Fit for the job market? Teaching Transferable Skills to Future Language Experts


General Details

Date: Tuesday 5 July 2022
Time: from 10:15 to 17:00
Location: University of Graz and Online

This event is organised by the Erasmus + project UPSKILLS in collaboration with CLARIN ERIC.


The aim of the UPSKILLS project is to identify and tackle the gaps in digital and research skills in existing programmes of study and develop supporting teaching and learning materials, with the ultimate aim of better preparing linguistics and language students for today’s jobs in the language industry. The aim of this one-day multiplier event is to share best practices and guidelines for the collection and creation of learning content targeting transferable skills to be used in language-related courses. The target group primarily involves university teachers in language-related areas. The main objectives of this multiplier event is to inform the participants about and train them in using the resources generated within the project so far. We will also seize the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the participants.

How to Join

The event will take place at the University of Graz. Online participation on Webex is possible as well. Please register to be able to attend.


10:15 – 10:30 Opening + What is UPSKILLS? (Stavros Assimakopoulos, Uni Malta)
10:30 – 11:15 Talk by Prof. Barbara Hinger (Uni Graz)
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 11:45 O1: “Language data and project specialist – from an UPSKILLS profile to classrooms across Europe” (Maja Miličević Petrović, Uni Bologna)
11:45 – 12:00 IO2: “Integrating research and research infrastructures into teaching” (Marko Simonović, Uni Graz & Iulianna van der Lek, CLARIN ERIC)
12:00 – 12:15 IO3: “Adapting and developing learning materials” (Jelena Gledić, Uni Belgrade)
12:15 – 12:30 IO4: “UPSKILLS and educational games” (Stavros Assimakopoulos & Michela Vella, Uni Malta)
12.30 – 12.45 Feedback from the audience
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 14:30 The UPSKILLS pedagogical approach and projected output (i.e. How to incorporate UPSKILLS materials into your teaching (Jelena Gledić & Nađa Soldatić, Uni Belgrade)
14:30 – 14:45 UPSKILLS Students’ projects (Iulianna van der Lek, CLARIN ERIC & Tanja Samardžić, Uni Zurich)
14:45 – 15:15 Content block example 1:  Theory-based leaning (Genoveva Puskas & Margherita Pallottino, Uni Geneva)
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00 Content block example 2: Collecting data from human subjects (Tihana Kraš, Uni Rijeka & Marko Simonović, Uni Graz)
16:00– 16:15 Student project example (Ema Štarkl, Uni Ljubljana/Uni Graz)
16:15 – 17:00 “UPSKILLS and I. An open discussion”