Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Linguistics

Abstract

Understanding the transformative power of multilingualism is vital. Over half of mankind daily speaks more than one language, and multilingualism brings advantages for community relations, business, and global understanding. Yet the linguistic landscape is changing fast, with English increasingly the lingua franca. In the UK, many schools are highly multilingual, despite falling numbers learning languages, and almost 1 in 5 primary school pupils have a first language other than English. Equally integral to a multilingual UK are the regional (minoritized) languages (e.g. Irish, Scottish Gaelic). The decline in pupils taking language GCSEs/A-levels and the number of children with English as an additional language are often portrayed negatively, and the value of community and minoritized languages is underestimated.

The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to reflect critically on multilingualism and to transform attitudes through greater understanding. Our approach is holistic, exploring individuals, communities and nations. We analyse the situations giving rise to multilingualism, its social implications and creative possibilities, and relationships between languages, cultures, identities and standards. We explore why individuals/societies choose (consciously or not) to be multilingual, the potential of multilingualism as 'mental gymnastics', ways to optimize language learning, and the benefits of multilingualism for community and international relations.

Our research questions:
1. What is the relationship between the multilingual individual and the multilingual society?
What does it mean to be multilingual in a monolingual/multilingual society? Or monolingual in a multilingual society?
2. What are the opportunities and challenges presented by multilingualism?
How might multilingualism benefit individuals, enhance communities, enrich cultures and foster social cohesion? To what extent might multilingualism disadvantage individuals, divide communities, dilute culture or fragment societies?
3. What is the relationship between multilingualism, diversity and identity?
How does this play out at the individual, local, regional, national and international level?
4. What is the relationship between multilingualism and language learning?
Who can/should learn additional languages, and in what contexts? How do age and other factors affect motivation, achievement and well-being?
5. How can we influence attitudes towards multilingualism?
How can we change the attitudes of individuals and societies, and inform language policy?
6. How can we re-energise Modern Languages research?
Can we reinvigorate the discipline by broadening its scope and developing new interdisciplinary methodologies?

Intersecting research strands (S1-6) offer powerful case studies for understanding multilingualism: literature, film and culture in a globalized context; the role of standard languages; linguistic identity, diversity and social cohesion; the influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning; language learning across the lifespan; the cognitive benefits of multilingualism. The project spans major languages traditionally or newly studied in the UK (French, German, Mandarin, Spanish), minoritized languages in Europe (Catalan, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Ukrainian), and community languages (e.g. Cantonese, Polish, Punjabi). We seek to break down barriers between high/low status and home/learnt languages.

The project will have transformative outcomes for individuals, for education, health and social policy and practice, and for international relations. Our partners (community groups, educational, cultural and policy bodies, drama and creative writing groups, business) will help shape the research and disseminate outcomes.

Placing language-led research at its heart, literary-cultural studies are integrated into an exciting new interdisciplinary programme to show how Modern Languages can respond to key issues of our time.

Planned Impact

MEITS aims to transform attitudes to multilingualism amongst the general public and to influence policy and practice in areas of great relevance to society such as education, culture, social cohesion, health and business. Representatives from all these sectors are embedded in the team as project partners and collaborators; they will help shape the research questions, facilitate the research itself, and disseminate our findings.

We will establish a high-level network of relevant UK government departments (in Whitehall, N. Ireland and Scotland) for regular exchanges on local and national policy around language; this network will articulate the compelling reasons why language should be central to policy considerations, locally, nationally and internationally.

MEITS will enhance understanding of the role of language for community cohesion through continuing dialogue with the UK Department for Communities and Local Government. In the post-conflict context of Northern Ireland, engagement with disenfranchised communities on language and identity will be facilitated by our partnerships with Co-Operation Ireland and the East Belfast Mission. More generally, the complex multilingual identities and untapped linguistic potential of minority population groups will be explored and exploited, for instance, in our work with the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum.

We will add weight to an expectation of language learning for all, building on the Department for Education's commitment to a range of school qualifications in different languages in England. We will contribute to the development of the UK national curriculum, aided by our links with NALDIC and ALL, and promote the learning of minoritized languages (e.g. Irish) and those perceived to be 'lower-status' (e.g. Polish). Understanding pupils' linguistic and cultural identities in multicultural environments promotes social cohesion within and beyond school settings and emphasizes the value of language learning, thereby influencing resource allocation, all of which is highly relevant for our partners working in schools, County Councils (e.g. IDEAL), and Routes into Languages. Language course providers (e.g. U3A, Polword), language testers (e.g. Cambridge Assessment, ALTE) and publishers (e.g. HarperCollins) are positioned to translate our work around standardization, lifelong learning, and identity-based teaching methodologies into practical applications.

The cognitive benefits of multilingualism are of great interest to the Department of Health because of the potential to delay the onset of dementia in our ageing population and improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum. Partnerships with Age UK and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists will ensure impact on key stakeholders.

The cultural benefits explored in MEITS cohere with the work and interests of the cultural bodies contributing to our research: e.g. Cambridgeshire Film Consortium, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Institut Ramon Llull. The Nottingham Writers' Studio and our theatre partners will work with community groups and schools, disseminating our research through workshops, exhibits and artistic outputs, and developing skills, such as the pedagogies of process drama, with educators and community workers.

Greater appreciation of cultural awareness and enhanced cognitive and life skills achieved through language learning sit squarely within Cabinet Office and BIS priorities of increasing employability and furthering trade/business opportunities. International trade and bridging the gap between the worlds of education and work are research priorities for the British Chambers of Commerce, whose focus groups and communication channels will be an invaluable resource for exchange and disseminating results.

Finally, our many public engagement events, such as the pop-up museum and film screenings, are designed to inspire the wider public to embrace and celebrate multilingualism.

Publications

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Ayres-Bennett W (2016) Learning a second language still matters in Times Higher Education

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Ayres-Bennett, W. (2017) Languages across government in Languages, Society and Policy Journal

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Bak T (2016) Cooking pasta in La Paz in Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism

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Bak T (2016) Language lessons to help protect against dementia. in BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

 
Title Guide for Martians. MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland. Strand 2. 
Description MEITS Co-Investigator Nicola McLelland. A zine produced by local pupils at a creative writing workshop reflecting on arriving in a country where you don't speak the language. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Not yet disseminated. 
 
Description Belfast City Council Irish Language Policy consultation. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Boping Yuan (MEITS Co-investigator). Attendance at meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages in House of Lords on Monday 30 January 2017. Title of the meeting: The future of language teaching? The DfE's Mandarin Excellent Programme.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Consultation and Review of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Bilingualism Guidelines. MEITS Co-Investigators Jenny Gibson and Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.rcslt.org
 
Description Developing and piloting identity-focused pedagogical materials. MEITS Strand 4.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Improved educational and skill level of workforce
 
Description Dunlevy, D. & O Mainnin, M. Putting a price on language: the debate around the cost of an Irish language act
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/cost-irish-language-act/
 
Description European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture, Thematic Panel on Languages & Literacy
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-Investigator) provided expertise on the cognitive benefits of multilingualism to the European Commission in September 2016.
 
Description Irish Language Act Consultation Paper. Irish Language Act distributed to the two main parties in Northern Ireland, DUP and SinnFein. MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin and Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy (Strand 3) April 2017.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Languages Improving Lives: Presentation of MEITS to NI civil servants from the departments of Health and Communities and to Irish language teaching experts. Belfast, June 2017. Contributions by Ayres-Bennett, Carruthers, O Mainnin and Bak.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Northern Ireland Department for Communities, Irish Language Academy, Belfast.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Participation in two meetings at Northern Ireland Department for Communities to discuss the new Irish Language Academy/collaboration with the MEITS research project. Janice Carruthers (MEITS Co-investigator): 30 November 2016 meeting Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-Investigator) & Micheal O'Mainning (MEITS Co-investigator): 11 Jan 2017 meeting This collaboration seeks to change public attitudes towards multilingualism in Northern Ireland.
 
Description Online Policy Journal: Languages, Society and Policy; A journal connecting research in linguistics and languages with policy and the public.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/launch-of-the-languages-society-policy-journal-at-the-british-academy...
 
Description Policy Workshop on Languages and Social Cohesion with policymakers and academic specialists. Cambridge, December 2017.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Presentation of MEITS to CSaP Policy Leaders Roundtable on Social Cohesion: Representatives from FCO, DFID, BEIS, Scottish Government, HM Treasury, Royal Society, DSP, MoD, Dept of Health (all at Director General or Permanent Secretary level)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Presenting MEITS - Centre for Science and Policy. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. Feb 2017.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Publication of recommendations for best practice in the clinical treatment of speech and language disorders for multilingual children with neurodevelopmental disorders. MEITS Strand 6.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Ukrainian Crisis' Briefing with EU East StratCom Task Force (Brussels). MEITS Co-Investigator Rory Finnin. Strand 1.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Ukrainian Identity since EuroMaidan: Presentation on multilingualism and civic national identity in Ukraine at Chatham House
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Rory Finnin (MEITS Co-Investigator). Improved educational and skill level of workforce. January 2017.
URL https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/ukrainian-identity-after-euromaidan-drivers-change-and-impact-ref...
 
Description Autistica Research Funding. MEITS Co-Investigators Jenny Gibson and Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6.
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Autistica 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 10/2018 
End 10/2021
 
Description Cambridge Humanities Research grants
Amount £11,634 (GBP)
Funding ID GN.GNDD.AHAS 
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 09/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account grant 2015. MEITS Co-Investigator Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6.
Amount £18,907 (GBP)
Funding ID GNAG/060 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account grant 2017. MEITS Co-Investigator Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6.
Amount £11,916 (GBP)
Funding ID GNAG/064 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 03/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Funding from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) towards the accommodation and travel costs for Early Career Researchers presenting at the Strand 2 "Global approaches to multilingualism and standardisation" Conference in April 2018 led by the MEITS PI
Amount € 1,500 (EUR)
Organisation Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Belgium, Kingdom of
Start 10/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Impact Grant. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. "The impact of language learning in early dementia on well-being, confidence and cognitive functions in patients, and on the satisfaction and empowerment of the carers" with partner Lingo Flamingo
Amount £13,649 (GBP)
Funding ID 294000 
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 05/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Knowledge Exchange Partnership. MEITS Co-Investigators Jenny Gibson and Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6.
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 10/2018 
End 10/2021
 
Description Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-Investigator) and Mariana Vega-Mendoza (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate). PPLS Small pilot projects. "Quantifying Language Switching Behaviour in Bi/Multilinguals"
Amount £2,944 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 02/2017 
End 08/2017
 
Description University of Edinburgh: MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Small project impact grant. "An audit of language questions in the census across different countries"
Amount £700 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 06/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description Black Sea Networks, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University. MEITS Co-Investigator Rory Finnin. Strand 1. 
Organisation Columbia University
Country United States of America 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise; academic input into questions of multilingualism and civil society (Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian, Russian) in contemporary Crimea.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise, intellectual input from Columbia University collaborators on questions of multilingualism in the broader Black Sea region, expanding scope and enriching research in Strand 1 of MEITS project.
Impact Workshops and teaching resources
Start Year 2017
 
Description Boping Yuan (MEITS Co-Investigator). Mandarin as a second language. Collaborations with Peking University (School of Chinese as a Second Language) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Lab of Bilingualism) 
Organisation Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department Faculty of Medicine
Country Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Boping Yuan provided expertise in Mandarin grammar and empirical studies of Mandarin learning to colleagues in Peking and Hong Kong.
Collaborator Contribution The partners are helping with data collection and expertise in Cantonese language/grammar, etc.
Impact No outputs/outcomes yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Boping Yuan (MEITS Co-Investigator). Mandarin as a second language. Collaborations with Peking University (School of Chinese as a Second Language) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Lab of Bilingualism) 
Organisation Peking University
Country China, People's Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Boping Yuan provided expertise in Mandarin grammar and empirical studies of Mandarin learning to colleagues in Peking and Hong Kong.
Collaborator Contribution The partners are helping with data collection and expertise in Cantonese language/grammar, etc.
Impact No outputs/outcomes yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum 
Organisation Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
PI Contribution Cambridge, 22 March 2017: Collaborative community event between the MEITS team and the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum, bringing together the wide range of local communities to celebrate multilingualism and share ideas of what it means to be multilingual in Cambridge today. As well as engaging conversations, performances and local food, the day comprised activities - including an interactive language map of Cambridge, a graffiti wall and multilingual board games - centered around sharing ideas of what it means to be multilingual for those living in Cambridge today. Cambridge, 19 November 2017: A day of performances including traditional dance, music and culture, bringing together a wide range of local communities to celebrate the diverse cultures and languages in the City. As part of its collaboration, the MEITS team ran a series of hands-on activities to engage audiences in questions relating to multilingualism and cultural identity. Adults and children alike joined us in discussing languages and took part in our always-popular 'Polyglot Pond' and 'Lost in Translation' activities.
Collaborator Contribution Getting communities involved in events.
Impact The March 2017 event offered much food for thought for future collaborations, while also providing a dynamic space for different linguistic communities to share and reflect on the collective and individual experiences. The November 2017 event celebrating cultural diversity in Cambridge was a great success with a turn-out estimated at some 300 people.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with the University of Girona to investigate the role of language(s) in identity construction amongst young people in Catalonia. Collaborator Francesc Feliu, Director of the Institute of Catalan Language and Culture. 
Organisation University of Girona
Country Spain, Kingdom of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise, knowledge of sociolinguistic fieldwork and methods, training of staff at the University of Girona
Collaborator Contribution Provided assistance with finding suitable participants in the study
Impact Article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal of international standing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Developing a bilingual primary school curriculum for St Jérôme Church of England Bilingual Primary School. MEITS Co-Investigator Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6. 
Organisation St. Jerome Bilingual Church Of England School
PI Contribution Training, discussion and consultancy on best practice for developing a bilingual French-English curriculum for primary school
Collaborator Contribution Full access to school to understand bilingual school practice, and participation to research
Impact Submission of a report on Best Practice for Biliteracy for St Jerome which informed the school's educational practice, report downloadable from: http://www.stjeromebilingual.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Paper-of-biliteracy-by-Cambridge-University.pdf
Start Year 2017
 
Description Language Lives creative writing workshops - Nottingham Writers' Studio (NWS) in collaboration with Nottingham City Council's IDEAL (Identity, Diversity and English as an Additional Language). MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland. 
Organisation Nottingham Writers' Studio
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland. Input into devising workshops with focus on challenges and opportunties of being multilingual.
Collaborator Contribution input in devising and running creative writing workshops.
Impact Provided a dynamic space for participants to share and reflect on their collective and individual experiences
Start Year 2017
 
Description Linda Fisher (MEITS Co-Investigator). Bergen University (Asta Haukas) 
Organisation University of Bergen
Country Norway, Kingdom of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Data gathering tools shared to facilitate future collaborations.
Collaborator Contribution Asta Haukas provided expertise to the team, commenting on questionnaires and research methodology. This is the equivalent of 10 working hours. The University of Bergen also funded flights/accommodation for Linda Fisher to give a paper and to discuss the project.
Impact No outputs/outcomes yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description Local Branch of Association of Independent Speech Language Therapists. MEITS Co-Investigators Jenny Gibson and Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6. 
Organisation Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice
PI Contribution Training, discussion and consultancy on best practice for multilingual children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at a meeting in Cambridge to share ideas about multilingualism and speech and language therapy practice. Around 8 participants for 2.5 hours.
Impact Therapists had input into our research designs. Therapists reported thinking had changed about taking children out of MFL lessons for language therapy.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Member of the Languages Advisory Group, British Academy. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett and MEITS Co-Investigator Janice Carruthers. 
Organisation The British Academy
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expert advice on language matters offered to the British Academy through its Languages Advisory Group by Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Janice Carruthers.
Collaborator Contribution Support for MEITS project policy work
Impact No outputs or outcomes yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description To what extent do the lower secondary school subjects Framandspråk (Foreign Languages) and Fordjupning i engelsk (English as an in-depth study topic) promote learners' development of a multilingual and multicultural identity? Professor Asta Haukas/MEITS Strand 4. 
Organisation University of Bergen
Country Norway, Kingdom of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Strand 4 tools will be adapted to the Norwegian context, faciliating comparative analysis; meetings between MEITS Co-Investigator Linda Fisher and Professor Asta Haukas (University of Bergen) in November 2017 and February 2018 to discuss details of collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Sharing of data to allow comparative analysis.
Impact No outputs/outcomes yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Cambridge-Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism. MEITS Co-I Boping Yuan. 
Organisation Chinese University of Hong Kong
Country Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Offering advice, expertise and collaboration with Hong Kong colleagues to achieve excellence in research in the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese across bilingual contexts and to form an international hub that nurtures young talents, scholarly exchanges and interdisciplinary collaboration by capitalizing on the combined research expertise of Cambridge and CUHK.
Collaborator Contribution Offering advice, expertise and collaboration with Cambridge colleagues to achieve excellence in research in the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese across bilingual contexts and to form an international hub that nurtures young talents, scholarly exchanges and interdisciplinary collaboration by capitalizing on the combined research expertise of Cambridge and CUHK.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2017
 
Description "Language Lives" creative writing workshops with local mulitlingual pupils (four held in 2017). MEITS Co-Investigator Nicola McLelland. Strand 2. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Nicola McLelland. 2 workshops with local "recent arrival pupils" (i.e. not yet in mainstream education, still acquiring English), leading to exhbition of written work and spoken word poem performance, presented at academic workshop July 2017 (http://www.meits.org/events/event/european-experiences-of-good-language-bad-language); 2 workshops (to date) with cohort of ca. 15 local pupils selected from four schools focussed on what it means to be multilingual. Outputs: 1 poster display (at same event as above) and a "zine".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description "Music, language and the arts: protest, empowerment and healing" Roundtable, Senator George J Mitchell Research Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's Belfast University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Mícheál Ó Mainnín, MEITS Co-Investigator, presented and discussed the Irish component of the MEITS project. Belfast, December 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description (Dis)articulating Identities: Multilingualism in the Catalan Countries. MEITS Strand 1. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 19-20 January, Strand 1 of the MEITS team hosted the conference '(Dis)articulating Identities: Multilingualism in the Catalan Countries' at King's College, Cambridge. The event brought together international scholars and practitioners across a broad range of disciplines and career stages in order to discuss the case of multilingualism and its particular implications within Catalan culture and society. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Rhiannon McGlade presented a paper entitled "Multilingual Mirth: Communicating the Comic in Catalonia".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/disarticulating-identities-multilingualism-in-the-catalan-countries
 
Description All Party Parliamentary Group on Languages, House of Lords. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A consultation event explaining the cognitive effects of language learning. Dina Mehmedbegovic and Thomas Bak, who did the report together were asked to write a report for the schools minister as the result of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Anne Rowling Clinic Open Day. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An open day for patients and carers, explaining Thomas's work on cognitive reserve and the way language learning and practice can contribute to it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Annual conference of the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. February 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett gave a talk entitled 'The MEITS programme' at the annual conference of the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association in Cambridge on 3 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ara.cat interview. MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. Interview with Catalonian journalist on breakdown of Northern Ireland regional assembly and the role of language, identity and language conflict in that.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
URL https://www.ara.cat/internacional/Belfast-desafia-lunionisme-Irlanda-Nord_0_1830416953.html
 
Description Article in Teachers' Magazine. MEITS Co-Investigator Jenny Gibson. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Jenny Gibson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Association of Language Learning Meeting in London. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brief presentation of the MEITS project by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller at primary and secondary school teachers and follow-up discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Scotland Brainwaves Interview. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview in the BBC Radio Scotland "Brainwaves" series (corresponding to the "Life scientific"; interview in 2017, on air in January 2018: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pz108
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pz108
 
Description Bilingualism and bias: the tale of the baby and the bath 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator, was invited to give a talk at the Conference on Multilingualism, University of Ghent, Belgium. September 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Blog post on Languages, Society and Policy Journal by ALL. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A blog post by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller on the ALL website advertising the new Languages, Society and Policy Journal and in particular, a policy paper by Prof Myles on Early Language Learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.all-languages.org.uk/news/primarynews/languages-society-policy-journal/
 
Description Breton and the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Merryn Davies-Deacon (MEITS PhD student on Strand 3) spoke at the Cornish Language Festival in Penzance in February 2017 and gave an overview of where Breton stands in relation to the provisions of the unratified ECRML and how this can be compared with the situation of Cornish, for which the charter has been ratified but few concrete steps have been taken by the British government. Merryn's talk formed part of the opening conference of the Cornish Language Festival, which is a week-long series of events aimed at bringing Cornish speakers together and allowing them to talk in and about Cornish. The Festival also plans to attract non-speakers with taster sessions, lectures and workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cornishquest.org
 
Description British- Irish Council conference: Adult learning of Indigenous, Minority and Lesser-used languages, and links with community, workplace and society. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Conference presentation by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy on the MEITS project with a specific focus on the work on Strand 3 related to Irish.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description British-Spanish Award ceremony at the Spanish Embassy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rhiannon McGlade (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate).
As a former recipient of the Anglo-Spanish Ferrovial award, Dr McGlade was invited to attend this event that brings together prominent members from cultural and business sectors in Spain to support collaborative multi-disciplinary and multilingual research. Dr McGlade was able to share the project's aims with a hitherto uninformed audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Language lessons on the NHS? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, event attended by ca. 80 people (the second highest attendence in the series). August 2016; after the show, Thomas was approached to write a blog for British Medical Journal, which later got published as a paper, and gave an interview to the Fringe Radio. http://codi.beltanenetwork.org/event/codi-2016-language-lessons-on-the-nhs/ & www.freshair.org.uk/teams/fringe/posts/2014-interview-thomas-bak-language-lessons-on-the-nhs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://codi.beltanenetwork.org/event/codi-2016-language-lessons-on-the-nhs/
 
Description Cambridge Research in Community Language Education (CRiCLE) & Cambridge Bilingual Groups - Workshop for community language teachers. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Karen Forbes. Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 2nd July 2017, a practical workshop for local community language teachers took place in Homerton College, Cambridge. This event was led by Dr. Karen Forbes, MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate on Strand 4, and highlighted the importance of supporting the development and maintenance of students' literacy skills in their home language. This interactive workshop also introduced practical ideas and activities which can be integrated into the community language classroom to help students to improve their writing. The workshop was attended by volunteers and teachers from a range of community language schools across Cambridge and London. Languages represented included Russian, Polish, Japanese, Greek, Hungarian and Bulgarian. This event was organised by members of Strand 4 in association with Cambridge Bilingual Groups and the Cambridge Research in Community Language Education (CRiCLE) network, which was established in the Faculty of Education by MEITS Co-Investigator Dr. Yongcan Liu in 2013.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/networks/cricle/
 
Description Cambridge Research in Community Language Education (CRiCLE) interdisciplinary workshop: Assessing Bilingual Learners. MEITS Co-Investigator Michael Evans. MEITS Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Michael Evans gave a talk on Assessing Bilingual Learners at a workshop organised by MEITS Co-Investigator Yongcan Liu in collaboration with the Cambridge Research in Community Language Education (CRiCLE) Network, bringing together community language practitioners, researchers, school teachers and local council representatives. The aim is to generate discussion and share evidence-based practice to support community language learners. 7 November 2017, Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/networks/cricle/
 
Description Catalonia in Context. MEITS Co-I Brad Epps. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Brad Epps. Public presentation and debate on ongoing constitutional crisis in Spain and Catalan separatism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/press/events/2017/11/cambridge-university-catalan-society-catalonia-contex...
 
Description Changing Hearts and Minds Towards Additional Language Learning in Instructed MFL Classrooms. MEITS Co-Investigators Yongcan Liu and Michael Evans. Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigators Yongcan Liu and Michael Evans gave a paper entitled "Changing Hearts and Minds Towards Additional Language Learning in Instructed MFL Classrooms" at a conference entitled Language, identity and education in multilingual contexts. The talk reported on preliminary findings of MEITS Strand 4. University of Dublin, Trinity College on 1 - 3 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://liemc18.wordpress.com/
 
Description Co-organisation of and paper on sociolinguistic research methodologies at cross-strand project workshop on methodology, Edinburgh, April 2017. MEITS Strands 3 & 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 26 and 27 April 2017 a joint Strands 3 & 6 workshop on Sociolinguistic and cognitive perspectives on bilingualism took place in Edinburgh, where each strand made a presentation. We welcomed Professor Li Wei from UCL as the guest speaker and he provided new insights from the British Academy project on bilingualism and cognition. In addition, there were short reports from collaborators in the Basque Country and Sweden. MEITS Co-Investigator Janice Carruthers co-organised this cross-strand workshop and gave a paper on sociolinguistic methodologies. As a result, the neuroscience strand of the project (Strand 6) are integrating a strong sociolinguistic dimension into their fieldwork methodology. There was a further follow-up workshop in Queen's, Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cognitive science of bilingualism in its social context 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator, was invited to give a talk at the Centre for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan. Oslo, Norway, February 2017. Ca 50 people attended with lively discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Community Languages for Identity, Mobility and Business: The CLIMB Project. MEITS Co-Investigator Yongcan Liu (Strand 4). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Yongcan Liu (Strand 4). Invited speaker at Speaking to A Global Future: The Languages Landscape Post-Brexit Symposium for the National Campaign for Languages. 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference in Ningbo, China: Language Standardization and Linguistic Variation in Asia from Sociolinguistic Perspectives. MEITS Strand 2. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland and MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Annette (Hui) Zhao organised the conference, which took place on 11-13 December 2017 at the University of Nottingham's Ningbo campus (UNNC) in China, with the assistance of Prof Anwei Feng and other colleagues at UNNC. The conference was organised to provide a platform for recent scholarship on language standardization and language diversity in Asian linguistic contexts, whilst encouraging multidirectional comparisons between situations in both Asia and the West. The conference featured four keynotes, Prof Anvita Abbi, Prof Imtiaz Hasnain, Dr Luo Lian, and Prof Minglang Zhou, who discussed the challenges and practices of language standardisation in different countries and communities. There were also 19 presentations from 20 presenters who are based in various institutions around the world. The conference covered not only various languages and communities in China but also those in Hawai'i, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand. In addition to the presenters, the conference attracted many local participants who joined in the discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/strand-2-conference-language-standardization-and-linguistic-variation...
 
Description Conference presentation, Reading: The influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associates Angela Gayton and Karen Forbes. MEITS Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associates Angela Gayton and Karen Forbes gave a presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners at the OWRI University of Oxford project's Creative Multilingualism conference entitled "Creative Multilingual Identities" which took place at The University of Reading on 2-3 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/creative-multilingualism-conference-2018-creative-multi...
 
Description Consultation of European Commission Directorate Culture and Education, Thematic Panel Languages and Literacy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator, was invited to participate in the panel in an advisory role.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Creative writing workshop for MEITS project team members. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Creative writing workshop for MEITS project team members to reflect creatively on their research areas. First in a planned series of these workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community (OWRI) and Translating Cultures workshop on 'Ethnography and Modern Languages: Critical Reflections' workshop. November 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contribution to a MEITS panel (Postdoctoral Research Associates Daniel McAuley (Strand 3), Deirdre Dunlevy (Strand 3) and John Bellamy (Strand 2), as well as MEITS Co-Investigator Janice Carruthers (Strand 3)) on ECR critical reflectons on ethnographic methods in modern languages research, as part of a one-day workshop on the same topic. The panel's views were welcomed and made a useful contribution to the wider debate. A position paper on ML and ethnography is planned as a result of the workshop. London, 04 November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/13911
 
Description CulTour interview. MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. Interview for a magazine in the Netherlands on breakdown of Northern Ireland regional assembly and the role of language, identity and language conflict in that.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Current debates surrounding bilingualism, brain and cognition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator, was invited to give a talk at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Ca 40 people attended with lively discussion afterwards. February 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DUP consultation re: Irish Language Act. MEITS Strand 3. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy and MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin consulted with members of the DUP about a potential Irish Language Act and what should be considered in the development of language legislation for Northern Ireland. Belfast, April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Debate over Irish language is central to power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy and Strand 3 MEITS Co-Investigator Mícheal Ó Mainnín published an article in The Conversation discussing the role of the Irish language in the current political negotiations in Northern Ireland. 14 June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/debate-over-irish-language-is-central-to-power-sharing-talks-in-northern...
 
Description Different languages, different perspectives: understanding our multilingual world as part of the 2017 Cambridge Festival of Ideas 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Saturday, 28 October, the MEITS project took part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, an annual two-week celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The MEITS contribution entitled 'Different languages, different perspectives: Understanding our multilingual world' included a series of short talks and a range of related interactive games that created a space for the public to reflect on issues associated with languages and multilingualism, both in the world and in relation to their direct surroundings and personal experiences with languages. The activities raised awareness of the various languages we use, the way we use them and what this tells us about who we are. All six strands were represented at the event, and there were talks by Professor Brad Epps, Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Dr Angela Gayton, Dr Linda Fisher, Dr Henriëtte Hendriks, and Dr Özge Öztürk. Topics addressed included the instrinsic relationship between language and culture, as explored through the case of Catalan; questions of codification and standardisation and why rule-breaking can sometimes be used to create group identity; the relationship between languages and identity as relevant for education and social cohesion; some of the reasons why we should learn languages, including health and well-being; and how best to learn languages and the various factors affecting the learning process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Directionality and the economy principle of L1 transfer in second language acquisition. MEITS Co-I Boping Yuan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Boping Yuan. This keynote speech was delivered at the 4th National Forum of Second Language Acquisition [in Chinese], Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, China, which was attended by university researchers and postgraduate students from different parts of China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2017
 
Description Directionality and the economy principle of L1 transfer in second language acquisition. MEITS Co-I Boping Yuan. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Boping Yuan. This keeynote speech was delivered at the 12th World Chinese Language Conference [in Chinese], National Jinan International University, Nantou, Taiwan, which was attended by researchers, teachers of Chinese and postgraduate students from all over the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Edinburgh Fringe Festival. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A sold-out show at the 2017 International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with the title "Does bilingualism make us ill?". Very positive audience feedback. Led to press enquiries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Edinburgh Science Festival. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A debate "From Séance to Science: Who is psychology's greatest hero". The person Thomas Bak proposed, Aleksandr Luria, a leading scientists on the topic of brain and language in 20th century won the audience vote. According to the immediate audience feedback, Thomas's presentation increased the awareness of how political and ideological climate and personal life history interact with science, in the particular context of the neuroscience of language.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Emito.net Interview. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview (in Polish) for emito.net, the largest on-line information website for the Polish diaspora in the UK. It is widely read also by non-academic audiences: http://www.emito.net/artykuly/dwujezycznosc_jako_lek_udowadniaja_to_badania_polaka_2171082.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.emito.net/artykuly/dwujezycznosc_jako_lek_udowadniaja_to_badania_polaka_2171082.html
 
Description Engagement with social media group. MEITS Co-Investigator Jenny Gibson and Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Jenny Gibson and Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk engaged with a special facebook group about bilingual children with neurodevelopmental disorders and answered their questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Commission Multilingualism Panel. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A keynote address to the panel. As a result of it, Thomas Bak's citation was selected as the motto to open a new leaflet about "Rethinking language education in schools": https://ec.europa.eu/education/sites/education/files/rethinking-language-report_en.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Language Council. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Added a new dimension of the cognitive effects of language learning to a debate about how to revive the interest in modern languages, with a particular emphasis on languages in science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Researchers Event. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A two-day event organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Parliament, in which school classes & members of public visited the MEITS stand, picked up information leaflets and asked questions. Conducted in different languages: English, French, Dutch, Polish, Serbocroat, Spanish, Portuguese. Italian. Particularly well received by immigrants and refugees. Both, children and adults reported being reassured that current research findings see their ability to speak their home language(s), alongside the language(s) of their new host countries as a benefit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European experiences of 'good' language, 'bad language', and (the) standard language ideology in multilingual communities, past and present. MEITS Strand 2. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On 6th and 7th July 2017, Strand 2 of the MEITS project played host to a workshop organised by strand lead Nicola McLelland at the University of Nottingham. The workshop, entitled 'One rule for home, one rule for school? European experiences of 'good' language, 'bad language', and (the) standard language ideology in multilingual communities past and present', brought together researchers working in diverse multilingual contexts across Europe in which questions of language standardisation and language ideologies are of central importance. Papers included a presentation by John Bellamy, one of the project's PDRAs. The workshop succeeded in showcasing a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to standard languages and standard language ideologies, raising questions of the sociopolitical roles of standards. Two podcasts were also recorded during the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/strand-2-workshop-european-experiences-of-good-language-and-bad-langu...
 
Description Exploring multilingualism and Identity: the benefits and challenges of a large interdisciplinary project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Janice Carruthers, MEITS Co-Investigator and Strand 3 Leader.
Plenary session: presentation of Strand 3 of the MEITS researchp project, contextualised within the whole project at the Association of University Language Centre's annual conference at Queen's Belfast University in January 2017. Daniel McAuley (Strand 3 MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate) and Merryn Davies-Deacon (Strand 3 PhD student) also took part in the discussion around the French element of Strand 3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/LanguageCentre/AULC2017/
 
Description Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Research Day. Postdoctoral Research Associate Yanyu Guo. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact MEITS Strand 5 presented their research at the FAMES Research Day, a yearly opportunity for FAMES teaching and research Fellows to present their current work to the faculty members and communicate with each other. Around 30 FAMES staff and 30 students (undergraduate & postgraduate) attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Foreign Film Review: La Reina de España, Fernando Trueba 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Rhiannon McGlade (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate). Response to a call from the AHRC website for a 100-word review of a recent foreign language film, which provided an opportunity to present the work on film to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/foreign-film-reviews/
 
Description German philology reborn? Multidisciplinarity, multilingualism, and the place of German linguistics in UK Modern Languages Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nicola McLelland, MEITS Co-Investigator, presented at the Association for German Studies' 2016 annual conference at the University of Newcastle in September 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ags.ac.uk/?page_id=76
 
Description How do academics from language disciplines engage with policy makers? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Nicola McLelland, MEITS Co-Investigator, introduced the MEITS project and MEITS Policy Journal "Languages, Society and Policy" (one-hour panel session) at this workshop for Language Studies Researchers at the University of Nottingham in November 2016. This one-day training workshop was open to all postgraduate students and early career researchers whose area of research is in language, history and culture. The session provided researchers with the opportunity to hear from academics in language studies who have engaged with a range of policy makers. The postgraduate students and early career reseachers then had the opportunity to develop your own research policy engagement action plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midlands3cities-policy-engagement-skills-training-how-languages-studi...
 
Description ICLaVE conference. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett gave an invited paper entitled "Modelling standardisation: Codification, prescription and purism." at ICLaVE conference in Malaga in June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Implications of Second Language (L2) Research Findings for L2 Chinese Teaching. 2017 European Chinese Language Teaching Conference. MEITS Co-Investigator Boping Yuan. Strand 5. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Boping Yuan. Over 100 school/university teachers of Chinese attended keynote speech delivered at the 2017 European Conference on Chinese Language Teaching, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford. 5&6 July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Implications of Second Language (L2) Research Findings for L2 Chinese Teaching. University College Dublin. MEITS Co-Investigator Boping Yuan. Strand 5. June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Boping Yuan. About 60 school teachers of Chinese in Ireland attended the talk, which was organized by the Confucius Institute of the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Integrating languages in the new curriculum in Wales: towards Bilingualism plus one. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. British Council, Cardiff. March 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett gave an invited talk entitled "New directions in research in language learning and the MEITS project" at Integrating languages in the new curriculum in Wales: towards Bilingualism plus one, British Council, Cardiff, March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Conference on the Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference presentation by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy entitled 'Attitudes towards the Linguistic Landscape and the use of public signage for language revitalization'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://icriml.indiana.edu/
 
Description International Mother Language Day. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Interview. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 21 February 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett gave a radio interview to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Polyglot Conference, Reykjavik. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at a conference organised entirely by people interested in language learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International forum for young linguists at Nanjing University. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Yanyu Guo. Strand 5. May 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This forum provided a platform for young researchers working on linguistics and facilitated communications and collaborations among sub-fields. 100 young researchers from 12 different countries were invited to attend the forum and present their current projects. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Yanyu Guo gave a talk about studies on L2 acquisition of Chinese and the work of MEITS Strand 5. Nanjing University, China, 27-29 May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview for "Sunday Times". MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview with Nicholas Hellen, printed in the Sunday Times; https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/learn-a-language-to-delay-dementia-zxr5bf06q
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/learn-a-language-to-delay-dementia-zxr5bf06q
 
Description Introducing MEITS at event on Bilingualism: Literacy and Cognition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk given as part of the 2016 Cambridge Festival of Ideas to present the research project to the general public and to invite ideas and possible collaborations. Cambridge, October 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote lecture for the European Commission Directorate Culture and Education, Thematic Panel Languages and Literacy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator. Keynote lecture. January 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote paper at Conference entitled 'Languages in Contact. New challenges for planning and policies'. MEITS Co-I Janice Carruthers. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Janice Carruthers gave a keynote address on strand 3's work on France (with some comments on Ireland). 'Language and Identity. Multiethnolects and minoritised languages in France and Ireland'. The conference was organised by the AHRC funded 'Cross Language Dynamics' OWRI project and SLORI (Slovenian research institute) in Gorizia, Italy. January 2018. The audience was a mixture of academics and the general public - the latter from Italy and Slovenia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://crosslanguagedynamics.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2018/02/12/event-report-languages-in-contact-new-chall...
 
Description LEGaSI workshops (Co-Operation Ireland). MEITS Co-Investigator Micheal O Mainnin and Postdoctoral Research Associate Deirdre Dunlevy. Strand 3. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Strand 3 delivered a workshop to the Legasi group of Co-Operation Ireland (members of the Protestant-Unionist-Loyalist community in Northern Ireland) about Irish heritage and language in Northern Ireland. Co-Investigator Micheal O Mainnin gave a presentation on language and identity in the Irish Republic (in preparation for a visit to the Irish parliament). This was followed by debate on multilingualism and the push for an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland (which is a subject of contention for the PUL community). A follow-up workshop took place at the request of the Legasi group to discuss placenames and languages in Northern Ireland. Co-Investigator Micheal O Mainnin gave a presentation on place-names and shared space in Northern Ireland with an emphasis on historical multilingualism involving Irish, Scots and English in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Language Abilities in Children with Autism (LACA) Meeting. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk gave a talk about the MEITS Project at the Language Abilities in Children with Autism (LACA) Meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/research-projects/i/50/27050.html
 
Description Language Learning in Primary Schools - why and how. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller presented the strand's findings about language learning in primary schools and the best conditions to achieve good results in this age group. The presentation included teaching ideas and provision of materials to be used in the primary school setting. It was attended by all teachers in one primary school in Shropshire. The school reported a desire to make changes to their provision of language teaching, such as more regular but shorter language lessons (3xweek of 15 min instead of 45 min once a week), the inclusion of more authentic materials and songs during assembly and the school choir.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Language, Place and Periphery presentation. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley on the connection between language and the city, attended by around 30-40 people in Copenhagen. Audience members enaged in productive discussion of similar issues in other global contexts and approached me for forther information on the MEITS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://nors.ku.dk/lapur/english/language-place-and-periphery/
 
Description Languages Improving Lives: What's the point of learning another language if you speak English? - Cambridge Alumni Festival 23 Sept 2017. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett presented the project and research at the 2017 University of Cambridge Alumni Festival on 23 September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Languages of Ulster television series. MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. Participation in a three-part series on the diverse linguistic heritage of Ulster/Northern Ireland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.open.edu/openlearn/watch-more%20http://www.open.edu/openlearn/languagesofulster?episode=1...
 
Description Launch of the new website "Healthy Linguistic Diet". MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A launch of a new website, containing information, blogs, examples of good practice in multilingualism etc. launched on the International Mother Language Day, 21/2/2018: http://healthylinguisticdiet.com/. Over 500 visitors (and over 750 visits) in the two weeks since the launch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://healthylinguisticdiet.com/
 
Description Leith Lab. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An event to explain science to general audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MEITS Chinese Linguistics and L2 Chinese Research seminars (2016-2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 28/10/2016: Yanyu Guo (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Acquiring double-marking structures: the case of aspectual marking in L2 Chinese. www.meits.org/events/event/Acquiring-double-marking-structures-the-case-of-aspectual-marking-in-L2-Ch

04/11/2016: Nana Huang (FAMES), L2 acquisition of Chinese Applicative-DOC and -DUC by English, Spanish and Korean speakers. www.meits.org/events/event/l2-acquisition-of-chinese-applicative-doc-and-duc-by-english-spanish-and-ko

18/11/2016: Woramon Prawatmuang (FAMES), Effects of L1 transfer and input availability on L2 acquisition: evidence from L2 Chinese and Thai. www.meits.org/events/event/effects-of-l1-transfer-and-input-availability-on-l2-acquisition-evidence-fr

25/11/2016: Manyun Liu (FAMES), Chinese Reflexives in L2 acquisition and L1 attrition. www.meits.org/events/event/chinese-reflexives-in-l2-acquisition-and-l1-attrition

10/02/2017: Woramon Prawatmuang (FAMES), L2 acquisition of Chinese and Thai nominal phrases. www.meits.org/events/event/l2-acquisition-of-chinese-and-thai-nominal-phrases

17/02/2017: Ruyi Dai (FAMES), Features in L2 Chinese Passives. www.meits.org/events/event/features-in-l2-chinese-passives

24/02/2017: Shanshan Yan (FAMES), Chinese sentence-final particles and their behaviour in L2 and heritage Chinese grammars. www.meits.org/events/event/chinese-sentence-final-particles-and-their-behaviour-in-l2-and-heritage-chi

03/03/2017: Tongkun Liu (FAMES), L2 Acquisition of the Interfaces in the Chinese Ba Construction. www.meits.org/events/event/interfaces-in-the-chinese-ba-construction

10/03/2017: Jingting Xiang (FAMES), Definiteness and Specificity in Mandarin, Cantonese and English NP. www.meits.org/events/event/definiteness-and-specificity-in-mandarin-cantonese-and-english-np

17/03/2017: Lilong Xu (FAMES), Overt and Covert Arguments in Chinese and their Acquisition by English Speakers. www.meits.org/events/event/Overt-and-Covert-Arguments-in-Chinese-and-their-Acquisition-by-English-Spea
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.meits.org/events
 
Description MEITS Chinese Linguistics and L2 Chinese Research seminars (2017-2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 03/11/2017: Yanyu Guo (MEITS PDRA), L3 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particles by English-Cantonese Bilinguals; 03/11/2017: Jingting Xiang, The L3 Acquisition of Definiteness & Specificity in Mandarin Chinese by English-Cantonese Bilinguals; 17/11/2017: Lilong Xu, Chinese Null and Covert Arguments and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars; 24/11/2017: Manyun Liu, The Processing of Mandarin Chinese Reflexives among Adult L2 Learners and Heritage Speakers; 26/01/2018: Yanyu Guo (MEITS PDRA), L3 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particles by English-Cantonese Bilinguals; 09/02/2018: Lilong Xu, Chinese Null and Covert Arguments and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars;
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events
 
Description MEITS Facebook account 2016-2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Account created in August 2016.

Period: 27 Sep 2016 - 8 Mar 2017
228 Lifetime Total likes (Page): The total number of people who have liked the MEITS Page. (Unique Users)
1466 Lifetime Post Organic Reach: The number of people who saw the MEITS Page post in News Feed or ticker, or on the MEITS Page's Timeline. (Unique Users)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/Multilingualism-Empowering-Individuals-Transforming-Societies-MEITS-1184564...
 
Description MEITS Facebook account 2017-2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Since 26 May 2017: All time "likes": 279 ; Post Organic Reach: 19726
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/Multilingualism-Empowering-Individuals-Transforming-Societies-MEITS-1537783...
 
Description MEITS Multilingualism seminars (2016-2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 27/10/2016: Afra Pujol Campeny, Code-switching in 13th-century Crown of Aragon. www.meits.org/events/event/contact-change-and-code-switching.

27/10/2016: Oliver Mayeux, Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of contact and change in an endangered creole. www.meits.org/events/event/contact-change-and-code-switching.

24/11/2016: Lisa-Maria Müller (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Disentangling typical bilingualism from bilingual language impairment. www.meits.org/events/event/evaluating-multilingualism-disentangling-bilingualism

24/11/2016: John Bellamy (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Evaluating multilingualism. A qualitative analysis of young people's comments on their linguistic repertoires and their lived experience of language. www.meits.org/events/event/evaluating-multilingualism-disentangling-bilingualism

19/01/2017: Karen Forbes (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Dynamic Interactions Between Strategy Development and Cross-Linguistic Transfer in Foreign and First Language (L1) Writing. www.meits.org/events/event/FL-L1-Transfer-of-Writing-Strategies-Bilingualism-and-Speech-and-Languag

19/01/2017: Özge Öztürk (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Bilingualism and Speech and Language Disorders. www.meits.org/events/event/FL-L1-Transfer-of-Writing-Strategies-Bilingualism-and-Speech-and-Languag

16/02/2017: Angela Gayton (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Classroom Intervention Strategies for Attitudinal Change towards Foreign Language Learning. www.meits.org/events/event/Double-marking-aspectual-structures-in-L2-Chinese-Strategies-for-Attitudin

16/02/2017: Yanyu Guo (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Double-marking aspectual structures in English speakers' L2 Chinese. www.meits.org/events/event/Double-marking-aspectual-structures-in-L2-Chinese-Strategies-for-Attitudin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.meits.org/events
 
Description MEITS Multilingualism seminars (2017-2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 04/05/2017: Draško Kašcelan (PhD student, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics), The effect of bilingualism on the distribution of ASD traits in a general sample of primary school children; 04/05/2017: Abhimanyu Sharma (PhD student, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics), Language Policy in Luxembourg: Possibilities and Challenges; 01/06/2017: Rhiannon McGlade (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Multilingual Mirth: Communicating the Comic in Catalonia; 01/06/2017: Eleonora Serra (PhD student, Department of Italian), New Speaker Paradigm in the Study of Language History: Florentines and Learners in Early Modern Italy; 19/10/2017: Aleksandra Goclawska (MEITS PhD student), No Man´s Country: Gender and Sexual Dissidence As Foreign Language in Maria-Mercè Marçal´s La Passió Segons Renée Vivien; 19/10/2017: Harper Staples (MEITS PhD student), The Complex Construction of Multilingual Identity: Exploring the dynamics between self and context in the process of L3 acquisition in four European sites; 16/11/2017: Isabelle Lorge (DTAL PhD student), Investigating pragmatic word learning in bilingual and monolingual children; 16/11/2017: Katie Howard (MEITS PhD student), Autism and bilingualism: a multi-informant study into the school experiences of EAL pupils on the autistic spectrum; 08/02/2018: Dieuwerke (Dee) Rutgers (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Key pedagogical principles for effective CLIL instruction in multilingual primary education settings; 08/02/2018: Ivan Kozachenko (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Multilingual Past - Monolingual Future? Language and National 'Imagination' in Ukraine since the Euromaidan Revolution; 01/03/2018: Lini Xiao, Indexicality, situated cognition, and heritage language socialisation: A linguistic ethnography; 01/03/2018: Dora Alexopoulou, Linguistic complexity in second language learning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events
 
Description MEITS Photo Exhibition "Understanding our Multilingual World" as part of the 2017 Being Human Festival - 17-25 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 17-25 November 2017, Belfast, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Nottingham hosted photo exhibitions on the theme of Understanding our Multilingual World as part of the Being Human Festival. Photographic contributions from individuals across the country were exhibited. These photographs displayed what multilingualism means to different people and their communities, and how it this can be represented visually. At these exhibition events, the project invited people to think about multilingualism, and how visible/invisible it is in their urban environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://modernlanguagesresearch.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2018/01/22/understanding-our-multilingual-world-bein...
 
Description MEITS Podcasts (2016-2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact September 2016: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator), Museum of Languages.

September 2016: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator), Introducing MEITS Part One.

September 2016: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator), Introducing MEITS Part Two.

January 2017: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator), Language learning and cultural, economic and social integration in the UK.

April 2017: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator) & Guest speakers, Strand 2 Workshop: The Emergence of Standard English in Multilingual Britain.

July 2017: Nicola McLelland (MEITS Co-Investigator) & Guest speakers, Strand 2 Workshop: European experiences of 'good' language, 'bad language', and (the) standard language ideology in multilingual communities, past and present
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.meits.org/media/audio
 
Description MEITS Podcasts (2017-2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact April 2017: Laura Wright, Podcast from the MEITS Strand 2 Workshop: The Emergence of Standard English in Multilingual Britain. July 2017: Nicola McLelland (MEITS Co-I), 2 Podcasts from the Strand 2 workshop: European experiences of 'good' language and 'bad' language. September 2017: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS PI), The need for a national languages policy in the UK - interview with Baroness Jean Coussins, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages. November 2017: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS PI), Understanding our Multilingual World: (Being Human Festival): photographer interviews in Cambridge. February 2018: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS PI), MEITS celebrates International Mother Language Day 21 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.meits.org/media/audio
 
Description MEITS Radio interviews (Thomas Bak) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Thomas Back (MEITS Co-Investigator), has conducted a number of radio Interviews with BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Northumberland, BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle, Voice of Russia and Public Radio International - 2.5 million listeners per week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description MEITS Radio interviews (Wendy Ayres-Bennett) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 22.01.2017: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator), Live radio interview with BBC West Midlands on the Masala programme to discuss questions of language, immigration and social cohesion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MEITS TV Interviews (Wendy Ayres-Bennett) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact March 2016: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator). Interview with Cambridge TV to introduce the MEITS research project. www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/professor-wendy-ayres-bennett-multi-lingualism/

October 2016: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator). Interview with Cambridge TV about pop-up National Museum of Languages. www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/professor-wendy-ayres-bennett-museum-of-languages/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description MEITS Twitter account 2016-2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 320 followers (Aug 2016 - March 2017).
66875 tweet impressions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://twitter.com/meits_owri?lang=en-gb
 
Description MEITS Twitter account 2017-2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1678 followers and 370300 impressions (March 2017 - Feb 2018)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/meits_owri?lang=en-gb
 
Description MEITS Videos (2016-2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact September 2016: Introductory video to the project by Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS Principal Investigator), Introducing Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.meits.org/media/video
 
Description MEITS and interdisciplinarity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Wendy Ayres-Bennett, MEITS Principal Investigator, presented to postgraduate students on how to put together an interdisciplinary research project at the AHRC DTP training session on 18/11/2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ahrcdtp.csah.cam.ac.uk/
 
Description MEITS blogs (2016-2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project has a fortnightly blog which informs the general public of its research activity and generates lively feedback.

19/09/2016: Karen Forbes (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Multilingual identity and foreign language learning. www.meits.org/blog/post/multilingual-identity-and-foreign-language-learning.

21/09/2016: Daniel McAuley (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Diversity, identity and multilingualism. www.meits.org/blog/post/diversity-identity-and-multilingualism.

09/11/2016: Mícheál Ó Mainnín (MEITS Co-Investigator), No Irish, please, we're Europeans! www.meits.org/blog/post/no-irish-please-were-europeans.

23/11/2016: Nicola McLelland (MEITS Co-Investigator), 'I am the circumflex'- language rules, language purity, and language rage. www.meits.org/blog/post/i-am-the-circumflex-language-rules-language-purity-and-language-rage.

07/12/2016: Özge Öztürk (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Bilingualism and Speech & Language Disorders. www.meits.org/blog/post/bilingualism-and-speech-and-language-disorders

20/12/2016: Lisa-Maria Müller (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), The Earlier the Better?. www.meits.org/blog/post/The-Earlier-the-Better.

04/01/2017: Rob Neal (ESRC-funded PhD student at the University of Cambridge working under the supervision of Michael Evans, MEITS Co-Investigator), Making Mandarin Massive. www.meits.org/blog/post/making-mandarin-massive

18/01/2017: Rory Finnin (MEITS Co-Investigator), Reality Check: Ukraine's Multilingualism. www.meits.org/blog/post/reality-check-ukraines-multilingualism.

01/02/2017: Angela Gayton (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Language learning in Anglophone contexts: myths and realities?. www.meits.org/blog/post/language-learning-in-anglophone-contexts-myths-and-realities.

15/02/2017: John Bellamy (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Spelling and the ongoing standardization of written norms. www.meits.org/blog/post/spelling-and-the-ongoing-standardization-of-written-norms.

01/03/2017: Ola Goclawska (MEITS PhD student), "We killed him for being chichipato": Fernando Vallejo's politics of linguistic standardization. www.meits.org/blog/post/we-killed-him-for-being-chichipato-fernando-vallejos-politics-of-linguistic.

15/03/2017: Yanyu Guo (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Is acquiring a second language like acquiring the first?. www.meits.org/blog/post/is-acquiring-a-second-language-like-acquiring-the-first.

30/03/2017: Deirdre Dunlevy (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), The Northern Ireland election and the Irish language. www.meits.org/blog/post/the-northern-ireland-election-and-the-irish-language.

18/04/2017: Napoleon Katsos (MEITS Co-Investigator), Early years language assessment: the role for EdTech. www.meits.org/blog/post/early-years-language-assessment-the-role-for-edtech.

10/05/2017: Mariana Vega-Mendoza (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), On the effects of bi-/multilingualism. www.meits.org/blog/post/on-the-effects-of-bi-multilingualism.

23/05/2017: Michael Evans (MEITS Co-Investigator), Language Terms. www.meits.org/blog/post/language-terms1.

07/06/2017: Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-Investigator), Healthy Linguistic Diet. www.meits.org/blog/post/healthy-linguistic-diet.

14/06/2017: Anne-Helene Halbout (MEITS Project Manager), Multilingualism à la française. www.meits.org/blog/post/multilingualism-a-la-francaise.

21/06/2017: Karen Forbes (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Language across the curriculum. www.meits.org/blog/post/language-across-the-curriculum.

05/07/2017: Daniel McAuley (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Linguistic diversity in Macron's France. www.meits.org/blog/post/linguistic-diversity-in-macrons-france.

18/07/2017: Merryn Davies-Deacon (MEITS PhD student), Why do new speakers matters?. www.meits.org/blog/post/why-do-new-speakers-matter.

02/08/2017: Linda Fisher (MEITS Co-Investigator), Which language should we teach in school?. www.meits.org/blog/post/which-language-should-we-teach-in-school.

16/08/2017: Harper Staples (MEITS PhD student), Bi- and Multilingualism: Defining the differences. ww.meits.org/blog/post/bi-and-multilingualism-defining-the-differences.

30/08/2017: Yongcan Liu (MEITS Co-Investigator), Mobilising and Releasing the Potential of Language Heritage for an Open World Post-Brexit. www.meits.org/blog/post/mobilising-and-releasing-the-potential-of-language-heritage-for-an-open-wor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.meits.org/blog
 
Description MEITS blogs (2017-2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project has a fornightly blog which informs the general public ot its research activity and generates lively feedback. 15/03/2017: Yanyu Guo (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Is acquiring a second language like acquiring the first?; 30/03/2017: Deirdre Dunlevy (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), The Northern Ireland election and the Irish language; 18/04/2017: Napoleon Katsos (MEITS Co-I), Early years language assessment: the role for EdTech; 10/05/2017: Mariana Vega-Mendoza (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), On the effects of bi-/multilingualism; 23/05/2017: Michael Evans (MEITS Co-I), Language terms; 07/06/2017: Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-I), Healthy Linguistic Diet; 14/06/2017: Anne-Helene Halbout (MEITS Project Manager), Multilingualism à la française; 21/06/2017: Karen Forbes (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Language across the curriculum; 05/07/2017: Daniel McAuley ((MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Linguistic diversity in Macron's France; 18/07/2017: Merryn Davies-Deacon (MEITS PhD student, Why do new speakers matter?; 02/08/2017: Linda Fisher (MEITS Co-I), Which language should we teach in school?; 16/08/2017: Harper Staples (MEITS PhD student), Bi- and Multilingualism: Defining the differences; 30/08/2017: Yongcan Liu (MEITS Co-I), Mobilising and Releasing the Potential of Language Heritage for an Open World Post-Brexit; 13/09/2017: Jenny Gibson (MEITS Co-I), Multilingualism: More than words; 25/09/2017: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS PI), A needle in a haystack? Seeking languages in government; 04/10/2017: Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-I), Education is much more than just going to school and bilingualism is an important part of it; 11/10/2017: Janice Carruthers (MEITS Co-I), 'A change is as good as a rest': MEITS strand 3 goes to Canada; 25/10/2017: Katie Howard (MEITS PhD student), Multilingual role models: engaging the disengaged; 08/11/2017: Henriette Hendriks (MEITS Co-I), Where is that native speaker?; 22/11/2017: Thomas Bak (MEITS Co-I), Why limited resource models are of limited use, particularly when it comes to languages; 06/12/2017: Dee Rutgers (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Stories of Multilingualism; 18/12/2017: Dina Mehmedbegovic,'Don't speak to me in our language, when you pick me up from school'; 08/01/2018: Angela Gayton (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate), Est-ce qu'il y a anybody out there (therethere)? Tackling the "echo chamber" in public engagement; 16/01/2018: Nicola McLelland (MEITS Co-I), Dipping a toe into language standards and variation in multilingual China; 21/02/2018: Merryn Davies-Deacon (MEITS PhD student), Minoritised languages on the internet;
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.meits.org/blog
 
Description MEITS website 2016-2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS website created in September 2016.

Reporting period: September 2016 - March 2017:
24,325 page views
7,009 sessions
3,821 users from 97 countries worldwide
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.meits.org/
 
Description MEITS website 2017-2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Reporting period: 15 March 2017 - 27 February 2018: Page views: 81,838; Sessions: 35,016; Users: 23,481 from 178 countries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.meits.org
 
Description Magazine/Journal discussions of MEITS research (Wendy Ayres-Bennett) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Newspaper coverage about the MEITS research project including The Times, The Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Belfast Telegraph, as well as some international papers (e.g. Pakistan Today, Malaysia Updates). This generated considerable feedback both in the press (e.g. 5.7K comments on the Daily Mail website, 13K Facebook "shares" from The Guardian) and on Twitter. Professor Ayres-Bennett also received a large number of emails and letters about the articles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Magazine/Journal discussions of MEITS researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kameleon jezykowy - rozmowa z. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Lisa-Maria Muller gave an interview to the Polish cultural magazine opinia.co.uk about the life of a multilingual, growing up with two languages and the MEITS project. http://opinia.co.uk/2016/10/25/kameleon-jezykowy-rozmowa-z-lisa-maria-muller/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://opinia.co.uk/2016/10/25/kameleon-jezykowy-rozmowa-z-lisa-maria-muller/
 
Description Multilingual (Con)figurations: Catalan and Ukrainian in Dialogue. MEITS Strand 1. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Strand 1-led event, Multilingual (Con)figurations: Catalan and Ukrainian in Dialogue offered a rare opportunity for collaboration between leading international scholars in both Catalan and Ukrainian Studies. This very well-attended interdisciplinary workshop held at King's College, Cambridge on 24 March 2017, saw papers presented on: a remapping of Emily Apter's 'Translation Zone' to the Catalan-speaking territories (Helena Buffery, UCC); State language policy and linguistic rights in Ukraine (Michael Moser, University of Vienna); Ukraine's rich and linguistically diverse literary heritage (Uilleam Blacker, UCL); multilingualism in Catalan literature (Jordi Cornellà, University of Glasgow); representations in documentary films of the 'other' languages in Catalonia (Antonio Monegal, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and language and Ukrainian national identity (Tanya Zaharchenko, University of Oslo). This diverse dialogue acted as the first step in opening the way towards a deeper understanding of the implications of multilingualism for minority languages and their related cultural identities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/strand-1-workshop-multilingual-configurations-catalan-and-ukrainian-i...
 
Description Multilingual Digital Authorship Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The inaugural symposium of The Creative Web of Languages (an event organised by MEITS Flexible Funding awardee Erika Fulop). This symposium was the inaugural event of The Creative Web of Languages, a two-year project funded by the 'Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies' AHRC Open World Research Initiative. The project aims to bring together researchers and artists across languages and specialisms to enable a rich dialogue and a comparative approach. 8&9 March 2018, Lancaster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/multilingual-digital-authorship
 
Description Multilingualism and the Irish Language: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies - Carntogher Community Development Association. MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. Strand 3. April 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin presented the MEITS project and Strand 3 research (identity, diversity and social cohesion) in the context of this association's work in developing a new Irish-speaking community in a rural setting. April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) - Project Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog post by Lisa-Maria Müller (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate) describing the context, research questions and aims of the MEITS project. The Philological Society Blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://blog.philsoc.org.uk/page/4/
 
Description Networking at an event held at the Embassy of Luxembourg in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Bellamy (MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate) networked at the Embassy of Luxembourg in London. The most significant outcome was creating awareness of the MEITS project and its aims amongst the ambassador, dignitaries and other attendees at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://londres.mae.lu/en/Social-and-Cultural-Activities2/Exhibition-Earth-Rock-and-Soul-by-Ms-Fabien...
 
Description Participatory Research Training. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk presented her research project and participated in a workshop at UCL about how to conduct participatory research involving autistic people around their interests and needs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science. MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation with a subsequent discussion. Increased the audience's interest in the subject.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Polish Britain - Multilingualism and diaspora community Conference - MEITS Strand 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A one-day international conference provided scholars and practitioners with the opportunity to present research findings and to share their experiences of Polish communities worldwide and multilingualism in Poland. It was convened by Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies, and Edyta Nowosielska, Lector in Polish, both from the University of Cambridge. The conference comprised of four panel and a final discussion. Papers were given by Thomas Bak, Co-Investigator, and by Lisa-Maria Muller, PDRA. A full conference programme can be accessed via this link: https://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/polish/multilingualism. Current challenges and future opportunities for the development of the Polish language and its role in the multilingual world were discussed during the final part of the conference. More than one hundred people attended the conference, providing very positive feedback with one of the attendees stressing that the conference 'has broadened my understanding of multilingualism' and that 'there is a crying need for sharing awareness about the benefits of multilingualism in the public eye and with policymakers'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/polish/multilingualism
 
Description Presentation and round table discussion on 'The added value of a bilingual education' with UK bilingual schools Headteachers. MEITS Co-Investigator Napoleon Katsos and Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr N Katsos and Dr Ozturk gave a short presentation on the state-of-the-art research findings on the social and cognitive advantages of raising a child to be bilingual, which was followed by a round-table discussion with the Headteachers of 9 bilingual primary schools in the UK. The discussion concluded with a plan for futher presentations to teachers and parents at the individual schools and produced recommendations for further research and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to interest groups and stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Micheal O'Mainnin and Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigators.
Discussion and presentation of the MEITS research project to Irish language stakeholders/interest groups, An Chultúrlann, in Belfast in January 2017 (Strands 3 & 6).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation, Norway: The influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning. MEITS Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation given by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Karen Forbes to a group of researchers and practitioners at Østfold University College, Halden, Norway on 15th June 2017. An overview was provided of the MEITS project and in particular the Education strand focusing on the influence of multilingual identity and language learning. This led to interesting questions and discussions surrounding language and identity in a range of international contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presenting MEITS to the University Council for Modern Languages plenary day "OWRI and beyond: the future of Modern Languages Research in the UK". MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the Modern Languages community were informed about MEITS research and were encouraged to engage with the project's research and engagement activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presidential lecture at the Philological Society. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett gave the presidential lecture entitled "'Standards, norms and prescriptivism'" at the Philological Society in Cambridge in June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public Lecture, University of Swansea, March 2017. MEITS Co-I Janice Carruthers. Strand 3. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Janice Carruthers gave a public Lecture at the University of Swansea, attended by academics from a range of disciplines and members of the general public. Lecture presented the MEITS project, followed by detailed discussion of strand 3's work on France and Ireland. Title: Multilingualism in Contemporary Society. Challenges and Benefits. Swansea, March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description QUB Research Showcase presentation. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley. Strand 3. May 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley represented the MEITS project at a one-day showcase of research in Modern Languages at Queen's Belfast; the audience included staff and students from a range of diciplines, and sparked interested and lively discussion around issues of language and identity. May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ael/Discover/events/EventsArchive/CDRGModernLanguagesShowcase.html
 
Description RCSLT Ask the Experts Bulletin. MEITS Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article entitled "How does multilingualism affect the communication of children with neurodevelopmental disorders?" published in the monthly RCSLT Bulletin magazine, the official magazine of The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, volume N/A, issue 791, pp 26 - 28, ISSN: 1466-173X. Written by MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk with Co-Investigators Jenny Gibson and Napoleon Katsos, and MEITS PhD student Katie Howard. The Bulletin features clinical articles, recruitment and course advertising for speech and language therapists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research in Second Language Education Group (SLEG) MEITS seminar series presentations - Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 1. "The Influence of Multilingual Identity on Foreign Language Learning": Presentation by MEITS Co-Investigators Linda Fisher, Michael Evans and Yongcan Liu, and MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associates Karen Forbes and Angela Gayton on 12 October 2017. This presentation provided an overview of the Education strand of the MEITS project, which investigates how multilingualism, and the extent to which one identifies as multilingual, influence additional language learning. The research charts the development of multilingual identity, by which we mean individuals' explicit understandings of themselves as users of more than one language, and focuses on the secondary school foreign language classroom as the context for the construction of multilingual identity. 2. "Multilingualism in foreign language learning: students' and teachers' perspectives in the Norwegian context": Presentation by project partner Dr. Åsta Haukås (University of Bergen) on 8 November 2017. 3. "Multilingual practices and attitudes among university students in Europe and the US: implications for the teaching of languages": Presentation by Prof Anne Pauwels (SOAS, University of London) on 29 January 2018. 4. "Language and identity in the new Latino diaspora": Presentation by Prof Stanton Wortham (Boston College) on 6 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2017
URL https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/graduate/masters/themes/secondlanguage/
 
Description Researching Language in the City: exploring methodological and theoretical concepts. MEITS Strand 3. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 3 International workshop on 'Language in the City' led by researchers at the University of Southampton, funded by the MEITS project, which brought together researchers from across the OWRI projects (included participation from Translating Cultures and presentations from strand 2 and 3 of the MEITS project explored perceptions of speech varieties in the urban contexts of Luxembourg and France), and established new collaborative opportunities. Southampton, 2&3 June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scottish Dementia Conference (targetting professionals as well as carers and relatives of patients with dementia). MEITS Co-Investigator Thomas Bak. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An information stand and presentations of joint work with the social enterprise Lingo Flamingo, offering language classes to dementia patients and their carers,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Society for French Studies 58th Annual Conference, July 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Members of strands 2 and 3 working on sociolinguistic approaches to multilingualism in French and francophone contexts presented their research as part of the Society for French Studies' annual conference in Durham on the 4th of July, providing an opportunity to publicise the MEITS project to the wider academic community (MEITS PrincipaI Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Co-Investigator Janice Carruthers (Strand 3), Postdoctoral Research Associate John Bellamy (Strand 2), Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley (Strand 3) and PhD student Merryn Deacon-Davies (Strand 3)). Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Janice Carruthers began the panel with an overview of the project and the work being carried out in strands 2 and 3. Their paper was entitled "Contextualising Multilingualism in a Francophone Setting". Postdoctoral research fellows Daniel McAuley and John Bellamy presented findings from fieldwork with teenagers in superdiverse urban contexts in France and multilingual speakers in Luxembourg respectively, while PhD student Merryn Davies-Deacon spoke on the presence of standard and non-standard Breton on the internet. Questions from the audience encouraged the consideration of wider contextual issues, relating in particular to the domains of music and film. French Studies Conference, Durham, 12 July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
URL http://www.sfs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/SFS-Durham-programme-final-002.pdf
 
Description Speak to the Future Symposium, Language Show Live, London October 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 13 October 2017, the Language Show in London hosted the "Speaking to a Global Future" Symposium, organised by Speak to the Future in association with Rosetta Stone. In a series of keynote talks and discussion panels, the symposium brought together government officials, academics, and language learners. The programme of the day featured MEITS Principal Investigator Prof Wendy Ayres-Bennett and MEITS Co-Investigator Dr Thomas Bak, representing the MEITS project. Prof Ayres-Bennett's talk was entitled "Where to next with language policy?" and Thomas Bak presented on the cognitive benefits of multilingualism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Standards, normes et prescription linguistique - 4th International Conference of the Société Internationale de Diachronie du Français. MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett. Neuchâtel, January 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Principal Investigator Wendy Ayres-Bennett gave an invited plenary lecture at the 4th International Conference of the Société Internationale de Diachronie du Français in Neuchâtel in January 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://diachronie.org/colloques/colloque-sidf-neuchatel-2018/
 
Description Talk and open floor discussion at the University of Cologne, as part of a week-long series of lectures on language development and processing by monolingual and bilingual children and adults. MEITS Co-Investigator Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Katsos gave a lecture on monolingual and bilingual language development to a group of graduate students and academic professionals at the University of Cologne who were attending the week-long Experimental Pragmatics in Germany (XPRAG.DE) Annual Meeting and Methods Workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.xprag.de/?page_id=5031
 
Description Talk and open floor discussion at the University of Reading, Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. MEITS Co-Investigator Napoleon Katsos. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Katsos was invited to present an overview of current research in language development in multilingual children. The audience included academic professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate students, (non-academic) Speech and Language Therapists, and members of the general public (parents).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tenth Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film. MEITS Co-Investigator Rory Finnin. Strand 1. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dovzhenko's silent classic is one of the world's first anti-war films. It follows Tymish Stoyan, a Ukrainian soldier who returns home from the front in the First World War to find revolution engulfing his homeland and a This two-day festival showcased a host of classic and contemporary films in the Ukrainian and Russian languages. It featured a screening of Oleksandr Dovzhenko's classic film Arsenal with an accompanying brochure by MEITS Co-Investigator Rory Finnin detailing the silent film's 'multilingualism'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://issuu.com/cambridgeukrainianstudies/docs/arsenal_20guide_20cover
 
Description The 15th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Yanyu Guo. Strand 5. June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Conference provided a great opportunity for local and international scholars and professionals around the world to exchange their cutting-edge research and practical teaching experiences concerning international Chinese teaching and learning in Higher Education. More than 100 Chinese language teachers and researchers from different countries attended this conference. MEITS strand 5 members presented their on-going project entitled 'Language Learning Across the Lifespan--Studies of L2 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particles' at this event. Southampton, 28-30 June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Emergence of Standard English in Multilingual Britain. MEITS Strand 2. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This Strand 2 workshop, organised by Laura Wright, took place on 20&21 April 2017 at the University of Cambridge. It was a valuable opportunity for a diverse group of academics to present and exchange their latest research on the history of English from a multilingual perspective. The researchers sought to advance the discussion of the standardization of English beyond traditional approaches which tend to focus on more rigid categorizations of historical texts into assumed distinct languages (such as English, Latin and French), thereby embracing a more flexible view which recognizes the more disordered linguistic reality surrounding the historical development of languages in multilingual contexts. Cambridge, 20&21 April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and Heritage. MEITS Strand 5. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and Heritage was held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 18-19 December 2017. It was an inaugural conference that officially launched the newly established University of Cambridge-Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism (JLB). Dr Boping Yuan (Co-investigator on strand 5), Dr Yongcan Liu (Co-investigator on strand 4) and Dr Yanyu Guo (Postdoctoral Research Associate on strand 5) were invited to present their research and on-going MEITS projects at this event. The conference featured two panels that attracted a wide ranging audience from diverse disciplines, as well as the general public. The event brought together researchers and practitioners from various countries including Australia, UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore, to give an international perspective on issues in nurturing bilingualism in early childhood and heritage bilingualism across diverse contexts. The joint lab stimulates new collaborative opportunities and marks an important step forward in the study of the acquisition of Chinese across the lifespan, which is a main research topic of MEITS strand 5 project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The MEITS project and language policy in Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Micheal O'Mainnin, MEITS Co-Investigator, gave a paper at the "Negotiating the language barrier: community, identity and conflict transformation" interdisciplinary colloquium at the Senator George J Mitchell Research Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, at Queen's Belfast University in September 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://cmst4.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/isctsj/Research/InterdisciplinaryResearchGroups/Negotiating...
 
Description The Value of Languages 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Wendy Ayres-Bennett, MEITS Principal Investigator, was invited to present the MEITS project at the Second Language Education Group - Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, in Oct 2016. The audience included local teachers, trainee teachers and local stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/graduate/masters/themes/secondlanguage/
 
Description The Value of Languages: Towards a UK Strategy for Languages (Wendy Ayres-Bennett) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at the Faculty of Education presenting the project and the policy implications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description The value of languages in Higher Education and beyond 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Wendy Ayres-Bennett, MEITS Principal Investigator, was invited to give a plenary paper at the 2016 "Languages in Higher Education Conference" in Warwick (July 2016), where there was an audience engaged in the promotion and teaching of Modern Languages nationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.llas.ac.uk/conf2016
 
Description The world of language, Languages of the world. MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland. 10 Modern Foreign Language teachers attended, and 14 others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.esrcmanchesterfest.ac.uk/events/world-language-languages-world/
 
Description Translation and Censorship 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Rory Finnin, MEITS Co-Investigator, presented on Soviet Ukrainian multilingual translation as means of obviating censorship. Cambridge, February 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/26903
 
Description Trastornos de lenguaje entre mente, comportamiento y sociedad (Disorders of language between mind, behaviour and society) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thomas Bak, MEITS Co-Investigator.
Grupo de Investigacion en Neurocience de Segovia, Segovia, Spain. Ca 80 people attended with lively discussion afterwards. February 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Two Souls of Revolution' Literary Evening. MEITS Co-Investigator Rory Finnin. 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The 'Two Souls of Revolution' Literary Evening consisted of artistic performances and literary readings of texts in the original language(s) and in English translation. The readings were performed by MEITS Co-Investigator Rory Finnin and the students and academic staff of Cambridge's Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. It featured a special performance and presentation by graphic artists Mikhai Tymoshenko and Kyrylo Horishnyi, the minds behind the first graphic novel based on a work of Ukrainian literature, Ivan Franko's Heroi ponevoli. It also featured readings of poems by Vasyl Chumak, Pavlo Tychyna, Vladimir Maiakovskii and more. Approximately 55 members of the student body and general public attended, and discussions about Russian-Ukrainian bilingualism during the revolutionary period of 1917-18 ensued, with many attendees reporting a change in view about the complexity of what is too reductively understood as the 'Russian Revolution'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://issuu.com/cambridgeukrainianstudies/docs/vsesvit_readings_programme_7
 
Description What I want to say is" - finding meaning in language: creative writing workshop as part of Being Human Festival of the Humanities, held at Meadows Library, Nottingham. MEITS Co-Investigator Nicola McLelland. Strand 2. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Creative writing workshop with local adults led by Nottingham Writers Studio tutors, leading to a spoken word performance in the library.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/arts/news-events/being-human.aspx
 
Description Workshop at Westminster University. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Ozge Ozturk gave a talk about the MEITS Project at Westminster University - Developing Pathways To Impact: A Training Workshop For Early Career Researchers In Bi-/Multilingualism And Education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.westminster.ac.uk/events/developing-pathways-to-impact-a-training-workshop-for-early-car...
 
Description Workshop with independent Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs). MEITS Co-Investigator Jenny Gibson and PDRA Ozge Ozturk. Strand 6. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MEITS Co-Investigator Jenny Gibson and PDRA Ozge Ozturk presented Strand 6 research at a workshop with 9 independent SLTs working in the region. These contributed to further research ideas and expressed interest in helping out with recruitment for the MEITS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description iMean presentation. MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact MEITS Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel McAuley presented on borrowed discourse markers across languages at UWE Bristol, attended by an international audience who engaged in discussion about this research and the project in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/bristolcentreforlinguistics/events/i-meanconference/previousconf...