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CLIL Centre of Excellence launches at the University of Westminster

On Thursday 10 May 2018, the University of Westminster launched its CLIL Centre of Excellence, which aims to support a growing network of teachers who are using, or wishing to use, a CLIL approach in teaching in London and the South of England. The event was marked by a Key Note Presentation from Dr. Alan […]

Conversation with Faïza Guène, the author of Kif Kif Demain, London, 13 June 2018

The first Language Acts and Worldmaking Conference (a large Modern Languages research project involving several universities and other partners) with the theme of ‘Languages Memory’ is being held at Bush House (the former home of the BBC World Service) on 13 and 14 June 2018. One key event of the conference is a round table discussion entitled ‘Languages […]

Year 12 Routes into Languages London Languages and Law Summer School: An excellent opportunity for budding Year 12 linguists and lawyers!

This is an excellent opportunity for year 12 students to visit four different London universities and the Royal Courts of Justice. Students will have the unique experience of trying out lectures, seminars and language tasters, as well as taking part in a mock murder trial at the Royal Courts of Justice. This event is free of charge and places […]

Attitudes towards digital culture and technology in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

As part of the AHRC-funded (OWRI) ‘Language Acts & Worldmaking’ project, a survey is being conducted on attitudes towards digital culture and technology in MFL, with attention to both theory and practice. The survey is aimed at people with any level of digital expertise, and whose work involves MFL in any role (whether that be […]

Grants for summer teacher training course in France

The Institut français is offering five grants for a summer training course in France geared towards teachers who play a leading role in implementing languages at primary school level/Key Stage 2. This is a fantastic opportunity for primary language coordinators/leaders, or secondary French teachers, doing outreach work in primary schools, or clusters of schools in […]

Drama/History Workshop Opportunity – Commemorating the Chinese Labourers who came to Europe to help in the trenches during World War One

The University of Westminster is offering to bring history/drama workshops into secondary schools in the East London area. The fully funded workshops are a collaboration between the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, at the University of Westminster and Moongate Productions ( around a new play, ‘Forgotten,’ by Daniel York Loh, which will open […]

Chartered Institute of Linguists seeks 2018 winner for language-learning initiative

The Chartered Institute of Linguists invites nominations for the 2018 winner of the Threlford Cup – the prestigious award for inspiration and originality in language teaching and learning. The Cup is awarded annually to an individual, organisation or project that has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of languages. Ideal candidates might be, […]

Stepping Stones: funding opportunity

As part of the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund, the Greater London Authority is inviting eligible schools to apply for up to £50,000 grant funding to run Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones is a school-based intervention, supporting vulnerable pupils as they transition from primary to secondary school. It has been successfully piloted in three London secondary schools, […]

Towards ‘MFL for all’ in England: a historical perspective

An article written by Dr. Alan Dobson, former senior HMI for Languages, provides an honest and sobering overview and analysis of the history of MFL provision in England from 1970s to today. The article, ‘Towards ‘MFL for all’ in England: a historical perspective,’ published in the Language Learning Journal, Volume 46, 2018 – Issue 1, […]

The educational and economic value of embracing people’s mother tongues

In an article launched today, to mark International Mother Language Day, Gabrielle Hogan-Brun and Loredana Polezzi write about the importance of children developing their own languages first, in order to achieve their full potential. There are many cases around the world where local languages are becoming neglected and in danger of extinction. As a result, children […]

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