We’re delighted to announce that the 2022 Sir Robert Taylor Society Modern Languages Teachers’ Conference will be held on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September at St Anne’s College. This will be the first time in two years that the Conference is delivered in person, and we very much look forward to once again welcoming teachers to Oxford!

Report on the 2021 Conference

The 63rd Annual Conference of the Sir Robert Taylor Society
Microsoft Teams, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September 2021

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Sir Robert Taylor Society Conference was once again held online this year via Microsoft Teams, with two evenings of roundtable talks and guest speakers.

On Thursday 23 September, the theme for the evening was Modern Languages and Careers, during which a variety of topics were discussed, including:

  • Career paths of modern languages graduates
  • Employability and demand for modern language skills in the workplace
  • Transferable skills from modern language study
  • STEM pressure and the value of humanities subjects

Friday’s theme addressed the topic of Modern Languages and Diversity, with discussions on subjects such as:

  • Revisiting the canon: diversifying and decolonizing the curriculum in language, literature and film
  • Race, gender and sexuality as topics of study in language, literature and film courses
  • Racism, homophobia and other prejudice in literary texts and film
  • Diversity in the student body: widening participation in modern language courses

Across both events, 72 teachers signed up to attend the sessions, of whom 38 (52.8%) were from state schools and 21 (29.1%) from independent schools.

Despite the virtual format, participation from the delegates made for lively and compelling discussions on the crucial issues facing modern languages teaching and research highlighted above. That being said, we are very much looking forward to holding the 2022 Conference in person next year and welcoming both new and familiar faces (back) to Oxford!

You can read about other past conferences here. The SRTS would like to thank the Ferreras-Willetts family for their unfailing support of the society. Many thanks to Aidan Huxford for providing photographs.

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