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Multilingualism and Language Learning: Linguistic practices and attitudes of university students learning languages in Europe and beyond

The research project forms part of a large–scale research initiative ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’, an AHRC-Funded OWRI Programme, based at the University of Manchester.

Languages Memory Conference: Video and Audio

In our first conference, Languages Memory, which ran from 13-14 June, we wanted to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised, taught and researched. Video and audio recordings of the conference sessions are now up on our website.

Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts - Call for papers

Scientific Studies Association (ILEM), as a partner of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project, calls for papers for the international conference Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts to be held on November 15-16, 2018, hosted by Istanbul Medeniyet University.

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.

Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture, Wednesday 13th December 2017

Peter Burke will compare and contrast two diasporas of intellectuals, Protestant refugees in the 17th century and Jewish refugees in the 20th, and their contributions to the cultures of the host countries.

V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions ‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’

The themes for this conference will be minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises.

Languages for the Future

Languages for the Future looks at the supply and demand for languages in the upcoming years given the current changes. This updates the 2013 British Council report which provided the first systematic analysis of the UK's language needs and identifies the languages which will be of crucial importance for the UK's future prosperity, security and influence.

The Right Skills: Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The British Academy's Skills project looks at the skills that arts, humanities and social science students develop and the value of these skills to the individual, to society and the economy. The report looks at how these skills are taught, learnt and applied in society.

Conference: Languages Memory—Call for Papers

Language Acts and Worldmaking is delighted to announce its first conference, Languages Memory. In this first conference, we want to enliven our awareness of the ways in which languages are experienced, practised , taught and researched. The conference will be held at Bush House, London, 13-14 June 2018.

Teacher Training for GCSE and A-Level French and Spanish

Free teacher subject specialism training for secondary modern foreign languages will be held in London and Norwich. The programme is delivered by King's College London's Modern Language Centre in collaboration with Lambeth Teaching Schools' Alliance.

Catherine Boyle's interview with Research Fortnight's 500th issue

In an interview for Research Fortnight's 500th issue, Catherine Boyle, Principle Investigator for Language Acts and Worldmaking, talks about the ideas behind the project.

Language Acts and Worldmaking Launch

We launched Language Acts and Worldmaking in November 2016 with a series of workshops and a lecture by Professor Doris Sommer, Harvard University.