our words make worlds

Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds.

Language Acts and Worldmaking: Small Grants Scheme

Language Act and Worldmaking is delighted to announce a new Call for Proposals for our Small Grants Scheme. For this call, we would like to extend and expand upon the theme of Languages Memory, the title of our first conference to be held in Bush House, London, 13-14 June, 2018.

Language teachers in the 21st century: Perspectives and trajectories

The Diasporic Identities research strand of the project is excited to announce a collaboration with the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Research Network.

It Takes Two to Tandem: The Effect of E-Tandem Language Learning on Foreign Language Enjoyment, Foreign Language Anxiety and Learner Autonomy

Given many higher education institutions tend to show a rather low systemic autonomy (Tatzl, 2013), this project aims to mitigate barriers to learner autonomy by the implementation of an e-tandem scheme.

Language Acts and Worldmaking Debates: Interculturality and Creativity in Language Education

Languages Resource Centre (Room K-1.072, first basement), Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

Can language pedagogy adopt an approach to Intercultural Communication that privileges less functional agendas in favour of more creative ones?

A Professional Learning Partnership: Developing and enacting language teacher identities across borders


In this seminar, we will share our experience of exploring our identities as teachers, language professionals, and expatriates, who have crossed cultural, institutional and virtual borders.

A Workshop for Translators and Interpreters: Languages at Times of Crisis

King's College London

A two-day workshop for translators and interpreters which will use drama techniques and artistic practice to enable participants to explore and reflect upon aspects of their experience of working with languages in society today.

Languages Memory

Bush House, King's College London, London, WC2R 1ES

In our first conference, Languages Memory, we want to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. We will reflect upon the place of language learning and engage with the material and historical force of languages in the world. The programme is in development and will be available shortly and registration will be open in due course.

  1. Travelling Concepts

    Words in action

  2. Translation Acts

    Worldmaking on stage

  3. Digital Mediations

    Mapping multilingualism and digital culture

  4. Loaded Meanings

    New worlds for old words

  5. Diasporic Identities

    Teaching languages, mediating cultures

  6. Language Transitions

    Moving through languages