SpeakSOAS is an exclusive app for SOAS students to find language exchange buddies within the university. Unlike other platforms where English and French seem to get all the attention, on SpeakSOAS you'll be able to find and offer exchanges in any of the languages taught at SOAS. So no matter whether you want to chat in Yorùbá, polish up your Korean for a job interview, or become proficient in London slang, this app will help you with that!
Please consult our SpeakSOAS Data Policy (2018) (pdf; 94kb)
UPDATE 27-09-2018: Due to an unexpected change in Google Play's data policy, the SpeakSOAS app has been temporarily taken down. We are working to update the app and to make sure that your personal information is protected.
Local language use and aid: An unchartered territory
Our research combines linguistic and development expertise in the health sector, examining how research is conducted in the social sciences around health communication which is then the basis for interventions and policies. We are aiming to gain a broader understanding of the role of local languages in assessment and evaluation for interventions. The research aims at supporting the implementation of rigorous and ethically sound research practices to ensure that interventions are based on reliable assessments. Understanding the local language ecology and working within those parameters also ensure that the local knowledge and language is not devalorised. This also means that this sensitivity to local language ecologies, the domains of language use will be better maintained and broadened, resulting in real progress against language shift at the local level. In this way, linguists and development actors working today can help local communities thrive culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically.
This research project is being carried out in collaboration with The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health and it is supported by the London International Development Centre.
SOAS We Talk
Listen to SOAS' voices in 100 languages! SOAS We Talk is a student-run project celebrating 100 years of diversity at SOAS. Visit the SOAS We Talk website and navigate the map to hear the languages of our students, staff and alumni.