UK Language Policy: Future Directions and Challenges in Languages, Society and Policy

  • 20 Mar 2018 18:36
    Message # 5989506

    Dear all,

    we are deligthed to announce  the first LSP  Dialogues collection on UK Language Policy: Directions and Challenges with five papers discussing language policy across different areas. We would also like to highlight our first opinion paper, Neil Kenny's 'How far can skills-talk take us?'

    Please visit for the full Dialogues collection and for Kenny's opinion piece.

    Kind regards,

    Dora Alexopoulou, Lisa Maria Mueller and Daniel McAuley

    Whither UK Language Policy?

    by Baroness Jean Coussins

    In this article, Baroness Coussins, co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, outlines the current priorities for language policy in the UK, highlighting inconsistencies and fragmentation in approach, and making the case for coordination across government.

    Languages across government

    by Wendy Ayres-Bennett

    In this article, Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Principal Investigator of the MEITS (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) research project, argues for the urgent need for a national languages policy and for a more holistic and coherent approach towards languages across Whitehall and the devolved administrations.

    Multilingual Britain - Towards a coherent policy framework for children with EAL

    by Diana Sutton

    In this article, Diana Sutton, Director of the Bell Foundation, explores the current policy and practice framework for supporting children with English as an Additional Language in the UK and how the available research evidence can be used to improve it.

    Global Britain requires more and better language skills

    by Bernardette Holmes

    In this article, Bernardette Holmes, Principal Investigator of Born Global, the British Academy policy project on languages and employability, reassesses the role of languages and intercultural understanding for Britain’s global position. It draws on the findings of the Born Global project and identifies the language skills that are most in demand now to establish new global relationships, and locates language skills firmly within the matrix of wider employability skills for the 21st century.

    ‘Translating Cultures’, translating research

    by Charles Forsdick

    In this article, Charles Forsdick, AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’, presents the policy issues revealed and addressed by research carried out under the theme, and highlights the challenges and potential of ‘translating’ academic research to policymakers.

    How far can skills-talk take us?

    In this article, Neil Kenny, Lead Fellow for Languages at the British Academy, argues that the broadened notion of skill proposed by a new British Academy project, The Right Skills, provides a framework for articulating more accurately and effectively the full range of skills provided by language degrees.

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