes of family relationships, traditions, urban vs rural culture, women in Spain, genre and characterisation.

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A2 Study Days: Volver (Spanish, 20th Nov) and Les Cowboys (French, 21st Nov)

Come and join us for these Study Days at the fantastic HOME centre!

Spanish A2 Study DayVolver (Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)

 Tue 20 November 2018, 10:30 – 15:00

Volver 2

This A2 study session will include an introduction to Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver, examining the key themes of family relationships, traditions, urban and rural culture, women in Spain, genre and characterisation. After the screening, Carmen Herrero will present an interactive study session during which students will discuss the content of the film, ask questions and complete A2 Level language exercises.



French A2 Study Day: Les Cowboys (Dir. Thomas Bidegain, 2015)

Wednesday 21 November 2018,  10:30-15:00

Isabelle Vanderschelden will introduce the film, the director and the actors in French, providing information on the social context of the period – the 1990s, and the genres referenced (political drama, road movie etc.). A few short exercises will provide the key-vocabulary for the film screening.Les cowboys

After the film, students will work in groups on a series of language exercises in French focusing on the film’s main characters, plot development and themes. We will explore the main themes of the film which include religion; migration; terrorism and political reaction to radicalisation. One objective will be to show how film helps to enhance the intercultural awareness of language students.


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Language and Identity: Explorations through Film (OWRI Cross-Language Dynamics)

Come and joins us at this event!

As part of our joint collaboration with the University of Manchester for the AHRC OWRI funded project “Cross-Language Dynamics”, FLAME is excited to announce this film festival. Showcasing four films from former students at the University of Manchester, this event is of interest to any person interested in language, identity and/or the short documentary genre.

When: 10th November 2018, 2pm

Where: Former Cornerhouse (70 Oxford Street)

If you are a secondary education teacher, you might also be interested in joining us during the morning for an INSET on Using video games in the MFL language classroom (see link), from 10:30am until 1:30pm, with practical resources and suggestions (refreshments included).


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