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New Research Funding Calls – Creative Multilingualism

The Open World Research Initiative Creative Multilingualism Project has recently announced details of two new funding calls.  One is aimed at doctoral students on the themes of ‘Languages and Creative Identity’ and ‘Languages and Performance’ and a further one on ‘Artificial Intelligence in the World of Languages’. Closing dates are April 15th and 30th respectively, […]

Attitudes towards digital culture and technology in Modern Languages – Report

A new report published by colleagues from the ‘Language Acts and Worldmaking’ project shows that digital culture and technology has had a significant effect on modern languages learning and research, but this is often poorly understood. It highlights the contribution of digital culture to greater engagement and collaborative learning,..

New Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK

Following a successful second policy workshop in December 2018 in Belfast, bringing together policymakers and academics from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Wendy Ayres-Bennett PI of MEITS, and Janice Carruthers, AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages, have published a new policy briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK. Based on a comparative analysis […]

We need a Chief Government Linguist to embed languages policy in government

Alongside colleagues from the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), I am calling for the appointment of a Chief Government Linguist at government level in the UK. In a way that is not dissimilar to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (and the network of departmental CSAs), a Chief Government Linguist would work across departments and provide […]