Diana Cullell, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, has just spent a week at Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) as part of the Erasmus+ Mobility Scheme. During her time in Suzhou, Diana met with colleagues working in the Language Centre and in Internationalization, and she worked very closely with the team teaching Spanish language over there. Diana also taught on different modules offered by the Language Centre –which included sessions on Catalan culture; lectures focused on Federico García Lorca’s poetry; and Spanish Language classes for beginners and advanced students. Furthermore, she led a Professional Development session for all the staff of the Language Centre, focusing on enhancing language learning through cultural activities. This was a fantastic opportunity to share excellent teaching practice and teaching methods in modern languages, to discuss language teaching challenges in different contexts, to strengthen links between teaching staff in XJTLU and Liverpool, and to continue the productive relationship between the two institutions with many collaborative projects already in sight.
During her time in China, Diana also met many students from XJTLU who will be moving to the UK very soon to finish their studies at the University of Liverpool, and she is looking forward to seeing them in class again!
This was such a fantastic opportunity! The Erasmus+ Mobility Scheme allowed me to share teaching practices and different teaching methods with a team of exceptional language teachers in China. We have great collaborative projects for the near future, which will bring our student communities closer and enhance teaching and student experience in both institutions.