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The Multilingual City is published this month - by Dr Lid King & Dr Lorna Carson PDF Print E-mail
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The fruit of the LUCIDE project (2012-14)The Multilingual City is published this month, edited by Lid King and Lorna Carson and incorporating research carried out as part of LUCIDE and by the project partners.
 
This book is an exploration of the vitality of multilingualism and of its critical importance in and for contemporary cities. It examines how the city has emerged as a key driver of the multilingual future, a concentration of different, changing cultures which somehow manage to create a new identity. 
 
The book uses the recent LUCIDE multilingual city reports as a basis for discussion and analysis, and deals with both societal and individual multilingualism in a way that draws on the full range of their historical, contemporary, visual/audible, psychological, educational and policy-oriented aspects. 
 
The book will be of interest to students and researchers of multilingualism, migration studies, European Studies, anthropology, sociology and urbanism.
 
TLC is on Twitter! PDF Print E-mail
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We have a new Twitter account: https://twitter.com/TLC_Languages

Please follow us and let your contacts know. We'll be tweeting about activities and matters of language policy.

 
TLC and LSE host final LUCIDE conference PDF Print E-mail
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The LUCIDE project, which TLC has been leading on, came to a close this September with a two-day conference hosted at the London School of Economics, looking at ‘The Future of the Multilingual City’.

The LUCIDE project (Languages in Urban Communities Integration and Diversity for Europe) has been looking at the impact of multilingualism in the urban environment and its implications for education, the economy, civil society and urban planning.

Speakers included Prof Joe Lo Bianco and Dr David Little from the LUCIDE project, and all the project partners led sessions or presented. Other speakers included Dr Suzi Hall from LSE, and Dr Paul Kerswill of the University of York.

In an ambitious programme, we covered the project's main findings and publications including the new City Reports - due to be published soon - and the Tookits in a series of themes: the Cosmopolis; Landscapes; Identities; and Education.

We were joined by two groups of young people from London schools who shared their experiences of growing up as bilingual or multilingual children in the UK capital in work carried out by Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic at the Insitute of Education.

Nick Byrne, Director of the LSE Language Centre, who hosted the conference, also presented an interactive art project commissioned especially for the project, created by the artist and urbanist Tom Keeley, featuring an interactive map with two walks across London - this can be accessed here.

The conference was attended by 200 people and was a fitting end to the project, sparking many discussions and questions for the future. Full details about the project can be found at www.urbanlanguages.eu

 
The Languages Company has moved! PDF Print E-mail
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From 1 November 2014 The Languages Company's new address is:

The Languages Company
22 Trinity Court
254 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8JX
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 8980 3550

 
2014 GCSE results PDF Print E-mail
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2014 GCSE results

In August, the 2014 GCSE results were published. The main point to note with regard to languages was that there was a decline in both French and German, and last year's gains (attributed to the introduction of the Ebacc measure of success) was not sustained.

The JCQ said, in a statement: "Spanish continues to grow in popularity, with the number of entries continuing to grow year-on-year. French and German both declined in entries. However, these dips do not wipe out the significant growth seen last year (16.9 per cent across the three languages) and are in line with the decline in the national cohort and the number of candidates taking GCSEs."

Full results are available at the JCQ website on http://www.jcq.org.uk/media-centre/news-releases

The Speak to the Future campaign has published an analysis of the trends at http://www.speaktothefuture.org/what-is-happening-to-languages-at-gcse/

 
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