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

10 25 50
 
Title 2018 Cambridge Festival of Ideas 
Description Strand 3 PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy recorded and edited a video of the MEITS event for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2018 to be disseminated via the MEITS website and social media channels. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Impacts not known at present. 
URL http://www.meits.org/events
 
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. Strand 6 MEITS Co-Investigators Jenny Gibson and Napoleon Katsos.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Area of influence = Healthcare
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 House of Lords High Level Round Table with Employers on Chinese language skills. MEITS Strand 2 Co-I Nicola McLelland.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
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 Modern Languages and Mentoring: Supporting Digital Learning across Language Communities in Wales
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL http://www.meits.org/files/policy_documents/uploads/Report_for_Literacy%2C_Languages_and_Communicati...
 
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 Office of National Statistics (discussing census and agreement that will collaborate on guidelines and find other ways of collecting language data). MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Strand 6 Co-I Thomas Bak.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Changes in efficiency and effectiveness of public service delivery.
 
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 Briefing on Community Languages and Social Cohesion. 2018. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This briefing document provides core information and details of resources on Community Languages for academics, policymakers and practitioners and highlights ways in which policy might support Community Languages. The term 'Community Languages' is used here to refer to the languages of the various immigrant communities in the UK, both longstanding and more recent.
URL http://www.meits.org/files/policy_documents/uploads/POLICYBRIEFINGCOMMUNITYLANGUAGES.docx.pdf
 
Description Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Following a successful second policy workshop in December 2018 in Belfast, bringing together policymakers and academics from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Wendy Ayres-Bennett, PI of MEITS, and Janice Carruthers, AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages, have published a new Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK. Based on a comparative analysis of policy and practice across the four UK jurisdictions, recommendations are made for primary and secondary languages education, as well as for improving transition between the two, which has been highlighted as particularly problematic for foreign language learning.
URL http://www.meits.org/files/policy_documents/uploads/Policy_Briefing_on_Modern_Languages_Educational_...
 
Description Policy Workshop on Languages and Social Cohesion with policymakers and academic specialists. Cambridge, December 2017. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact This workshop brought together researchers and civil servants from across the UK to discuss policy issues concerning community and indigenous languages, and questions of social and community cohesion.
URL http://www.meits.org/files/policy_documents/uploads/POLICYBRIEFINGCOMMUNITYLANGUAGES.docx.pdf
 
Description Policy event in Westminster. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Changed public attitudes on social issues.
 
Description Policy workshop with civil servants and academics on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK, Queen's University Belfast, December 2018. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact This workshop, organised as part of a five-way partnership between the AHRC, the British Academy, ASCL, the British Council, and UUK, brought together researchers and civil servants from across the four UK jurisdictions to discuss language educational policy from primary to secondary level, with a strong comparative dimension. Examples of best practice and common problems were shared and continuing collaboration was planned.
URL http://www.meits.org/files/policy_documents/uploads/Policy_Briefing_on_Modern_Languages_Educational_...
 
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
Impact Please see pp 26-29.
URL https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxuYXBvbGVvbmthdHNvc3xneDoxZDUzM...
 
Description Round Table on Languages in Higher Education. MEITS Strand 2 Co-I Nicola McLelland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
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
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
Start 09/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Conference grant: funds towards the organisation of the conference "Languages in Conflict and Reconciliation". Queen's University Befast Modern Languages Core Disciplinary Research Group. MEITS Strand 3.
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Queen's University Belfast 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2019
 
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
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
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
Start 10/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Funding towards cost of the conference "Languages in Conflict and Reconciliation" in Belfast in Janury 2019.
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Queen's University Belfast 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2019
 
Description Funding towards cost of the workshop "Grammatical Issues of the Chinese Language for Teachers of Chinese" in Cambridge in July 2018.
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Department Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2018
 
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
Start 05/2017 
End 03/2019
 
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
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
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
Start 06/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description Alzheimer Scotland. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza and Co-I Thomas Bak. 
Organisation Alzheimer Scotland
Department Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research input (co-design of project, testing, analyses, write ups)
Collaborator Contribution Offering facilities for carrying our courses and testing, participant recruitment
Impact Part of the ESRC grant collaborators
Start Year 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 
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 
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 
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. Cambridge, 18 November 2018: Celebrating cultural diversity in Cambridge: Members of the MEITS team took part in the 'Diversity Day 2018' at Netherhall School, an event co-ordinated by one of our project partners, the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (https://www.cecf.co.uk). This was one of a number of successful collaborations with the CECF designed to celebrate and raise awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity within the city. This year, in addition to a number of hands-on activities, such as the always-popular 'Polyglot Pond' and 'Language Families', with the support of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, MEITS invited the Night Train Theatre Company (https://www.nighttraintheatrecompany.com/) to perform a bilingual fragment from the play Maklena. This 1933 play by the Ukrainian author Mykola Kulish was translated and produced by Maria Montague. The performance was well received by the audience. More than 250 people attended the event, and the MEITS team was able to use this exciting opportunity to engage with a diverse audience to highlight various aspects of multilingualism and cultural identities. Cambridge, 20 February 2019: Celebrating Multilingualism in Cambridge: this event brought together the wide range of local communities to celebrate multilingualism in the City. As well as engaging conversations and performances, the activities on the day - including an interactive language map of Cambridge and a number of activities from MEITS Pop-Up Museum - facilitated sharing ideas on what it means to be multilingual for those living in Cambridge today.
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 3 MEITS Flexible funding awardees 
Organisation Bangor University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 3 news awards were made in 2018 under the MEITS Flexible Funding scheme. 1. Translation as Creative Critical Practice, Dr Delphine Grass, Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University. Through a series of workshops and the development of different creative translation methods across media (poetry, literature and film), this project investigates the potential for translation to stimulate creative approaches to the reading and interpretation of texts. By bringing together practising poets, writers, students and non-professional practitioners, its aims are to explore and develop the practice of translation as a method of creative-critical writing, and to design pedagogical tools for its teaching in a wide range of contexts. 2. The Translations of T. Ifor Rees: Approaching Welsh-Hispanic Cultural Relations in the Twentieth-Century, Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, School of Literatures, Languages and Linguistics, Bangor University. The project looks anew at the literary work of career diplomat T. Ifor Rees (1890-1977) who, while best known for his Latin America travel books, lavishly illustrated with his own photographs, also left behind a rich legacy of multilingual translations (from French, English and Spanish into Welsh). Studying these will provoke new understandings of how translation across many languages influenced discourses of language preservation and the exotic, both in Welsh-language culture and further afield. 3. How do sign language learners' language attitudes towards minority languages evolve over the course of learning a sign language?, Dr Jordan Fenlon, Dr Stacey Webb, Prof. Jemina Napier, Dept of Languages & Intercultural Studies, Heriot-Watt University. This project will investigate how language attitudes displayed by sign language students at Heriot-Watt University change over the course of learning a sign language. Students will be asked a range of questions designed to elicit their opinions on sign language use before and after a deaf community placement (e.g., what constitutes 'good' or 'bad' use of sign language). Responses from different stages of the course will be compared and the impact of current teaching practices on language attitudes will be explored.
Collaborator Contribution Beginning in early 2019, the projects will foster innovation in research-led teaching and support curriculum change in modern languages in higher education.
Impact Unknown at this stage
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with 3 MEITS Flexible funding awardees 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 3 news awards were made in 2018 under the MEITS Flexible Funding scheme. 1. Translation as Creative Critical Practice, Dr Delphine Grass, Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University. Through a series of workshops and the development of different creative translation methods across media (poetry, literature and film), this project investigates the potential for translation to stimulate creative approaches to the reading and interpretation of texts. By bringing together practising poets, writers, students and non-professional practitioners, its aims are to explore and develop the practice of translation as a method of creative-critical writing, and to design pedagogical tools for its teaching in a wide range of contexts. 2. The Translations of T. Ifor Rees: Approaching Welsh-Hispanic Cultural Relations in the Twentieth-Century, Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, School of Literatures, Languages and Linguistics, Bangor University. The project looks anew at the literary work of career diplomat T. Ifor Rees (1890-1977) who, while best known for his Latin America travel books, lavishly illustrated with his own photographs, also left behind a rich legacy of multilingual translations (from French, English and Spanish into Welsh). Studying these will provoke new understandings of how translation across many languages influenced discourses of language preservation and the exotic, both in Welsh-language culture and further afield. 3. How do sign language learners' language attitudes towards minority languages evolve over the course of learning a sign language?, Dr Jordan Fenlon, Dr Stacey Webb, Prof. Jemina Napier, Dept of Languages & Intercultural Studies, Heriot-Watt University. This project will investigate how language attitudes displayed by sign language students at Heriot-Watt University change over the course of learning a sign language. Students will be asked a range of questions designed to elicit their opinions on sign language use before and after a deaf community placement (e.g., what constitutes 'good' or 'bad' use of sign language). Responses from different stages of the course will be compared and the impact of current teaching practices on language attitudes will be explored.
Collaborator Contribution Beginning in early 2019, the projects will foster innovation in research-led teaching and support curriculum change in modern languages in higher education.
Impact Unknown at this stage
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with 3 MEITS Flexible funding awardees 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 3 news awards were made in 2018 under the MEITS Flexible Funding scheme. 1. Translation as Creative Critical Practice, Dr Delphine Grass, Department of Languages & Cultures, Lancaster University. Through a series of workshops and the development of different creative translation methods across media (poetry, literature and film), this project investigates the potential for translation to stimulate creative approaches to the reading and interpretation of texts. By bringing together practising poets, writers, students and non-professional practitioners, its aims are to explore and develop the practice of translation as a method of creative-critical writing, and to design pedagogical tools for its teaching in a wide range of contexts. 2. The Translations of T. Ifor Rees: Approaching Welsh-Hispanic Cultural Relations in the Twentieth-Century, Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, School of Literatures, Languages and Linguistics, Bangor University. The project looks anew at the literary work of career diplomat T. Ifor Rees (1890-1977) who, while best known for his Latin America travel books, lavishly illustrated with his own photographs, also left behind a rich legacy of multilingual translations (from French, English and Spanish into Welsh). Studying these will provoke new understandings of how translation across many languages influenced discourses of language preservation and the exotic, both in Welsh-language culture and further afield. 3. How do sign language learners' language attitudes towards minority languages evolve over the course of learning a sign language?, Dr Jordan Fenlon, Dr Stacey Webb, Prof. Jemina Napier, Dept of Languages & Intercultural Studies, Heriot-Watt University. This project will investigate how language attitudes displayed by sign language students at Heriot-Watt University change over the course of learning a sign language. Students will be asked a range of questions designed to elicit their opinions on sign language use before and after a deaf community placement (e.g., what constitutes 'good' or 'bad' use of sign language). Responses from different stages of the course will be compared and the impact of current teaching practices on language attitudes will be explored.
Collaborator Contribution Beginning in early 2019, the projects will foster innovation in research-led teaching and support curriculum change in modern languages in higher education.
Impact Unknown at this stage
Start Year 2019
 
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 
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 Identifying priorities for research in children with Autism - Autistica UK. MEITS Strand 6. 
Organisation Autistica
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Discussion and consultation on current and future research and clinical best practice priorities for multilingual children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Collaborator Contribution £15,000 to co-fund a PhD studentship, see 'Further Funding' tab.
Impact None yet.
Start Year 2018
 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 'Our Uncommon Ground' Modern Languages conference, Durham April 2018. Strand 3 MEITS Co-I Janice Carruthers. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on behalf of the MEITS PI, with the three other OWRI PIs and myself in Leadership Fellow role, on the Interdisciplinary Working in the OWRI projects. My presentation was on this area specifically in MEITS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 'Capital of Hope'? Language, Identity and Mobilisation in Kharkiv after the Euromaidan Revolution. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Ivan Kozachenko. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 1 PDRA Ivan Kozachenko presented the findings of his study and highlighted the role of languages in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine at the conference 'Ukraine: Hope for the future, or land of lost opportunity?' at the University of Oxford on 7 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Maklena' Literary Evening. Strand 1 MEITS Co-I Rory Finnin. 
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 'Maklena' Literary Evening consisted of artistic performances and literary readings of excerpts from Mykola Kulish's banned 1933 play 'Maklena Grasa' in Ukrainian and in English translation. It was an experiment in multilingual performance, with participation by actors from the Night Train Theatre Company and Strand 1 Co-I Rory Finnin. Approximately 60 members of the student body and general public attended, and discussions about the dynamics of multilingual performance ensued, with many attendees reporting a change in view about 'canonical' interpretations of artistic works when performed only in translation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyCEU0GP9-w
 
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 10th International Linguistic Landscapes conference. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy presented a paper on ongoing research 'X marks the spot: Community marking in the Linguistic landscapes of Belfast'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 2018 Cambridge Festival Of Ideas: Languages: your passport to the world 
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 held family-friendly, hands-on activities particularly suited for children in late primary/early secondary school to help them discover the world of languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/cambridge-festival-of-ideas
 
Description 2018 Diversity Day: Celebrating cultural diversity in Cambridge 
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 On 18 November 2018, members of the MEITS team took part in the 'Diversity Day 2018' at Netherhall School, an event co-ordinated by one of its project partners, the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (https://www.cecf.co.uk). This was one of a number of successful collaborations with the CECF designed to celebrate and raise awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity within the city. This year, in addition to a number of hands-on activities, such as the always-popular 'Polyglot Pond' and 'Language Families', with the support of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, MEITS invited the Night Train Theatre Company (https://www.nighttraintheatrecompany.com/) to perform a bilingual fragment from the play Maklena. This 1933 play by the Ukrainian author Mykola Kulish was translated and produced by Maria Montague. The performance was well received by the audience. More than 250 people attended the event, and the MEITS team was able to use this exciting opportunity to engage with a diverse audience to highlight various aspects of multilingualism and cultural identities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/celebrating-cultural-diversity-in-cambridge
 
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, co-authored the report and were asked to write a briefing for the schools minister as the result of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Alzheimer Scotland Annual conference 2017. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
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 Joint table with Lingo Flamingo showcasing research collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description An interview with Joan Costa-Carreras on the standardardisation of Catalan and comparative standardology. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview in May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/files/dialogues/uploads/Interview_with_Joan_Costa-Carreras_on_Catalan_Standardi...
 
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 interview. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy. 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy had an interview with a Catalan journalist in the lead up to Good Friday agreement anniversary discussing her research into language in Northern Ireland, in particular in the current crisis. Journalist published a number of articles in Ara (Catalan newspaper) and referenced and quoted the interview.
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 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 Chinese Teachers & Confucius Institute. Strand 6 MEITS Co-I Thomas Bak. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Teaching Chinese in Multilingual Environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ci.ioe.ac.uk/2018/05/23/2018-conference-the-benefits-of-bilingualism
 
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 Association of University Language Centres Annual Conference 2019. Strand 6 MEITS Co-I Thomas Bak. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opening keynote lecture attended by over 200 registered delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aulc2019.org.uk/
 
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 BBC The Twinstitute. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza and Co-I 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 National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Show "The Twinstitute" participation. Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza and Co-I Thomas Bak carried out cognitive testing post-course and had a brief apearance on the show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/EdinUniCAHSSres/status/1093182434185801728
 
Description BBC Trust me I'm a doctor. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza and Co-I 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 National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 6 researchers (Co-I Thomas Bak and PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza) carried out cognitive testing and actively participated and contributed to research for the BBC programme "Trust me I am a doctor". Appearance on the show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/BBCTrustMe/status/1037415820392116224
 
Description BBC World Service Programme Parentland. Strand 6 Co-I 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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Thomas Bak offered expert opinion about the value of bringing children up multilingually.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07302wj
 
Description Bidding for research council funding: the MEITS experience. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk for Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, IMLR, Senate House, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Bilingualism Matters Annual Event 2017. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
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 Blog for Bilingualism Matters Website (authored by Vega-Mendoza, M. and Long, M.)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk/annual-event-2017/
 
Description Bilingualism Matters annual event 2017. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
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 Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza manned a stand and presented a poster at the Bilingualism Matters annual event showcasing MEITS and the research from S6 Edinburgh such as the collaboration with Lingo Flamingo.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk/annual-event-2017/
 
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 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. Strand 6 MEITS Co-I Thomas Bak. 
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 A presentation on bilingualism and language learning across the lifespan with discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://codi.beltanenetwork.org/event/ditch-the-classroom-speak-in-tongues-cabaret-of-dangerous-ideas...
 
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 Celebrating Multilingualism in Cambridge 
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 A further collaborative community event between the MEITS team and the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (https://www.cecf.co.uk/) took place on Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 11am - 3 pm, at 16-18 Arbury Court. This event brought together the wide range of local communities to celebrate multilingualism in the City. As well as engaging conversations and performances, the activities on the day - including an interactive language map of Cambridge and a number of activities from MEITS Pop-Up Museum - facilitated sharing ideas on what it means to be multilingual for those living in Cambridge today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/celebrating-multilingualism-in-cambridge
 
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 Changing Hearts and Minds for an Open World: An Identity Approach to Teaching and Motivating Learners of Chinese in UK Schools (Strand 4 MEITS Co-I Yongcan Liu), Confucius School Annual Chinese Language Teaching Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ci.ioe.ac.uk/2018/05/31/2018-conference-motivating-learners-of-chinese-in-uk-schools/
 
Description Chasing two hares (film screening). Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Ivan Kozachenko and Co-I Rory Finnin. 
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 Screening of the long-lost Ukrainian-language version of the Soviet classic 'Chasing Two Hares' with a Q&A moderated by PDRA Ivan Kozachenko about Soviet language policy and the variance in interpretation based on language soundtrack (Russian or Ukrainian). Belfast, 24 Jan 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://queensfilmtheatre.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 Collaboration and interdisciplinarity: the MEITS experience. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Masterclass for graduate students at UC Berkeley. 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 on Asian Linguistic Anthropology. Strand 2 MEITS PDRA Hui (Annette) Zhao. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 2 MEITS PDRA Hui (Annette) Zhao presented ongoing data collection progress and preliminary results at an international conference on linguistic anthropology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://cala2019.puc.edu.kh/
 
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 by Brian Walker on the stalemate surrounding an Irish Language Act in advance of article by him in the Belfast Telegraph. Strand 3 MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Consultation by an emeritus professor of politics on language and conflict in Northern Ireland with particular reference to the controversy surrounding an Irish Language Act. His article on this issue was subsequently published in the Belfast Telegraph, Northern Ireland's most popular daily paper, on 9 May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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.
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 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 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 Eleventh Annual Cambridge Festival of Ukrainian Film. Strand 1 MEITS Co-I Rory Finnin. 
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 A screening of the long-lost Ukrainian-language version of the Soviet classic 'Chasing Two Hares' with a Q&A about Soviet language policy and the variance in interpretation based on language soundtrack (Russian or Ukrainian).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Embracing Multilingualism?: Borders, Language and National Identity in the City of Kharkiv since the Euromaidan. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Ivan Kozachenko. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 1 PDRA Ivan Kozachenko presented at the 2nd World Conference of the Association for Borderland Studies in Budapest on 14 July 2018, shared his research findings and presented the MEITS project to participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.abs2018world.com/home/
 
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 Engaging Multilinguality: Language, Identity and National Cohesion in Ukraine. MEITS Strand 1. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Conference organised by Strand 1 (Co-I Rory Finnin and PDRA Ivan Kozachenko). Academic discussions about language politics in Ukraine tend to centre on questions of linguistic space rather than linguistic subject - on the multilingualism of Ukrainian territory rather than the multilinguality of a Ukrainian citizen. This predominant approach often invites tired exchanges about Ukrainophone-Russophone, west-east regional divisions, which the Maidan Revolution and the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict have urgently called into question. The conference 'Engaging Multilinguality' accordingly challenged the conventional wisdom. Strand 1 Co-I Rory Finnin opened the event by calling for more attention to the position of the multilingual subject in Ukrainian society - past, present and future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://issuu.com/cambridgeukrainianstudies/docs/engaging_multilinguality_draft_prog
 
Description European Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism (ECSPM), Techincal University Darmstadt. Strand 4 MEITS Co-I Linda Fisher. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 4 Co-I Linda Fisher reported on the MEITS project and on the MEITS education strand to a number of academics, policy-makers, practitioners from Europe and north America. This has led to a number of enquiires about MEITS and invitations to events in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ecspm.org/ecspm-events/assemblies-meetings/paradigm-shift/
 
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 Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Research Day. Strand 5 MEITS PDRA Yanyu Guo. 
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 FAMES Research Day is 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 20 students (undergraduate & postgraduate) attended this event. Strand 5 PDRA Yanyu Guo presented the work of Strand 5 which led to discussions on multilingualism and language learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 French television interview on language and conflict in Northern Ireland. Strand 3 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 Interview for television show 'Viure al pais' on channel FR3 on divisions around language in Northern Ireland and the reflection of this in the absence of governance and political stalemate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Global Approaches to Multilingualism and Standardisation. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and PDRA John Bellamy. 
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 Organisation of an international conference looking at standardisation in a cross-linguistic framework. Reworked versions of the papers will appear in the Handbook of Standardisation to be published by CUP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/global-approaches-to-multilingualism-and-standardisation
 
Description Good language, bad language. Language rules? Strand 2 MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland. 
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 Creative writing workshop with local mulitlingual pupils and their teachers led by Nottingham Writers Studio tutors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Graduate Student Talk on MEITS at Faculty of Education, University of California-Santa Barbara. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Rhiannon McGlade. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 1 PDRA Rhiannon McGlade gave an invited talk to Postgraduate Students at the Faculty of Education, University of California-Santa Barbara.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How I got here. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with A level students as part of the Haylevels at the Hay Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Identities and ideologies in conflict in urban vernacular French: views from without and within. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Daniel McAuley. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Daniel McAuley gave an invited talk on language ideology at the German Francoromanists Congress, followed by a round table debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.frk.uni-osnabrueck.de/sektionen/
 
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 In the Shadow of the Standard Workshop. MEITS Strand 2. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IN THE SHADOW OF THE STANDARD: A workshop and networking event for Early Career Researchers on the influence of standard language ideology on non-standard language(s). September 2018.

Strand 2 MEITS PDRA Hui (Annette) Zhao presented ongoing data collection progress and preliminary results at a workshop aimed at early career researchers. The publication for this presentation will be published in a year.

Strand 2 MEITS PDRA John Bellamy presented a paper entitled "What is Standard Luxembourgish? Perceptions of the standard", one year after the March 2017 official Strategy for the Promotion of the Luxembourgish Language.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/clas/in-the-shadow-of-the-standard/index.aspx
 
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 Multilingualism and Multilingual Education: Exploring relationships between adolescents' multilingual identification and academic attainment: A quantitative investigation. Strand 4 MEITS PDRA Angela Gayton and Associated Researcher Karen Forbes. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://icmme18.wordpress.com/
 
Description International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education: The relationship between multilingual identification, language learning attitudes and self-efficacy: evidence from a survey of adolescent learners. Strand 4 MEITS PDRA Angela Gayton and Associated Researcher Karen Forbes. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://icmme18.wordpress.com/
 
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 Interview with Nelson McCausland, Democratic Unionist Party, on languages, shared space and and controversy surrounding demands for an Irish Language Act. Strand 3 MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
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 Discussion around the crisis in political governance, and questions relating to indigenous languages and multilingualism, in the context of division on legislative support for Irish and Ulster-Scots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Introduction to research on cognitive ageing, bilingualism, intensive language learning and attentional functions. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza presented at the "Dementia and Language Learning Project" organised by the The Open University, in collaboration with Lingo Flamingo and University of Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invisible Battalion (film screening). Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Ivan Kozachenko. 
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 Strand 1 PDRA Ivan Kozachenko supported the organisation of the film screening, and discussed the problems of language, gender and conflict in Ukraine with film producers and those in attendance in Cambridge on 9 November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeUkrainianStudies/posts/10155891594332304
 
Description Irish Association of Applied Linguistics Annual conference. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy presented a paper on ongoing research 'Learning Irish amid controversy: How the ILA debate has impacted learners of Irish in Belfast'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Is learning languages good for your brain? Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave an interactive invited talk about research on bilingualism and the brain at the "creative space", the Welcoming, Edinburgh. The session included drop-in activities in collabration with Science Ceilidih and Leith Labs (in preparation for the Explorathon).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/scienceceilidh/photos/a.1486421958282891/2187137418211338/?type=3&theater
 
Description Jobs with languages. Strand 5 MEITS PDRA Lisa-Maria Muller. 
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 Strand 5 PDRA Lisa-Maria Muller participated in a workshop with year 8 students focusing on jobs that one can do with languages (beyond becoming a translator or a teacher). The first part was a brainstorming activity on the jobs students wanted to do in the future, and jobs they knew needed languages. Then they worked in groups to read 6 different articles on jobs with foreign languages and produced a poster introducing the job to their peers. Following from this presentation, the French teacher asked students to write a short text in French about the jobs they wanted to do when they grew up and why. These texts were displayed around the school and used as part of the project's 2018 Cambridge Festival of Ideas activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Journeys. Strand 2 MEITS Co-I Nicola McLelland 
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 Creative writing workshop with local mulitlingual pupils and their teachers led by Nottingham Writers Studio tutors, which lead to a video and poster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Language Learning Motivation of Year 11 students in the UK. Strand 5 MEITS PDRA Lisa-Maria Muller. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 5 PDRA Lisa-Maria Muller gave an invited talk at the University of Vienna to present the work of strand 5 on language learning motivation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Policy. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited plenary talk on Working with UK government and policy makers, UCML Winter Plenary, Europe House, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Language learning and brain health. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave a webinar presentation for the Open University (collaboration with Lingo flamingo tutor training programme).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Language learning and dementia. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave a talk for the Lingo Flamingo director and staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/lingoflamingo1/status/897472714138685443
 
Description Language learning as a cognitive intervention. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave an invited talk at the "Languages and Cultural knowledge in global healthcare" organised by QUB-AHRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/impacts/languages-and-cultural-knowledge-in-global-healthcare(b94c1...
 
Description Language policy and memory. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
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 MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett chaired a policy panel at the Languages Memory Conference, organised by the OWRI Language Acts and Worldmaking project, King's College London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts: Exploring Relationships Between Adolescents' Multilingual Identification and Academic Attainment: A Quantitative Investigation. Strand 4 MEITS PDRAs Angela Gayton and Dee Rutgers. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://liemc19.wordpress.com/
 
Description Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts: Participative Multilingual Identity Construction in the Languages Classroom: To What Extent Can a Pedagogical Intervention Support the Development of Multilingual Identities? Strand 4 MEITS Co-I Linda Fisher and Associated Researcher Karen Forbes. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://liemc19.wordpress.com/
 
Description Language, Place and Periphery presentation. MEITS Strand 3 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 Strand 3 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 requested further 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 Learning a foreign language as a cognitive intervention in dementia. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave a talk at the World Federation of Neurology, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.spneurologia.com/evento/wfn-aphasia-dementia-and-cognitive-disorders-bienn/332
 
Description Learning a second / foreign language: Age and other factors. Strand 5 MEITS Co-I Henriette Hendriks. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 5 Co-I Henriette Hendriks gave an invited talk at CamMACT 2018 (Cambridge Modern Foreign Languages Conference for Teachers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/applying/cammact
 
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 Chinese Linguistics and L2 Chinese Research seminars 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 08/02/2019: Yanyu Guo (S5 PDRA), L3 acquisition of Mandarin sentence-final question particles by Cantonese-English bilinguals; 15/02/2019: Tongkun Liu (FAMES), The Chinese BA construction in English-Speaking learners' L2 Chinese grammars; 22/02/2019: Lilong Xu (FAMES), Covert objects and VP ellipsis in English speakers' L2 Chinese: Evidence of the incremental model of L2 speech production mechanisms; 22/02/2019: Jingting Xiang (FAMES), Definiteness in Heritage, L2 and L3 Mandarin grammars: Empirical evidence for the source of transfer in L3A; 08/03/2019: Boping Yuan (S5 Co-I), Absence of L1 transfer of ellipsis at L2 Chinese initial stages: Evidence from L2 Chinese oral production by English and Korean speakers; 08/03/2019: Yanyu Guo (S5 PDRA), Temporal-Aspectual Sentence Final Particles in English and Cantonese Speakers' L3 Mandarin Chinese; 13/03/2019: Chenyang Zhang (FAMES), L2 acquisition of gapping constructions in Mandarin Chinese by English speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
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 Facebook account 2018-2019 
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 May 2017: 479 All time "likes" and 50325 organic reach
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.facebook.com/meits.owri
 
Description MEITS Linguistic Landscape workshop. Strand 3 MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
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 Contribution to a conference for MEITS (strand 3) on Multilingualism in the Public Space in Wales. The paper delivered will appear in an edited volume.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MEITS Multilingualism Seminars (2018-2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 03/05/2018: Memet Aktürk-Drake, Evaluating multicultural Sweden's support for balanced bilingualism among children of immigrants: Best in Europe or just best on paper?; 03/05/2018: Napoleon Katsos (S6 Co-I), Assessing the linguistic competence of bilingual children: Recommendations and Applications; 24/05/2018: Deepthi Gopaland Fernanda Barrientos, Loanword adaptation and regional variation in perceptual boundaries; 24/05/2018: Jingting Xiang and Boping Yuan (S5 Co-I), The Processing of Indefinite Subjects in L2 and L3 Mandarin.
25/10/2018: Tomas Folke, Diagnosing and addressing publication bias: Does bilingualism cause general changes to cognition?; 25/10/2018: Gwen Brekelmans, The effect of input variability on phonetic vowel training for Dutch children learning English; 22/11/2018: Kieran Daly, Emma Carter and Ricardo Sabates, Silenced by Language? An Empirical Analysis of Literacy Outcomes During Language of Instruction Transition in Northern Ghana; 22/11/2018: S. K. Crockford, O. Ozturk (S6 PDRA), N. Katsos (S6 Co-I), J. L. Gibson (S6 Co-I), A. Remington, L. Kenny & J. Brinkert, Does multilingual exposure have an effect on the prevalence of autistic symptomatology? ; 17/01/2019: Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Interpreting definite and bare plurals across different contexts: experimental evidence from adult mono- and bilingual Greek speakers; 17/01/2019: Teresa Parodi, Linguistic intuitions beyond grammatical correctness: evidence from untutored L2 learners; 28/02/2019: Javier Moreno-Rivero, Institutional multilingualism: theories, policies and practices of language and law in the EU; 28/02/2019: Andreas Krogull (S2 PDRA), Challenging monolingual histories: Multilingual evidence from the Dutch-German borderlands in the long nineteenth century .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL http://www.meits.org/events
 
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 MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett 2019 
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 27 February 2019: expert opinion given on Radio 2, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live on the vital importance of learning languages in response to the BBC survey about the state of language learning in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MEITS Radio interviews Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers 2019. 
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 Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers gave an interview to the BBC on 27th February 2019 about the decline of language learning in the UK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0002qm2.
She also gave an interview to Matthew Wright on Talk Radio: https://talkradio.co.uk/radio/listen-again/1551272400# and to Robbie Meredith on BBC Newsline: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0002w5l/bbc-newsline-evening-news-27022019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MEITS Radio interviews Strand 6 Co-I Thomas Bak 2019 
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 Strand 6 Co-I Thomas Bak gave an interview to Radio Scotland - Good morning Scotland and to BBC radio Solent on 27th February 2019 in response to the BBC survey about the state of language learning in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0002pxq
 
Description MEITS Radio interviews Thomas Bak 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 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 2017 
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 Strand 5 Workshop on Chinese Grammar. MEITS Strand 5. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This workshop was organised by the MEITS Strand 5 research team as well as language teachers and PhD students from the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, aiming to raise teachers' awareness of Chinese grammar and share with them findings in L2 Chinese acquisition research. It was a great opportunity to bring together language teachers and researchers and to bridge Chinese language teaching and Chinese language studies. Forty-three Chinese language teachers from a variety of UK schools and universities attended this event and provided valuable feedback on the workshop and suggestions for future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/workshop-on-grammatical-issues-of-the-chinese-language-for-teacher...
 
Description MEITS TV Interviews Wendy Ayres-Bennett 2016 
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 TV Interviews Wendy Ayres-Bennett 2019 
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 3 TV interviews in February 2019: MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett on Look East (West), Look East (East) and BBC Breakfast News on the vital importance of learning languages in response to the BBC survey on the state of language learning in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Twitter account 2018-2019 
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 2320 followers and 406100 impressions (March 2018 - Feb 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
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 Videos 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 June 2018: The Eighth Annual Cambridge Vsesvit Evening: Maklena. The Cambridge Vsesvit Evening featured the work of the Night Train Theatre Company and their dramatic project Maklena, which represents the first English-language production of Mykola Kulish's 1933 play Maklena Grasa, translated into English for the first time by Maria Montague. October 2018: Festival of Ideas 2018 video. The MEITS team delivered an event as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, "Languages - Your Passport to the World". Our hands-on activities asked people to reflect on questions such as how languages can help the brain, and whether we make judgements about people based on their accents. The MEITS team were delighted to engage in multilingual conversations with the 200+ people that participated, about their own personal stories of languages, and their future plans for language learning! This short video gives just a flavour of the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
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 fortnightly blog which informs the general public about 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 blogs (2018-2019) 
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 about its research activity and generates lively feedback. 07/03/2018: Lisa-Maria Muller (S5 PDRA), Could languages help young women break the glass ceiling?; 23/03/2018: Rory Finnin (S1 Co-I), A Revolution of Languages, One Hundred Years On; 19/04/2018: Hui (Annette) Zhao (S2 PDRA), The Linguistic and Ideological Complexities of the 'Chinese' Language; 16/05/2018: Yanyu Guo (S5 PDRA), "Hey, I'm a trilingual. What are you?"; 25/06/2018: Napoleon Katsos (S6 Co-I), Why the meaning of all sentences is not clear; 11/07/2018: Michael Evans (S4 Co-I), When EAL meets MFL; 11/072018: Lisa-Maria Muller (S5 PDRA), Football, Multilingualism and Interdisciplinarity; 09/08/2018: Daniel McAuley (S3 PDRA), The diary of an exile; 30/08/2018: Karen Forbes (S4 Associated Researcher), What's the point in learning languages when we can just use Google translate?; 12/09/2018: Wendy Ayres-Bennett (MEITS PI), French grammar - what a waste of time!; 26/09/2018: Linda Fisher (S4 Co-I), Learning languages outside of the classroom: a visit to the museum; 18/10/2018: Mariana Vega-Mendoza (S6 PDRA), Does language learning lead to healthier ageing?; 29/11/2018: Yongcan Liu (S4 Co-I), Towards a Community-Based Strategy to Support Bilingual Migrant Children across the Lifespan; 13/12/2018: Henriette Hendriks (S5 Co-I), What, if anything, makes learning English different from learning other languages?; 13/02/2019: Dominic Keown (S1 related external contributor), Will you be my Valen-cia-tine? Finding language lovers in Valencian schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL http://www.meits.org/blog
 
Description MEITS project overview and presentation of data at 'French in Multilingual Urban Centres' Workshop. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Daniel McAuley. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Daniel McAuley gave a presentation of the MEITS project and data on French city speech.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MEITS website (2018-2019) 
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: 1 Mar 2018 - 26 Feb 2019
Pageviews: 107,262
Users: 46,910
Countries: 201
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL http://www.meits.org
 
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 Mandarin Excellence Programme students visiting Cambridge. MEITS Strand 5. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact MEITS Strand 5 members and two teaching fellows of Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies provided 30 Year 7 MEP students of the Anglo European School with a workshop at Cambridge. The workshop consisted of two short language classes and a Chinese calligraphy exprience class. The students took an active part in the classes and asked questions about the Chinese language and culture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Multilingual Practices in Early Modern Literary Culture 
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 Moving between two or more languages was normal in early modern (c. 1500-1700) European culture and society. Recent research on such topics as transnational literatures, translation and imitation, language learning and the relation between Latin and vernaculars is drawing attention to ways that multilingualism was a constitutive part of early modern literary culture.

This international symposium, supported by a MEITS flexible funding award, brought together scholars based in the UK and continental Europe to advance interdisciplinary perspectives on the contexts and literary applications of early modern multilingualism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 in the Public Space. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy. 
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 Organisation of a conference for MEITS Strand 3 on Multilingualism in the Public Space in Wales. Development of article for edited volume.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/multilingualism-in-the-public-space
 
Description Multilingualism, ageing and MCI. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave an invited "international speaker" talk at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Multilingualism, placenames and shared space. Strand 3 MEITS Co-I Micheal O Mainnin. 
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 Collaboration with the N. Ireland Place-Name Project, and with colleagues in Archaeology and Architecture, in engaging with school children (year 9) on cultural heritage. 40 school children from the 5 post-primary schools involved in the Magherafelt Learning Partnership attended our workshops under the auspices of the Schools-University Partnership Initiative. The significance of this lay in bringing children together from across the political divide in Northern Ireland to learn about languages and shared space. Feedback from teachers and students indicated a high level of engagement and interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 National Association of Language Advisors. Strand 6 MEITS Co-I Thomas Bak. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture on cognitive aspects of language learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nala.org.uk/event/annual-conference-2018/
 
Description National Expectations: What can we realistically expect from primary language learning? MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the Primary Languages Policy Summit, British Academy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Neuropsychological evaluation & cognitive ageing. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave an invited "international speaker" talk at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Organisation of a conference on 'languages, conflict and reconciliation', Belfast, January 2019. MEITS Strands 1 & 3 . 
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 Strands 1 (Co-I Rory Finnin and PDRA Ivan Kozachenko) and 3 (Co-I Micheal O Mainnin and PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy) co-organised an international conference on languages, conflict and reconciliation, Queen's University Belfast, on 25/01/2019. The conference brought academics and practitioners together from Ireland, Britain and Ulkraine with expertise on the importance of languages and linguistic competence in contexts which involve conflict and contestation across the world. Contributed to 2 panel discussions. Ivan Kozachenko, Rory Finnin, Deirdre Dunlevy and Micheal O Mainnin all contributed to panel discussions, two of which were chaired by PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Co-I Janice Carruthers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Poster presentation - MEITS Strand 6 (Edinburgh) project overview. Strand 6 MEITS PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave an invited poster presentation about her research at the EU - Latin American Countries (LAC) Early Career Researchers Integration Meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 for Heads of languages. Strand 4 MEITS Co-I Linda Fisher. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 4 Co-I Linda Fisher presented to group of around 20 Heads of Departments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of MEITS education work to languages teachers. Strand 4 MEITS Co-I Linda Fisher. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 4 Co-I Linda Fisher presented to group of around 20 Heads of Departments and teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Presenting to schools in Bradford about the benefits of studying languages at university. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Rhiannon McGlade. 
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 Strand 1 PDRA Rhiannon McGlade worked with students from year 9-13 as part of academic taster day. This was designed to be paticularly beneficial as there is a bias towards science in the area and students are really grateful to experience something different.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Queen's University Belfast Modern Languages Research Showcase: Multilingualism and Social Meaning in Contemporary Urban Vernacular French. MEITS Strand 3. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Strand 3 Co-I Janice Carruthers presented the MEITS project and chaired presentations on the research project. PDRA Daniel McAuley gave a talk on the social meaning of multilingualism at a showcase of research in Modern Languages at Queen's University Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 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 School outreach event. Strand 4. 
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 The strand delivered hands-on activities to early secondary pupils at a local school to gather feedback from them about their strengths and weaknesses to continue to refine the offering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 2017
URL http://www.sfs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/SFS-Durham-programme-final-002.pdf
 
Description Sociolinguistic and cognitive perspectives on bilingualism. Strands 3&6 joint workshop. 
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 Strand 6 PDRA Mariana Vega-Mendoza gave two talks (Introduction to statistics & Introduction to cognitive testing) at an Interdisciplinary MEITS Strands 3 & 6 joint workshop in Edinburgh in April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.meits.org/news/item/strands-3-6-joint-workshop-sociolinguistic-and-cognitive-perspectives...
 
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 Speaker at training event for the University's AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Rhiannon McGlade. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 1 PDRA Rhiannon McGlade contributed to a training event on field and interdisciplinary collaboration, which forms part of the induction for the new intake of doctoral students funded through the University's AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. 15 minute talk on the MEITS project and the realities/benefits of working and thinking in an interdisciplinary way.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Standard languages, norms and variation: new perspectives within a multilingual research project. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL) annual conference, Amsterdam.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Teacher consultation session. MEITS Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Local teachers were invited to participate in a consultancy session, where they provided face-to-face and written feedback on materials they had trialled during the 2017-18 academic year, reporting on practicality of use, and impact on pupils' attitudes and motivation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Technical Editor for Cambridge 'Language Lovers' competition. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Rhiannon McGlade. 
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 Interactive competition online encouraging students to submit microinterviews about their connection to other languages. Participation was over 300.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.envalencia.org/language-lovers
 
Description Technical Editor for En Valencià webconference and site. Strand 1 MEITS PDRA Rhiannon McGlade. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Building and running the website and social media platforms for the University of Cambridge-led Impact pilot scheme. Working to promote multilingualism and language-learning in Valencia. This pilot project functions as a web conference with a hosting site that has a whole range of seminar videos, associated educational and entertaining activities, as well as ways for the students to participate through creative engagement with the language. The target audience is children at the later stages of schooling. Almost 500 students have already signed up and are interacting daily with the site submitting material and engaging with languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.envalencia.org
 
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 28th annual conference of the European Second Language Association. Strand 5 MEITS PDRA Yanyu Guo. 
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 EuroSLA conferences aim to bring together researchers from different disciplines who investigate the acquisition, use, and processing of language in situations where more than one language is involved. Around 200 scholars attended this conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.uni-muenster.de/EuroSLA/
 
Description The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-30). Strand 5 MEITS PDRA Yanyu Guo. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact NACCL is the largest conference on Chinese linguistics in North America, held at a different North American university each year, and it draws international participation and welcomes all topics related to Chinese linguistics. Around 150 researchers on Chinese linguistics attended this conference. MEITS Strand 5 project was presented at the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://u.osu.edu/naccl30/
 
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 Identity Approach to Language Learning, CRiCLE workshop. MEITS Strand 4. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities to the general public, academic staff and students, and education practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://liemc19.wordpress.com/
 
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 Irish News interview. Strand 3 MEITS PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy. 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Strand 3 PDRA Deirdre Dunlevy had an interview with a journalist from the Irish News newspaper about her research, and the conference being organised in Belfast "Languages in Conflict and Reconciliation". An article was published in both print and online versions of the paper, as well as further articles on the journalist's personal blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.irishnews.com/paywall/tsb/irishnews/irishnews/irishnews//arts/thebluffer/2019/01/30/news/...
 
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 Menace of Monolingualism. MEITS PI Wendy Ayres-Bennett. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at the Hay Festival as part of the Cambridge University series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Theatre performance - Polyphonics 
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 Multilingual theatre performance as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, based on the project's research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 University of Bergen invited keynote. Strand 4 MEITS Co-Is Linda Fisher, Michael Evans and Yongcan Liu. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strand 4 Co-Is presented to a group of around 40 academics and graduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Youth languages: the age of maturity? MEITS Strand 3. 
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 Organisation of an international workshop on youth languages in Nanterre, Paris X. Attendees from France, UK, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Holland. There will be a volume of peer-reviewed papers, edited by Francoise Gadet, arising from the workshop. Co-I Janice Carruthers gave the opening address presenting the work of MEITS and of the sociolinguistic strand. PDRA Daniel McAuley gave a talk on "The social meanings of contemporary urban vernacular French: insights from listener perceptions".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.meits.org/events/event/strand-3-conference-youth-languages-the-age-of-maturity
 
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...