‘Our languages’: exploring collaborations in Language Education

Lancaster University, 28 September 2019

About the conference:

This ‘think tank’-style conference is part of a project that explores cross-sector collaborations in language education in the UK. We invite primary and secondary teachers, academics, other language professionals and policy makers to discuss ideas to tackle the ‘language crisis’ in the UK, and explore potential cross-sector collaborations. The event will result in the publication of open-access position papers with recommendations for future developments in British language education. Download the programme‌.

The project and conference is funded by the "Language Acts and Worldmaking" strand of the AHRC Open World Research Initiative.


Dr Elena Polisca, Sascha Stollhans

Location: Bowland North building, Seminar Room 20

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Paul Kaye, Language Officer at European Commission's Representation in London
  • Pascale Vassie OBE, National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education
  • Dr Shirley Lawes, Lecturer and Researcher in Education, UCL
  • Helen Myers, Assistant Head, The Ashcombe School & Chair of Association for Language Learning London Branch
  • Prof. René Koglbauer, Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professional Practice, Executive Director of North Leadership Centre, Newcastle University & UCML Schools Liaison Officer
  • Janet Lloyd, Primary Languages Network
  • Dr Francesca La Morgia, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin & Founder of Mother Tongues Ireland
  • Benjamin Kulka, The British Academy
  • We will also be joined by colleagues from the 'Linguistics in MFL' project.

Attendance is free but registration is required by 16 September via this link.

You can join our Facebook event, or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #OurLanguages2019.

If you have any questions about this event, please email e.polisca@lancaster.ac.uk and s.stollhans@lancaster.ac.uk.

Many thanks to our further sponsors: