This conference, organised by Elena Polisca and Sascha Stollhans, explored cross-sector collaborations in language education in the UK. Taking place at Lancaster University, 28 September 2019, it invited primary and secondary teachers, academics, other language professionals and policy makers to discuss ideas to tackle the ‘language crisis’ in the UK, and explore potential cross-sector collaborations. The event will result in the publication of open-access position papers with recommendations for future developments in British language education.
09:30-10:00 Arrival, coffee and registration in Bowland North
10:00-10:15 Introduction and housekeeping - Elena Polisca & Sascha Stollhans; Welcome note – Olga Gomez-Cash, Associate Dean for Education (FASS) Keynote speakers
10:20-10:30 Where are we now? Facts and figures – Benjamin Kulka, The British Academy
10:30-10:50 The primary sector: successful implementation of languages – Janet Lloyd
10:50-11.10 The secondary sector: challenges, initiatives, recommendations – Helen Myers
11:10-11:50 Community and home languages – Pascale Vassie Language Explorers: linguistic diversity as a resource in the primary classroom – Francesca La Morgia
12:00-12:45 Q&A with Keynote speakers
12:45-13:45 Lunch and Networking
13:45-14:15 Panel discussion with Paul Kaye, Shirley Lawes, René Koglbauer
14:15-15:15 Working groups: Policy group: with Paul Kaye; Curriculum group: with Shirley Lawes, and a contribution by representatives from the ‘Linguistics in MFL’ project; Implementation and cross-sector collaboration group: with René Koglbauer
15:15-16:00 Report back from working groups and discussion: taking languages forward
16:00-16:15 Concluding remarks and plans for the post-conference future
To download the programme as a pdf, see the conference webpage.