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The Languages Company’s new address is:
The Languages Company
11 Merlins Court,
30 Margery Street,
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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. (Note: The two-walks website has now closed.)
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
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/
Check out the latest news on multilingualism in urban spaces on the LUCIDE website www.urbanlanguages.eu and sign up to the ebulletin or get involved in our workshops and seminars.
The 2014 A Level results were published in August. In a context where the recent “first results count” reforms have led to large numbers of students deferring entry for a year, the JCQ said about A Level language entries:
“Although French, German and Spanish all had fewer entries than last year (down 7.4, 0.1, and 0.6 per cent respectively), as a proportion of all UK entries there is stability. The proportion of candidates awarded A* in these modern foreign languages increased.”
Full results are available at http://www.jcq.org.uk/examination-results/a-levels and the JCQ’s press statements are available at http://www.jcq.org.uk/media-centre/news-releases
The Speak to the Future campaign has issued an analysis of the trends at A Level at http://www.speaktothefuture.org/what-is-happening-to-languages-at-a-level/
To access the Language Rich Europe website for information on multilingualism in Europe and the LRE Report go to:
The International Federation of Language Teacher Associations, who work closely with The Languages Company including as Association Partners on the LUCIDE project, will be holding their World Congress at Niagara Falls next year: 26-28 March 2015.
The Call for Papers is now open, and closes soon: 1 May 2014. Find out more at http://fiplv.com
A major publication on languages in the UK and Europe is published today by the Language Rich Europe Consortium,. Language Rich Europe is an EU funded project involving 20 European countries, and co-ordinated by the British Council. 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.
The English launch of this project takes place on 28th June at the London School of Economics. Over the course of the next 12 months, we will be holding a series of workshops to help shape recommendations and opinions with regard to supporting multilingualism in the UK.
To read more about Language Rich Europe please see the official website