Learn by playing?

Upskilling linguistics and languages HE students with the aid of educational games

The fourth UPSKILLS multiplier event – 30 May 2023

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In this one-day multiplier event we present the 4th intellectual output of the UPSKILLS project, which focuses on the creation and implementation of educational games in tertiary education linguistics and language-related courses.

The first part of the programme will introduce the audience to the UPSKILLS project, and more specifically its initial needs analysis, its guidelines and best practices for research-based teaching and the learning materials that the consortium partners propose, whereas the second part will zoom in on the use of games within its remit. 


The event mainly targets educators, lecturers and curriculum designers, but students and other stakeholders interested in educational games and/or languages and linguistics are more than welcome to join. 


The aim of the UPSKILLS project is to identify and tackle the gaps in digital and research skills in existing higher education programmes of study and develop supporting teaching and learning materials, with the ultimate goal of better preparing linguistics and language students for today’s jobs in the language industry.


The event will take place on Tuesday, 30th of May 2023, between 9:30am and 3:45pm.


The event will take place at the Valletta campus of the University of Malta.  Online participation on Zoom is possible as well.  


The event is organised by the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology at the University of Malta, with technical support from CLARIN ERIC

Contact person at the University of Malta: Michela Vella (michela.vella.17@um.edu.mt)


This event will be hybrid, supporting both on-site and online attendance. Registration is FREE and will close on the 25th of May.
Participants who register to join the event virtually will receive the Zoom meeting link and instructions to join a few days before the event.



All times are CEST (UTC+2)

09:00 – 09:20 Opening by Hon. Chris Bonett, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds (followed by a brief introduction to UPSKILLS by the project leader, Stavros Assimakopoulos)
09:20 – 09:40 “Linking higher education with the industry” – Keynote by Prof. Lonneke van der Plas (IDIAP / University of Malta)
09:40 – 10:00 UPSKILLS IO1: “Language data and project specialist – from an UPSKILLS profile to classrooms across Europe” (Silvia Bernardini & Adriano Ferraresi, University of Bologna)
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 10:50 “Active-based learning in higher education” – Keynote by Prof. Sandro Caruana (Faculty of Education, University of Malta)
10:50 – 11:10 UPSKILLS IO2: “Integrating research and research infrastructures into teaching” (Marko Simonović, University of Graz & Iulianna van der Lek, CLARIN ERIC)
11:10 – 11:30 UPSKILLS IO3: “Adapting and developing learning materials” (Jelena Gledić, University of Belgrade)
11:30 – 11.50 UPSKILLS IO4: “UPSKILLS and educational games” (Stavros Assimakopoulos, University of Malta)
11.50 – 12.15 Q&A with the audience
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break
13.15 – 14.15 Guidelines and best practices for game-based learning (Vanessa Camilleri, University of Malta)
14:15 – 14:45 “Guess the language” – Using a game for theory-based learning (Margherita Pallottino & Genoveva Puskas, University of Geneva)
14:45 – 15.15 Coffee break
15:15 – 15.45 “TopLang” – Integrating learning and assessment in a gamified work simulation experience (Stavros Assimakopoulos, University of Malta)
15.45 – 16.15 “UPSKILLS and I” – An open discussion with the audience.