A ‘Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages’ Project, led by academics at the universities of Anglia Ruskin, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London, has been looking at the potential for the inclusion of linguistic topics at A-Level MFL. Linguistic content is a fundamental part of many university courses, but not included in the current A-Level syllabus. The project has set out to engage students with linguistics, whilst deepening their interest in language, including its historical, cultural and social reflexes.

A conference titled ‘Opportunities for Linguistics in the MFL Curriculum’ will be held on Friday 31 May 2018, at Anglia Ruskin University, and will provide delegates with a rich agenda, including an overview of MFL teaching in the UK and an insight into some linguistic case studies that have involved schools and younger learners. For more information download the flyer here.

The conference is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. The signup form is here: https://goo.gl/forms/MkFHj3QMmpANZgmg1 In addition, there is a small travel fund available for teachers to claim back expenses and this will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.