Event to attend: ‘The World of Language – Languages of the World’

Posted on October 12, 2017 by

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As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, Sascha Stollhans (PhD student and Teaching Assistant in LEL) and Eva Adelseck (German Studies) are hosting a day on “The World of Language – Languages of the World” on 10 November 2017. There will be two main events:

  • An interactive exhibition, showcasing linguistics research at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester: This will run from 2-6pm, with contributions from many LEL lecturers and PhD students (e.g. George Bailey, Dr Thea Cameron-Faulkner, Dr Andrea Nini, Prof John Payne) as well as an exhibition on “Languages of the World” by some of our undergraduate students
  • An evening workshop/panel discussion for teachers of Modern Foreign Languages on “Bridging the gap between linguistics research and the language classroom”.

You can find more information on the exhibition on the Festival website and sign up for the panel discussion here. You can also follow the event on Twitter: @WorldOfLang.

Here’s a more detailed event description:

Explore the world of language with our interactive exhibition and workshops

Language is all around us. We use it every day to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions, to communicate with other people, to convince them of our views, make them feel better or worse, manipulate them or even insult them. Language is a powerful tool which helps us perform our actions. There are more than 6,000 different languages spoken in the world and an estimated 200 different languages are spoken in Manchester alone. It is a truly multilingual city.

Join our interactive exhibition to learn more about the world of languages, and languages of the world. Each part of the exhibition focuses on a different aspect of linguistics research and introduces you to topics like:

  • Accents and dialects in the UK
  • Language diversity in Manchester
  • How children learn language
  • How linguists support the police
  • The Languages of the world
  • How languages change

There will also be taster sessions in Arabic, German, Welsh, Urdu and many more languages! We are delighted to be joined by Multilingual Manchester and many other experts. Each stall will be led by a researcher or student and you will be invited to have a go.

There is no need to register for the exhibition – just come along. However if you plan to bring a large group (e.g. a school class), it would help us if you could send us a quick email in advance (sascha.stollhans@manchester.ac.uk).

In the evening there is a workshop and panel discussion for teachers of Modern Foreign Languages, PGCE students, tutors, and anyone with an interest in language education. The topic of the evening is “Bridging the gap between linguistics research and the language classroom”. How can research find its way into the classroom? What can researchers learn from Modern Foreign Languages practitioners? How can researchers and teachers work together? What can universities and schools do to promote foreign languages in the UK? What is the future of modern languages in the UK post Brexit? Please sign up for the evening workshop here.

Interactive exhibition and taster sessions open to public: 14:00-18:00

Workshop for teachers: 19:30-21:00

Follow this event on Twitter @WorldOfLang

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