Unfortunately, Dr. Mozzon-McPherson is unable to attend the event due to illness. She sends her apologies.
Marina Mozzon-McPherson is Head of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Hull e Faculty. From 2007 to 2010 she has been an Associate Dean with responsibility for Reach Out for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
From September 1997 to September 2001 she successfully managed project SMILE (Strategies for Managing an Independent Learning Environment). This project was funded by a Higher Education Funding Scheme for the Development of Teaching and Learning and focused on the promotion and development of good practices in the implementation of independent learning environments (classroom, online and self-access). The project highlighted the need for systematic research in the area of learning communities and advising. Amongst its outcomes are:
- an online postgraduate qualification for language learning advisers;
- a book on issues of advising for language learning and the emerging role of advisers;
- and two accredited strategy-based learning modules.
In 2003 she was awarded a European Award for Languages for her innovative teaching of Italian on an Institution-Wide Language Programme. In 2007 she was awarded a second European Award for Languages for the development of an e-mentoring scheme for secondary schools linguists. In 2004 she was awarded the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship which was used to explore further the development of e- learning in languages as well as further research in the area of online learning communities and communities of practice.
She is currently the Director of the Routes into Languages Regional Consortium for Yorkshire and the Humber and was the Director of Links into Languages Regional Centre (Yorkshire and the Humber).Both projects focus on outreach activities aimed at increasing awareness of the strategic importance of modern languages. Whilst Routes into Languages focuses on students, Links into Language focused on teachers. Links into Languages is now finished and its legacy continues through a newly formed association, The Network for Languages.
Marina has published extensively in the field of autonomy and advising and her work has inspired and influenced the wider academic community. Amongst the benefits reported by the students taking the online postgraduate course are: ‘professional enhancement’, ‘a good example of how an e-learning programme should be run’, ‘an increased use of their self-access facilities’, ‘personal changes in attitudes towards teaching’, and ‘instigation of changes in institutional policies on integration and support of independent learning’. Her current research work is on communities of practice and learning communities and the analysis of advising skills and the use of language as a pedagogic tool.