Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Global Challenges

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: School of Modern Languages

Abstract

The project stems from Transnationalizing Modern Languages (TML), one of three large grants awarded under the AHRC's Translating Cultures scheme. TML's established group of Modern Languages experts has conducted research revealing the centrality of a variety of language practices, ranging from multilingualism to translation, in migration contexts and multicultural societies. An important part of TML has been to develop methodologies aimed at embedding awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity within educational practices, from primary to higher and adult education.

TML has cemented links with The Phoenix Project (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phoenix-project), led by Prof. Judith Hall, that links Cardiff University and the University of Namibia (UNAM) and which supports the Welsh Government's International Development Wales for Africa initiative, promoting mutual capacity building and sustainable collaboration.

The aim of the project is to take the expertise and practical knowledge acquired within TML to Namibia by working closely with The Phoenix Project and its educational partnerships. Methodologies developed in TML will be adapted and refined to co-produce with researchers from UNAM and local practitioners materials tailor-made for the Namibian context. The new research seeks to facilitate educational and professional development through multilingual education in the local environment, identifying the school and health systems as key areas of social wellbeing and economic development.

The promotion of multilingual education has been identified as a key target with social and economic benefits for Namibia with clear connections to a number of UN sustainable development goals. Issues relating to languages and communication affect the country's ability to grow economically; they are central to successful healthcare provision; they have a clear impact on poverty, income disparity and gender and generational inequality; they impact upon capacity building and access to job markets; they are relevant to conflict resolution as well as to the promotion of human rights; and they are clearly related to issues of cultural heritage and memory.

The project concentrates on two specific areas: supporting multilingualism and translingual practices and their embedding in school education; and sensitizing health specialists to the role played by multilingual communication, including translation and self-translation, in their professional practice. In both cases, the focus is on co-research practices, mutual learning and capacity building. The aim is to achieve enduring impact through curriculum development, the production of teaching resources, and the creation of a transnational mentoring network that will amplify the effects of the project throughout the country and beyond.

By promoting awareness of the impact of language capabilities and translation practices in Namibia's multilingual environment, the project aims to support sustainable action regarding cultural heritage and cultural memory (in education and the media), produce new research insights on the impact and sustainability of language and translation practices in a variety of locales and landscapes, and promote more efficient communication within health and medical practices (working with multilingual teams in multiple local contexts), all of which involve complex interactions among indigenous, colonial and post-colonial linguistic and cultural heritages.

By engaging with creative practices of translation and language learning in Namibian schools and by building on an on-going project between Cardiff University's Phoenix Project and UNAM in health education, the project will make an enduring contribution to educational provision and access to healthcare for excluded sectors of the population as well as to the conservation of cultural memory and intangible heritage in Namibia through the validation of indigenous tongues as languages of education and information.

Planned Impact

This extension of the Transnationalizing Modern Languages (TML) project aims to contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Education ('Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all') and on Health ('Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all'). It pursues these objectives by undertaking collaborative work with researchers, educators, trainers and professionals in Namibia, a country whose complex linguistic landscape makes the achievement of such SDGs particularly challenging.

The project brings together the TML team, its established partners, Cardiff University's Phoenix Project, and the University of Namibia (UNAM). The collaboration will raise awareness of the role of multilingualism and translation in accessing education and health services; develop resources which promote efficient interlingual communication among professionals, including teachers and health workers; and support Continuing Professional Development through the creation of an online mentoring network. By developing educational resources reflective of Namibia's linguistic and cultural diversity, we will provide tools for the effective implementation of recent policies aiming to maintain linguistic capability in the indigenous mother tongues while also maximizing access to English as a medium of instruction. By extending our work into medical care, we will facilitate accurate and user-appropriate multilingual health education and communication.

TML's experience in delivering multilingual and cross-cultural education in the UK and Italy will make a significant contribution to addressing the current and future economic, social, health, and cultural needs of Namibia, developing human and material resources in the country to sustain the activity of this initial period. This work will benefit both policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of education and health in Namibia. In the longer term, these benefits will extend across the wider population of Namibia through impact upon the multilingual awareness and competence of diverse sectors. This impact in turn offers yields in terms of social cohesion and economic productivity by improving access to healthcare, delivered initially through UNAM's new M.Med. in Anesthesia, but then extended to areas such as HIV care and prevention.

These aims will be achieved through consultation between researchers and practitioners in Namibia and the UK, disseminating and building on the existing expertise of partners. Bilateral collaboration leading to the production of resources will extend beyond the project's formal conclusion. By setting up an international online mentoring network based at UNAM we will ensure future-oriented and sustainable structures of support and skill exchange. These will constitute an essential element of the project's legacy, providing a sustainable and incrementally scalable resource across Namibia and beyond.

We will build on TML expertise to co-produce new materials with UNAM fellows and other project participants. This will result in the creation of an open resource, essential for the diffusion of project outputs. Resource development will be carried out simultaneously on different platforms and media. Given potential issues linked to uneven access to web-based resources, we will also produce hard-copies to be distributed locally.

Resources supporting the promotion of flexible multilingual education will make an enduring contribution to educational provision and access to healthcare for excluded sectors of the population as well as to the conservation of cultural memory and intangible heritage in Namibia through the validation of indigenous tongues as languages of education and information. The final conference will secure legacy by bringing together key stakeholders from Namibia, the UK, and elsewhere and allowing resources to be adapted across other African countries as well as Europe.
 
Description Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Global Challenges (2016-2017) builds on the experience of the TML project, particularly the work it carried out with Community High Schools such as Castelbrae and Drummond in Edinburgh. Working in close collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM), the project has addressed the role of multilingualism and translation in professional education in a specific ODA country, Namibia, characterized by a highly complex linguistic landscape. Its ODA significance rests in highlighting the need for inclusive policies and practices aimed at sensitizing policy makers, teachers, professionals (e.g. health and law specialists) to the implications of working in rich multilingual environments and, often, in collaboration with translators and interpreters.

The project and its findings align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) and specifically with Goals 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), 4 (Quality Education), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

The project's findings stress the impact of individual and collective attitudes to as well as policies about languages and multilingualism on a) equal access to education, services (including media and the arts, legal services, and others) and personal development (including professional growth and career development); b) social cohesion (including social justice); c) individual and collective well-being (including health and economic growth).
Exploitation Route The project has been based on collaboration and co-production with the University of Namibia (UNAM). Through exchange and cooperation with UNAM colleagues, the TML GC team has been able to reach wider audiences in Namibia.

In Namibia the project has benefited teachers, academics, students and early career professionals in the health sector, students of media and law, policy makers (regional language advisors and members of NIED - National Institute for Educational Development), schools (Van Rhyn primary school in Windhoek and its associated network of regional schools).

Plans are being developed to extend the project's approach and findings to other African countries, e.g. through Prof. Polezzi's participation in an Erasmus + bid on Acute Medical Care education involving Namibia and Zambia (currently under consideration). The bid involves a 'Multilingualism and Translation' work package to be led by UNAM colleagues from the TML GC team.
The project has throughout emphasized co-production and co-research. The collaboration at the heart of the project has implications for UK practices and is having an impact in the UK, e.g. through collaboration with the Watch Africa Film Festival in Cardiff, with the Modern Languages Mentoring project (funded by the Welsh Government), and with schools and educational advisers in Scotland and Wales. The importance of the project in thinking about multilingualism and translation in the UK and Namibia will be part of a policy-oriented event that will be hosted by the British Academy in the autumn of 2018.
The project is committed to developing sustainable and creative understandings of everyday multilingual practices in both Nambia and the UK. Prof Duncan is completing an application to the AHRC for follow-on funding to develop an app to pilot the self-evaluation of linguistic competencies. The project involves researchers and language teachers in Namibia and the UK incorporating six languages: English, French, Italian, Polish, Afrikaans, and Oshiwambo. The app will have the potential to extend significantly the reach of TML's activity and influence.
Sectors Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Specific impacts of TML: GC include: The introduction of tailored training on multilingualism and translation in the academic and professional development programmes of UNAM's Medical School (in areas such as Pharmacy, Family Medicine, Nursing, and the new MMED in Anaesthesia). The co-development of a version of the MOOC 'Working with Translation' to be co-taught by Cardiff University and UNAM staff in March-April 2018; the free online course aims to respond to the needs of learners from the African continent (usually characterized by low uptake of such programmes). The development of a fellowship and training programme (held in Cardiff, in collaboration with the Watch Africa charity and film festival) for Namibian students of Media Studies. The programme aimed to sensitize the students to the role of the creative industries in supporting multilingual practices in Namibia, especially among the younger generation, which is increasingly drawn to an English-dominated popular culture. The importance of the project, of the collaboration model it offers and of its findings were recognized by the international charitable organization The Salzburg Global Seminar with an invitation to take part in Session 586: Springboard for Talent: Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World (December 12-17, 2017 salzburgglobal.org/go/586). As a result, the project's approach and findings were incorporated in the 'Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World', launched on 21st February 2018 (International Mother Language Day). The Statement - which calls for policies that value and uphold multilingualism and language rights, and also underlines the economic value of language and translation skills - has been circulated in Namibia among teachers, academics and policy makers. An indication of the visibility of the project in the UK and of its impact on policy making and funding strategy can be found in the invitation extended to Prof. Polezzi to address the launch event of the joint AHRC/MRC GCRF funding initiative held at the Wellcome Trust in April 2017. The presentation was held jointly with Prof. Judith Hall (Cardiff Medical School). The project has also contributed to the internationalisation of research culture at UNAM. Prof Duncan has negotiated the signing of an MoU between UNAM and St Andrews University. It establishes a formal commitment to the development of sustainable research collaborations in the field of language and culture, and to exploring possibilities for student exchange. Dr Nelson Mlambo has applied to the Leverhulme Trust's Visiting Fellow scheme to further a project on transnational African literatures with Prof Duncan, the first stage of which will be the publication of a special issue of the OUP journal Forum for Modern Language Studies in 2019. Prof Duncan is also co-authoring an article with Dr Aurelie Zannier based on their comparative study of cultural visualisation amongst undergraduate students at UNAM and St Andrews to be presented at in Windhoek in July 2018 at an international conference: 'Research for the Transformation of Teacher Education: Teaching for Equity and Relevance.'
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description 'Opportunities and Challenges of AHRC-led GCRF Research', Nottingham University, March 2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description 'Salzburg Global Statement for a Multilingual World'
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Loredana Polezzi is among the co-authors of the Statement, which was launched on 21st February 2018 (International Mother Language Day) and was an output of the Salzburg Global Seminar's session on Springboard for Talent: Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World (December 12-17, 2017). Most Important Impact: Dissemination among general public and policy makers. Statement supported by the British Council, Microsoft, and others.
URL http://education.salzburgglobal.org/statements/a-multilingual-world.html
 
Description 'Culture and Translation' October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi delivered a workshop on translation participants in the Modern Foreign Languages Student Mentoring Scheme training weekend held at Cardiff University in October 2017.Training mentors in new approaches to MLs and Translation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Google Doesn't Translate' February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi delivered workshops on translation and multilingualism for two Seren Network Study Days held at Cardiff University in February 2018. Sensitization of gifted & talented students to new approaches in MLs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Multilingualism, Translation and Critical Health Practices' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Luisa Percopo presented the paper 'Multilingualism, Translation and Critical Health Practices: Training Medical Professionals in Namibia', at the V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, 'Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises'. London, December 201. This provided the opportunity to disseminate research outcomes and explore opportunities for networking and publishing, specifically to disseminate the research done in Namibia among translation scholars and to expand her networks. The presentation was highly successful for networking and publishing activities. It led to the invitation to contribute to the volume Minority languages and intercultural communication in regional crises, edited by Federico M. Federici and Christophe Declercq and published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/centras/translation-news-and-events/v-translating-voices
 
Description 'Practising Impact', Workshop, Castlebrae CHS, March 2017 
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 Practicising Impact: workshop at Castlebrae Community High School, 4 March 2017. The workshop was fully immersive allowing researchers the opportunity to take the place of recipients of impact and find out how life changing impact activities really are. The workshop involved TML research team and pg students from St Andrews. Sessions were led by Shirin Ramzanali Fazel (Creative Writing), Jacopo Colombini (Story-telling), Almiro Andrade (Kings, London: Theatre).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Translation and the Memory of Migration', Glasgow, November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi delivered a public talk on the TML and TML Global Challenges project at the University of Glasgow, November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Why study languages?' Cardiff 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi delivered the opening presentation at a schools event held at Cardiff City Stadium in December 2017. The event encouraged learners from Wales to take up/continue with the study of languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'Working with Translation' (MOOC) 
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 Loredana Polezzi led a team in the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, which designed, produced and implemented the MOOC 'Workign with Translation' in collaboration with Futurelearn. The course contains items on cultural translation, linguistic landscapes, translation and migration, directly linked to and resulting from the TML project. The course was launched in October 2016 and revised in 2017. The second run took place in March-April 2017 and the thirds in September/October. The two iterations jointly attracted more than 13,000 users. A further run of the course is planned for March/April 2018 and will be delivered in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) as part of the follow-on project TML Global Challenges.
Most Important Impact: Learners have provided hundreds of testimonials about the transformative nature of the MOOC, both in professional and personal terms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/admin/courses/working-with-translation/2
 
Description Co-Creation in Modern Languages, Bath, June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi presented at the 'Bridging the Gap: Co-Production of Research in Modern Languages' event, held in Bath in June 2017. Dissemination and networking was achieved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://gw4.ac.uk/bridging-the-gap/
 
Description Conference Translating Voices, London, December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Luisa Pèrcopo gave a presentation on the outcome of the TML GC project at the V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, 13-15 December in London. Title of presentation 'Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises' in London on 'Multilingualism, Translation and Critical Health Practices: Training Medical Professionals in Namibia'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference, 'The Wealth of Languages', UNAM, June 2017 
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 Conference co-organized and co-hosted by TML GC and UNAM; focus on the value of multilingualism, links between language competencies and cultural heritage; language, social cohesion and economic growth in local/global perspectives; pedagogies of multilingualism. Event attended by public intellectuals (e.g. writer, academic and politician Joseph Diescho), media representatives, educators and policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Derek Duncan and Nelson Mlambo, lecture on poetry, University of Namibia, March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact During the period of research time spent at the University of Namibia, Derek Duncan and Nelson Mlambo delivered a class on the poetry of Robert Burns and Jackie Kay. The presentation followed meetings on the nature of the research collaboration between UNAM and St Andrews University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description GCRF Global Engagement Event, 8 June 2017, British Academy 
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 Charles Burdett and Nelson Mlambo (UNAM) were invited to participate at the GCRF Global Engagement Event on 8 June 2017 at the British Academy. The event provided the opportunity to share some of the findings of TML:GC and to participate in discussions about the future directions of GCRF regarding the Arts and the Social sciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/gcrf-global-engagement-events/
 
Description Language Diversity Conference, University of Cagliari, September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Luisa Pèrcopo gave a presentation on results of her research in Namibia at 4th Languaging Diversity Conference, Università di Cagliari, 28-30 September. Title of the presentation:
'Multilingualism: Class and Ethnicity in Namibia'. The presentation extended the international audience interested in the work that the project, TML:Global Challenges is accomplishing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://sites.unica.it/l-div-2017
 
Description Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 'Working with Translation 
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 Loredana Polezzi led a team in the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, which designed, produced and implemented the MOOC 'Workign with Translation' in collaboration with Futurelearn. The course contains items on cultural translation, linguistic landscapes, translation and migration, directly linked to and resulting from the TML project. The course was launched in October 2016 and revised in 2017. The second run took place in March-April 2017 and the thirds in September/October. The two iterations jointly attracted more than 13,000 users. A further run of the course is planned for March/April 2018 and will be delivered in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM) as part of the TML Global Challenges; more than 3000 people are already registered. The course was redesigned in collaboration with UNAM colleagues and will include materials co-designed with them as a result of the TML GC project. It will also include interviews with members of the project team, including writer Shirin Ramzanali Fazel and members of UNAM's Medical School. The course will be co-taught by Cardiff and UNAM staff. Most Important Impact: Learners have already provided hundreds of testimonials about the transformative nature of the MOOC, both in professional and personal terms. The new iteration will provide a unique example of a Massive Open Online Course speaking jointly from the North and the South of the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/admin/courses/working-with-translation/2
 
Description Media event: 'TMLGC: Multilingualism and Translation', UNAM, June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact University of Namibia MAIN CAMPUS: LIBRARY AUDITORIUM AND LARGE VIDEO CONFERENCE ROOM Media event. Title 'TMLGC: Multilingualism and Translation in Language-Rich Cultures. Ongoing and Future Collaborations'; public presentation of project, including collaboration, co-production and outcomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Namibia's 'National Institute for Educational Development', February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi, Derek Duncan, Ann Robertson and Luisa Pèrcopo held a meeting with the colleagues from the Education sector, including teachers across the regions and NIED (Namibia's 'National Institute for Educational Development') representatives. Over 20 people present.

17/02 Article on visit appears in national Newspaper The Namibian: 'Multilingualism to foster social cohesion and inclusion'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Multilingualism: Class and Ethnicity in Namibia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The activity gave to Luisa Percopo the opportunity to disseminate the research done in Namibia among scholars of different disciplines and to expand networks interested in the research. This led to the invitation to publish the article in Open Linguistics, a journal indexed by ESCI and ERIH PLUS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://sites.unica.it/l-div-2017
 
Description Nelson Mlambo (UNAM) seminars at St Andrews University, February 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact While at St Andrews University, Nelson Mlambo (lecturer in English at the University of Namibia and researcher on the TML Global challenges project) gave a lecture at the School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series. His lecture was entitled, Masculinities in female-authored texts: the case of Neshani Andreas 'The Purple Violet of Oshaantu'. He also delivered a Masterclass on African literature and Feminism to MA students at St Andrews Univ as part of a module on Research Methods in the Contemporary Humanities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in AHRC International Development Summit, British Library, June 2017 
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 Nelson Mlambo and Charles Burdett were invited to talk about the work of TML: Global Challenges at the AHRC International Development Summit at the British Library on 7 June 2017. The talk of Nelson Mlambo about the work in Namibia provided the opportunity to talk to a large audience about all aspects of co-production and co-research within the project. The presentation led to the invitation to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar - which Loredana Polezzi attended for TML: GC and participated in the writing of the statement. It has also led to the invitation to Nelson Mlambo to take part directly in the University wide seminar on Global Challenges at Bristol University, 10-11 April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/international-development-summit/
 
Description Participation of Nelson Mlambo (UNAM) in Art, History and Modern Languages classes at Castlebrae CHS, February-March 2017 
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 During his placement in Scotland, as part of the project, Dr Nelson Mlambo (UNAM) participated in classes in Art, History and Modern Languages at Castlebrae Community High School in Edinburgh to monitor TML cross-disciplinary language learning methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation of MOOC (UNAM) November 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of the highly successful Cardiff University MOOC Working with Translation to both the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Prof. Jairos Kangira) and specialists in translation (e.g. Prof. M Zappen-Thomson) and other members of Faculty in UNAM to initiate a collaboration for a version of the MOOC that is aimed specifically to the needs of Namibia and the SADC countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Screening of videos of TML GC Video Production Competition, Cardiff, November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Screening of Videos, 12 November 2017, by the two winners of the TML GC Video Production Competition on Youth Culture and Multilingualism during the 5th Edition of the Watch Africa Film Festival in Cardiff, a film competition aimed at UNAM students currently studying media and/or theatre studies, set up in collaboration with the University of Namibia, the Phoenix Project, the School of Modern Languages and the Watch Africa Wales Film Festival. The screenings represent the conclusion of a two-week residency encompassing a range of activities designed to teach several essential elements of narrative filmmaking as well as exploring and documenting the dynamic relationship between minority and mainstream languages both in Namibia and in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public lecture Prof J. Kangira (UNAM), Cardiff, 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 Public Lecture at Cardiff University by Prof J. Kangira, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNAM. Title of Lecture "The Significance of Shakespeare's Work in Namibian Society". The lecture was part of the series events linked to translation and the work that TML: Global Challenges is pursuing in partnership with UNAM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description TML Global Challenges Workshop at Cardiff University December 2016 
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 Strategic project planning workshop attended by over 20 people, including Prof. Kangira and Dr Mlambo, TML GC team and representatives of The Phoenix Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description TML Scotland Research Workshop, May 2017 
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 The workshop, 'TML: Scotland Research Workshop' held at Castlebrae Community High School on 30 May 2017 presenting projects of TML and TML: Global Challenges to range of education professionals and policy makers in Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description TML: Global Challenges Project Launch, December 2016 
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 Attended by about 30 people with representatives from all participating institutions and projects, including the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Kangira, as representative of the University of Namibia and Ms Nicola Pullman as representative of the Phoenix Project (Cardiff University). Representatives of the Universities of Bristol, St Andrews and Warwick were also present as well as the lead of the Modern Languages Mentoring Project and representative of the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, Prof. Claire Gorrara. UG students and post-graduates from different Schools of the university were also present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description TML: Global Challenges Workshop at Cardiff University February 2017 
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 TML: Global Challenges Workshop at Cardiff University February 2017, Ystafell Ifano James in the Old Library, Cardiff, 9.30-17.00 Attended by Loredana Polezzi - Cardiff University, Luisa Pèrcopo - Cardiff University, Derek Duncan -University of St Andrews, Charles Burdett -University of Bristol, Nelson Mlambo - University of Namibia, Marius Hedimbi - University of Namibia, Claire Gorrara - Cardiff University, Lead of Modern Languages Mentoring Project; Rachael Langford - Cardiff University, Head of School, Modern Languages; Fadhili Maghiya - Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel, Watch-Africa Film Festival; Nathan Roberts - Cardiff University, Continuing Education (MOOC team); Elen Davies - Cardiff University.
Topics included: design and delivery of Namibia/SADC-focused version of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) 'Working with Translation'; collaboration with MFL Student Mentoring Project in Wales; and Connections with Watch Africa Film Festival, with specific relation to the development of a 'Multilingualism and Youth' short film competitions for UNAM students and Namibian filmmakers (student competition to be combined with a Cardiff residency for winners).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Training Event, 'Modern Languages, Multilingualism and Global Challenges', Cardiff, November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Training event for MFL Student Mentoring Project: 'Modern Languages, Multilingualism and Global Challenges', with contributions/presentations by Loredana Polezzi, Luisa Pèrcopo, Meleri Jenkins, Lucy Jenkins from Cardiff University; Charles Burdett, University of Bristol; Jairos Kangira, Nelson Mlambo, Aurelie Zannier from University of Namibia; and Shirin Ramzanali Fazel.

Attended by about 30 student mentors and British Council language assistants who have since been disseminating project findings through their own mentoring/teaching practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UNAM, Workshop for 3rd Year Family Medicine students, March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi & Luisa Percopo: workshop for Dr Felicia Christians' 3rd year Family Medicine students (approx. 50 student). First test of tailor-made materials on sensitization to working in multilingual contexts and in collaboration with interpreters/translators, to be included in Medical School curriculum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop for Media and Law students, UNAM, April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi & Luisa Percopo organized workshop for Media and Law students (30 students) at the University of Namibia: testing materials on multilingualism and translation/interpreting with different cohort. This was followed by attendance, with Ann Roberstson, at the Didactic Language Forum: exchange of pedagogic practices with language specialists from UNAM. It was then followed up with a workshop for Media and Public Relations students: second test of materials on multilingualism and translation/interpreting with humanities/social sciences cohort.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop for Nursing programme, UNAM, March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi & Luisa Percopo organized a workshop for Nursing programme at UNAM: second test of materials developed for UNAM Medical School, this time in a Continuing Professional Development context (approximately 15 people).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop for UNAM Staff from Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy Schools, June 2017 
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 UNAM SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Luisa Percopo and Loredana Polezzi organized workshop/Medical event for UNAM Staff from Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy Schools. Title of Workshop: 'Multilingualism and Translation in the Health Sector: Ongoing and Future Collaborations'. Sensitization of staff and training on delivery of materials produced by the TML GC project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop on multilingual education in UNAM, March 2017 
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 Loredana Polezzi and Luisa Percopo organized a research workshop on multilingual education in UNAM attended by about 30 colleagues from the Department of Languages and Literatures and the Education sector: including teachers across the regions and some NIED representatives. Focus on pedagogic practices, collaboration and co-production.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop with Pharmacy Students, UNAM, April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Loredana Polezzi, Luisa Percopo and Ann Robertson: workshop with Pharmacy Students; final, extended session testing materials, including simulations and role plays, developed for UNAM's Medical School (approx. 40 students).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop: 'TML Global Challenges: Taking Things Forward', Cardiff, Nov 2017 
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 One-day workshop titled "Transnationalizing Modern Languages Global Challenges: Taking Things Forward" at Cardiff University, 10 November 2017. Attended by representatives of the Welsh Government, British Council, AHRC (Translating Cultures Scheme), Modern Languages Mentoring Scheme, Phoenix Project, OWRI, UCML and Alliance Française (Agenda and Pics). List of participants:

Dr Walter Ariel Brooks - British Council
Dr Sian Brooks - University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Dr Jennifer Burns - University of Warwick
Prof Charles Burdett -University of Bristol
Prof Derek Duncan - University of St Andrews
Prof Charles Forsdick - University of Liverpool
Prof Claire Gorrara - Cardiff University
Prof Stephen Hutchings - University of Manchester
Ms Lucy Jenkins - Cardiff University
Ms Meleri Jenkins - Cardiff University
Ms Anna Vivian Jones - ERW
Prof Jairos Kangira - University of Namibia
Ms Ariane Laumonier - Alliance Française
Ms Tallulah Machin- Cardiff University
Dr Nelson Mlambo - University of Namibia
Dr Luisa Pèrcopo - Cardiff University
Prof Loredana Polezzi - Cardiff University
Prof Julian Preece - Swansea University
Ms Nicola Pulman - Cardiff University
Mrs Shirin Ramzanali Fazel -Writer
Ms Aurelie Zannier - University of Namibia

The workshop focused on the impact and significance of the TML GC project and its intersection with the activities and mission/goals of a number of other stakeholders and projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop: TML: Heritage and Language in Education, UNAM, June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshop organized at UNAM on 13 June 2017 on Heritage and Language in Education. Teachers and researchers of TML:GC project presented their work at both Castelbrae Community High School (Edinburgh) and Van Rhyn (Namibia) Schools. The workshop was attended by around 20 people including UNAM academics, teachers and language advisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshops with Shirin Ramzananli Fazel, Namibia, March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Shirin Ramzananli Fazel (TML/TMLGC member and translingual writer) conducted two writing workshops in March 2017 in University of Namibia with approximately 15 students. The workshops extended writing activities led by her for the TML project and focused on multilingualism and cultural heritage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017