Event: ‘Manchester Talks Many Languages’

Multilingual Manchester is hosting an event to celebrate International Mother Language Day. ‘Manchester Talks Many Languages’ will take place on 21 February 2017, 5.30 – 7pm, at Central Library. For further details, see the invitation below.

We would be delighted if you could join us there. To register, please email charlotte.jones@manchester.ac.uk.


New support platform for Manchester’s community supplementary schools

A new Supplementary School Support Platform launched by Multilingual Manchester will assist Manchester’s community-run weekend schools that teach languages such as Polish, Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, and others. The initiative will encourage university staff and students to get involved with local supplementary schools and help in the development of audio-visual resources and learning kits as well as training. It will also help encourage parents and pupils to cultivate home languages as a valuable skill. The initiative is partly funded by a large grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its new Open World Research Initiative.

For further details please contact mlm@manchester.ac.uk. For information on Manchester’s supplementary schools see our report from 2015.

New MLM report on Manchester’s linguistic landscapes

lsscreenshotOur report on Manchester’s linguistic landscapes is now available. Based on data collection and analysis carried out with the pioneering LinguaSnapp app, we discuss how multilingual signage contributes to the spatial construction of civic identities. The full report is available to read here: http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ManchesterLinguisticLandscapes.pdf

You can read more about the research here: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/diverse-language-landscape/

Katharine Perera, Professor Emerita of Linguistics

k_pereraKatharine Perera, Professor Emerita of Linguistics and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, died on 1 October 2016. Katharine was an inspiration to generations of students and academic colleagues. She began her work life as a teacher of English as a Second Language, working and travelling in Southeast Asia. Her research career, launched in the early 1980s, focused on children’s acquisition of reading and writing, language assessment and notions of linguistic norm, and general child language development. She was Editor of the prestigious Journal of Child Language, before becoming one of the first female professors to take on a senior university management role. She set up the Women in Leadership project, which she continued to lead many years after her retirement. When Multilingual Manchester was taking its first steps, between 2010-2012, Katharine was there to support us with invaluable advice and encouragement, especially around our strategy to involve students in research and in community volunteering activities. Ours is one of numerous academic and outreach activities that received direct inspiration from her vision, her integrity, her values, and her love of people, life, and learning, and we shall always remember her.