The University of Kent hosts a biannual Modern Languages Teaching Forum. The next event will take place via a Zoom meeting (or other videoconferencing software TBA – link will be circulated to participants in due course) on Wednesday 27 May 2020 from 5 to 7 pm, and will be dedicated to “Distance Learning in Modern Languages”.

Over the past month or so, our classrooms have become virtual, our homes have become our offices and assessment has been delivered online. Socialising and meeting have taken on a completely different dimension. In these times it is all the more important that we continue to foster our bond and exchange through the Modern Languages Teaching Forum. The forum will thus be an opportunity to “meet” and discuss the new and unprecedented challenges that we are facing, to understand what we can learn from them, what of these new practices we will be able to port into our normal activities once they resume, and how we could move from emergency measures to an organised delivery of teaching should the current situation persist in the Autumn.

The format will be similar to the past: we invite short (10 minutes) contributions on the topic, followed by discussion. (Should social distancing measures be lifted by then, we will switch to a blended delivery: participants will be welcome to attend in person at the University of Kent but a Zoom link will also be generated so that people can participate remotely).

If you wish to deliver a paper, please send a short abstract (100-150 words) and a title to Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia ( by Friday 8 May at 5pm. If you wish to attend as part of the audience, please also email Dr Sforza Tarabochia to secure a place.

Further information on the forum, with materials from previous events, can be found at this website:

If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to subscribe to the Forum mailing list at

Finally, should you wish to be listed as a member of the forum ( please get in touch.

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