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Dr Simon McKinnon

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43464
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: ER 234, Elvet Riverside II

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I teach modules in French language, translation and interpreting, and supervise undergraduate study abroad projects. I also teach and supervise projects on the Durham MA in Translation Studies. I have a number of School-level responsibilities, in particular, for study abroad and academic advising.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; I completed my undergraduate degree at Oxford before coming to Durham to study for an MA and PhD.

My research and scholarship activities focus on: language learning pedagogy; study abroad in the Modern Languages curriculum; the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; intercultural encounters in translation and translation history.

I am very much interested in the promotion of the French language and francophone culture in the UK as well as in encouraging study abroad. I play an active role in MLAC’s Outreach programme.

Selected Publications

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  • McKinnon, Simon (2019), Encouraging students to value what we value: shaping student learning abroad'. – 'Thinking Global: Year Abroad Conference 2019 (University of Leeds, UK).
  • McKinnon, Simon (2019), Showing language learners the way by explaining why: (inter-)cultural learning while abroad'. – 'UK LINGUA 2019 – Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium: Culture in the Language Classroom (Durham University, UK).
  • McKinnon, Simon (2019), Widening participation by improving employability prospects and confidence in the ability to succeed'. – 'Annual Cross-Sector Conference on New Perspectives on Language Teaching and Learning (University of Dundee, UK).
  • McKinnon, Simon (2017), The Transformative potential of engagement with scholarship'. – 'EuroSoTL 2017: Transforming patterns through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Lund University, Sweden).
  • McKinnon, Simon (2016), Teaching-focused academics and the scholarship of engagement'. – 'Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship 2016 (UCL, London).
  • McKinnon, Simon (2015), Bringing about a culture change: from gap year to year abroad'. – 'The Culture of Study Abroad for Second Languages Conference. St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • McKinnon, Simon & Johnson, Penelope (2014), From technophobe to technophile: getting students to see the benefits of electronic tools'. – 'DidTrad: Second International Conference on the Didactics of Translation (Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona, Spain).

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