Transnationalizing Modern Languages

Transnationalizing Modern Languages

Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures

Transnationalizing Modern Languages (TML) is research partnership project involving the University of Bristol, Cardiff University, the University of Namibia (UNAM), the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and Warwick University, which explores the place, value and development of languages and multilingualism in Scotland, Wales and in Namibia. A large part of the educational side of the project has involved Castlebrae High School in Edinburgh where we have been developing the Scottish research aspects.

Through workshops and research in Namibia, we have identified and explored key questions around how we best nurture multilingualism within education, support learners to raise attainment in English and literacy and develop skills in additional languages such as French, German and in the case of Namibia, Afrikaans. The research has explored heritage languages in 1+2 development and considers how we can integrate wider learner language skills and education into language policy and practice.

This 2 hour workshop will explore the findings of the project so far and discuss how we support heritage languages through 1+2 Languages policy and planning. The workshop will provide an opportunity for a range of stakeholders from local authorities, schools, national agencies and higher education to reflect on and explore key questions around how we support multilingual learners through 1+2. We will consider the place of heritage languages in local planning and look for creative solutions in developing new approaches to supporting multilingual learners.

Part of the session will share research findings including survey responses from teachers, parents and pupils in Scotland and Namibia and will look in more depth at some of the work undertaken to date in Castlebrae High School. A full agenda will follow for all participants ahead of the meeting.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 30th May from 13.00 – 16.00 at Castlebrae High School, Edinburgh.

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