New MLM report: ‘Brexit: A risk assessment for language provision in Manchester’

Research by Multilingual Manchester has found that leaving the European Union may reduce levels of support for the teaching of English as an additional language, due to the withdrawal of EU funding.

The new report, compiled by Dr Amelia Abercrombie through a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, finds that provisions such as English classes for new arrivals are likely to be at direct risk. Others, such as interpretation for access to key services, may be in danger if current EU legislation and recommendations are not maintained.

The report also expresses concern that the public discourse surrounding Brexit may disadvantage provisions for language learning and language skills, which could have a negative effect on Britain’s global outreach.

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‘Revitalising Burnley Central’: Creating multilingual artwork with local schoolchildren

The Multilingual Manchester team have been working with a group of schoolchildren from Burnley to help them design artwork featuring community languages that will revitalise their local train station.

The team delivered activities on the theme of community languages and the railway to children from St Peter’s CoE Primary School. The programme gave pupils the opportunity to find out more about languages spoken in the area and to share their language skills with one another.

The Young Arts Arriva project, facilitated by Community Rail Lancashire, saw pupils take part in a sensory train journey and station tour to learn more about the railway. The class shared and learned words about train travel in a range of languages, including Urdu, Chinese, Hungarian and Spanish. Pupils’ families were invited to join the activities and offered further support with their language skills.

The group worked with a local artist, Alastair Nicholson, to create the final artwork that is now on display in Burnley Central Station.

A short film about the project, by Gravel and Sugar Productions, is available to view here.


‘Modern languages must reform’

Modern Linguists must craft their own reforms to reclaim the future of their discipline, write professors Stephen Hutchings and Yaron Matras. They call on universities to develop a compelling vision for Modern Languages research and teaching, and to capitalise on the immense value of the multilingual communities in which large universities are located.

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Call for Papers: Multilingual landscapes: planning, policy, and contact linguistic perspectives

Abstracts are invited for a two-day workshop on ‘Multilingual landscapes: planning, policy, and contact linguistic perspectives’, hosted by Multilingual Manchester. The workshop will take place on 21-22 May 2018 at The University of Manchester.

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Polish ambassador helps to launch new Multilingual Manchester project

His Excellency, Arkady Rzegocki, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, has visited The University of Manchester to help launch a new project that will work closely with Polish schools in the city. He said: “Initiatives such as Multilingual Manchester are pivotal in building bridges between Poles and the wider Mancunian community.” Read more on the Ambassador’s visit here.