This event took place on 16 March 2022 at 16:30 GMT. You can watch a recording of the event above. 

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About the webinar

Building cultural capital: Maximise the potential of Modern Foreign Languages. 

Hear from experts in the UK about innovative ways to build cultural capital, develop learner confidence and improve exam results in the languages classroom.

About the speakers

Dr Judith Rifeser
Judith is a languages teacher-researcher-filmmaker and a Lecturer in Education. She is the ALL  Deputy Honorary Membership Officer and a long-standing ALL London committee member. She leads on the PGCE Secondary Modern Languages Programme at Goldsmiths, University of London and also contributes to the MA module Teaching Language in Multilingual Contexts. Judith has held language teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University (USA) and the IoE (UCL). At the University of Roehampton, she taught on the BA/MA cultural studies programmes. Judith holds an MPhil with Distinction from the University of Cambridge where she specialised in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. Fluent in four languages, Judith has taught German, Spanish, Italian and EAL across the key stages in the UK, Italy, Spain and the USA. She was Head of KS5 German and school-wide Teaching and Learning CPD Facilitator. She has collaborated with institutions such as the BFI, Into Film and the Goethe Institut London to improve curriculum design and language pedagogy using film(making) and other authentic resources and to celebrate and nurture intercultural understanding. She is one of the Project Leads on the 2022 edition of the Critical Connections: Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project at Goldsmiths. Find her on Twitter at @rifjudy .

Gillian Campbell-Thow
Since being awarded Scottish Teacher of the Year 2014 for her work in the languages classroom, Gillian has continued to champion language learning and empower the educational community around her. She is the former Chair of the Scottish Association for Language Teaching (SALT) and is an Associate teaching fellow of Strathclyde University. Currently, she is Quality Improvement Officer for Glasgow City Council and strategic lead for Language Learning & Teaching and Gaelic Medium Education. Her key interests are equity in language learning and provision, intercultural competences, linguistic immersion and wearing tutus. Find her on Twitter at @SenoraCT (personal account) and @glasgowlangs (professional account).

Sophie Fichtel
Sophie has spent this academic year working across numerous comprehensive secondary schools in Glasgow as a German Language Assistant. This placement forms part of her studies in English and Spanish for Grammar and Comprehensive Schools at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. She first forayed into teaching through the Refugees Welcome initiative where after her first class providing tutoring and homework assistance, she was inspired to pursue the profession. She has taken a great interest in the materials and resources used in the languages classroom as well as the non-academic projects and the wider whole school activities such as LGBTQ+ awareness month. She plans to continue creating cross-cultural connections after her assistantship by including German as a Foreign Language into her studies.

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