Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Researchers demonstrate the value languages bring to society

Tue Jul 19 11:18:00 BST 2016

 

Speakers at the Innovation in Modern Languages Education event.

— Speakers at the Innovation in Modern Languages Education event.

 

On 30 June 2016, researchers from the University of Bath took part in an event in Bristol where they were able to collaborate with the modern languages community.

The third colloquium of Innovation in Modern Languages Education event was hosted by the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. The conference was attended by more than 90 staff and students from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. It was organised by the LanGW4 group, which is part of the GW4 Consortium.

Exploring the importance of languages

The day was framed by two keynotes from leading scholars who explored the importance of languages at this time of transition for the UK. There were also round tables on the topics of motivating the student and the teacher, innovation in the classroom, and global citizenship.

Enrico Cecconi, from the University of Bath presented on the use of Web 2.0 as a versatile and motivating tool in language teaching.

Co-founder and co-organiser, Dr Irene Macías, says: ‘I am delighted with the way these Colloquiums have brought the language teaching community together within our GW4 partnership. They are a galvanising force for language practitioners at a time when we need to be creative and demonstrate the value languages bring to society. It is not just about developing language skills; it’s about educating people to engage with each other.’

The event was partly funded by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Teaching Development Fund. The Faculty has been a staunch supporter of this collaboration on languages, which started in Bath in 2014.