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The Languages Company supports and initiates a number of projects relating to languages pedagogy and policy. Recently we have been developing work on CLIL and Pupil Talk. We are also a founder partner in Speak to the Future , the Campaign for Languages.

We have also coordinated a number of International Projects, and participated in others.

SPEAK TO THE FUTURE - The Campaign for Languages

The Languages Company supports Speak to the Future - the Campaign for Languages.

Speak to the Future is a collaboration between all the major language organisations in the UK to make the case for languages. It is funded by the British Academy and supported by several other organisations.

At its heart, the Campaign has five objectives:

  1. Every language valued as an asset
  2. A coherent experience of languages for all children in primary schools
  3. A basic working knowledge of at least two languages including English for every child leaving secondary school
  4. Every graduate qualified in a second language
  5. An increase in the number of highly qualified linguists

For each objective, the Campaign has formed a working group of leading experts in the field and seeks to influence policy and decision makers. For example, the primary working group submitted evidence to the recent national curriculum review and this contributed to the inclusion of languages as a statutory part of the new KS2 curriculum.

Speak to the Future is now engaged in several high-profile initiatives to garner support from the general public.

The 1000 Words campaign aims to inspire people to try learning a language, perhaps for the first time, and dispel common misconceptions: learning a language is achievable and realistic for everyone.

Write to your MP aims to gather responses from all MPs in support of languages before the next election.
Promote your project gives a platform for language initiatives and projects from around the country to list their projects and events. A full list is available at

Everyone who is interested in supporting languages is encouraged to sign up for the Speak to the Future newsletter (registration at the bottom of ), follow @speak2future on Twitter and 'like' the campaign's Facebook page.


talesStories for Learning in European Schools

TALES investigates the educational impact of oral and digital storytelling in formal education. The project's activities and outcomes include a state of the art about digital storytelling, documentation on examples of good practice and pilot studies, "stories" created by schools (age range 6-18) and, most importantly, a manual for teachers (to be published in November 2015). Materials will be published as the project unfolds.

The Languages Company is working the Goldsmiths, University of London, and Shonaleigh Cumbers, the professional storyteller - one of the last traditionally trained storytellers of the Yiddish drut'syla tradition.

Together we will be carrying out a pilot of storytelling in teaching primary German at a London primary school.

The project is running from November 2013 to November 2015.



Lingu@netWork and Lingu@net World Wide

logo_linguanetLingu@netWork is a two year project involving over 20 partners from as many countries, funded by the European Commission. It further develops the successful and award winning Lingu@net World Wide online resource centre for language learners and teachers.

The new network project started in January 2013 and aims to implement more user interaction based on social media technology in ten European and World languages. Additionally, we are updating our resources catalogue in all 32 Lingu@net languages with particular focus on authentic and vocational resources.

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Languages in Urban Communities - Integration and Diversity for Europe

LUCIDE is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. We are building up a picture of how communication occurs in multilingual settings across the EU and beyond.  We aim to help institutions (councils, schools, hospitals) and local and national economies make better productive use of diversity as an economic resource and to strengthen social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding. We also want to understand better how the cultural richness of these new cities can strengthen the “diverse unity “of the 21st century.

In concrete terms LUCIDE will be undertaking research, running seminars and workshops and developing  guidelines for multilingual cities relating to  –

  • Education - language learning and language support
  • The public sphere - how the city supports democratic engagement
  • Economic life – the benefits of multilingualism and the requirements
  • The private sphere – how people behave and interrelate and celebrate
  • The urban space – the appearance and sounds of the city

In 2014 a major publication and international conference at LSE are planned.

The LUCIDE partnership includes 16 partners (14 from Europe and 2 Third Country partners) already active in the domain of multilingualism within urban contexts, at both University and City level, and in a range of city types. It includes cities which have long traditions of multilingualism as well as those for whom this is relatively new.

The LUCIDE network is funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Prograrmme from December 2011 to November 2014.

Language Rich Europe (LRE)

Language Rich Europe is a networking project which brings together 1200 policy makers and practitioners from 24 countries and regions in Europe to discuss and develop better policies and practices for multilingualism. Network members are drawn from the fields of education, business, public services and the media.

The project is co-ordinated by the British Council - The Languages Company is the lead partner for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Dr Lid King is also a member of the project's Steering Group.

It seeks to record countries' progress in supporting multilingualism and to engage leaders in government, educational institutions, public services, business and the media to help develop a more strategic approach to languages across society.

It attempts to measure how these countries perform against European standards in the following areas:

  • Education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, adult)
  • Public services and public spaces
  • Business
  • Media
  • National language diversity documents/databases

Languages covered include:

  • National languages
  • Foreign languages
  • Regional and minority languages
  • Immigrant languages

The project's initial phase of research and consultation resulted in the publication of its final report in December 2012. A final partners conference took place in March 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, at which the final recommendations were presented to European policymakers.

Information about this project can be found via the British Council:

Languages in Europe - Theory Policy and Practice (LETPP)

LETTP LogoThis one year project in collaboration with the London School of Economics ran from November 2009 until October 2010.

The LETPP project discussed the conditions which favour policies on Multilingualism and the obstacles to their success, looking in particular at two issues –

Languages and Social Cohesion
Languages and Intercultural Communication/Employability.

The project involved

Analysis and Proposals from the LETPP Consultation and Review

For more information and to access the Outcomes & Conclusion Report, please go to


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