Modern Languages and Inclusivity: Sharing Ideas and Practices

Modern Languages and Inclusivity: Sharing Ideas and Practices
25 March 2022, 11.45am - 4.15pm
Conference / Symposium

All times are in GMT

The annual AMLUK (Alliance of Modern Languages, Area Studies and Linguistics Subject Associations UK) symposium is the chance to share experiences and approaches regarding issues which are of deep concern to all those within the disciplinary field. In this year’s symposium, presentations will discuss how associations, schools, and university departments are approaching questions regarding inclusivity.

The symposium is organised into three sessions, each an hour long and involving short presentations (of around 10 minutes) followed by discussion. The first session is centred around the work that subject associations are doing. The question of how universities and schools can work more closely together within the subject area is a matter of great importance and the second session focuses on initiatives that are being pursued in secondary education. The final session of the day discusses how Schools of MLs in universities are approaching the issue of inclusivity.

Session One: Subject areas and associations

(Chair: Connor Doak, Bristol University)
Michael Tsang (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘The Challenge of the “Decolonising” Initiative in East Asian Studies
Zhu Hua (UCL): ‘Developing the BAAL Statement on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Applied Linguistics’
Claire Ross (University of Reading) and Paul Leworthy (University of Edinburgh): ‘German Studies and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’

Break: 12.45-1.30

Session Two: Schools

(Chair: Joe Dale (Independent modern foreign languages & technology consultant))
Lisa Panford (St Mary’s University) and Melina Irvine (University of Bristol): 'ALL SIG: Working Together to Mobilise Advancements in Decolonising the Secondary MFL Curriculum'
Charlotte Ryland (Oxford University): ‘Creative Translation for Inclusion: Stephen Spender Trust & Translation Exchange Programmes in Secondary Schools’
Lucy Jenkins (Cardiff University): ‘International Languages in Secondary Schools in Wales: Why Don’t Learners Choose Languages and How Can Mentoring Provoke Change?’

Break: 14:30-14:45

Session Three: Universities

(Chair: Ruselle Meade, Cardiff University)
Emanuelle Santos and Alice Corr (University of Birmingham): ‘Linguistics, Area Studies and Languages: Towards an Alliance for a New Thinking’
Hansun Hsiung (Durham University): ‘Decolonising MLAC at Durham: Bottom-Up Approaches and Coalitional Politics’

15:45–16:15 Conclusion

All are welcome to attend this free symposium, which will be held online via zoom. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button below to register.

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Cathy Collins