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Studying languages in the times of COVID-19: reflections on the delivery of teaching and learning activities and the year abroad

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Publication date26/02/2021
Host publicationLanguages at work, competent multilinguals and the pedagogical challenges of COVID-19
EditorsAlessia Plutino, Elena Polisca
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9782490057832, 9782490057849
ISBN (Print)9782490057825
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This contribution reflects on some of the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced for languages in higher education. In particular, two areas are discussed: the delivery of teaching and learning activities, including assessments, and the year abroad. These two areas, on which the enforced move to online provision has had a significant impact, are central to many UK languages degrees. The piece discusses challenges, responses and unresolved issues. All in all, it aims to offer a positive view for the future of the sector by highlighting particularly the spirit of collegiality that has developed during the pandemic across different HE institutions and national organisations.