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Department of Linguistics

Multilingualism Week: 17 - 22 June 2013

IMG-AHRC Skills development scheme 2012

'Artwork 'Masala Mandala' by Monica Shanta Brown, www.mixed-other-art.net'

Date: 17 June 2013Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 22 June 2013Time: All Day


Type of Event: 0

Series: AHRC Skills development scheme: Skills development for language research and teaching in a multilingual world

Multilingualism Week (17th- 22nd June 2013) is to celebrate and promote multilingualism. The outreach event is organised by students participating in the AHRC-funded scheme entitled Skills Development for Language Research and Teaching in a Multilingual World. Students from SOAS, the University of Lund, and Bangor University have taken part in training activities and placements and are now launching a series of outreach events on the 20th and 22nd of June.

We start with a one-day workshop which will highlight the training activities and placements undertaken by the participants in the scheme and will explore various methods for multilingual research. We invite academics interested in multilingualism to join us for a day of presentations and discussion about multilingual research. The workshop will culminate with a keynote talk by Esther de Leeuw, Queen Mary, followed by a reception. De Leeuw is an expert in multilingualism and co-founder of Multilingual Capital, a group which promotes multilingualism as a positive asset for London. We also invite all attendees to the premiere of "Kanraxel - the confluence of Agnack", a cinematic new documentary. The film stunningly portrays the complex multilingual situation in a rural Senegalese village: kck.st/11KvDhG. The workshop is open to all.

-Our second day features a series of workshops meant to raise awareness and promote understanding on multilingualism by school children as well as teachers. London is a multilingual city encompassing more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages. Schools are one of the main areas where this plurality of languages abounds. During the day workshops will include a variety of creative language activities and games specifically tailored for school children to encourage them to explore the diversity and universality of language. Throughout the workshops positive attitudes towards speaking multiple languages will be endorsed for school children. As a result of the School workshop the children will produce multilingual podcasts, which will be made accessible for interested teachers and parents as well as the comprehensive materials utilized for the activities of these workshops.