The 2017 Colloquium was organised by Ms Marie Gastinel-Jones and was hosted by the Cardiff University School of Modern Languages. The keynote speaker was Professor Chris Pountain (Queen Mary University of London). Over 80 delegates attended the event as in previous years from across the four Universities. Topics discussed ranged from innovation in writing skills, new forms of assessment and developing key skills for graduates in the 21st century.
The event was held in conjunction with the Wales Festival of Innovation, in partnership with the Welsh Government and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
Chris Pountain was fascinating; a great choice. His talk was pitched at an engaging level for the audience. Some of us may be in danger of falling into precisely the trap he mentioned, of a lack of intellectual stimulus both for our students and ourselves, so it was nice to be stimulated intellectually. More of this in future colloquia please!
It was great that colleagues from Japanese and Portuguese presented, both for our awareness of the broad range of language programme options in our partner institutions, and to share time and experience with as wide a representation of colleagues as possible.
The opening comments were great; positive but balanced and open about the panorama for the ML sector.
I really liked the speakers coming down from the podium to stand or move around near the audience.