Creative Multilingualism

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Medieval & Modern Languages Fac

Abstract

Languages are currently valued mainly as practical tools for basic transactions in monoglot contexts. Yet language use is a creative act. Languages evolve in interaction with the needs of individuals who acquire and shape their linguistic resources in interaction with multiple intersecting communities. They change and mingle as cultural constellations shift, and they rapidly turn new technical possibilities into communicative innovations.
The crisis of Modern Foreign Languages in UK schools, with its serious consequences for higher education, business, and diplomacy, has its roots in globalisation, the expansion of English as global lingua franca, and diversifying electronic media dominated by English. Arguably it also marks the failure of UK policy-makers and the educational sectors to address these challenges with the necessary understanding, imagination, and unity of purpose.

This programme exploits the crisis as an opportunity to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process of rethinking the identity of Modern Languages from the ground up. It will seek to dismantle assumed oppositions between 'vocational' and 'academic' purposes, and develop a concept of languages that responds to the multi-faceted needs of individuals and communities in the contemporary world. Researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Reading, SOAS (London), and Pittsburgh will pool their expertise in some 40 languages to unlock the subject's creative and connective potential by investigating how languages and creativity interact in processes involving more than one language.

Research in seven interlocking strands will analyse how we turn thoughts into language-specific metaphors (strand 1), deploy the resources offered by our language to name the elements of our environment (strand 2), and negotiate language 'barriers' to intelligibility across related languages (strand 3). They will seek to capture the creative stimulus generated by multilingual theatre and music (strand 4), identify the creative processes initiated by multilingual literature (strand 5), and explore the creation of multiple meanings in the act of translation (strand 6). Empirical research will compare functional and creative methodologies in language learning and establish benefits of creative activities for the literacy, motivation, and confidence that are key factors in take-up and progression (strand 7).

In order to understand multilingual creativity, we need to engage with a variety of contexts and exchange knowledge with practitioners. Partners from beyond academia will contribute to focus groups, workshops, conferences and specialised projects. To take just a few examples, the British Council will enhance opportunities for engagement with policy-makers and involve learners across the world. Work on community languages within the UK will be augmented by a window onto linguistic communities across over 120 countries opened up by BirdLife International. Collaboration with Sputnik Theatre Company, Punch Records, the Ashmolean Museum and cultural festivals will facilitate cross-language projects with actors and musicians, an exhibition, a 'Linguamania' celebration and a Multilingual Music Fest for primary school children. English PEN will provide opportunities to find out about multilingual experiments by creative writers. Meanwhile language experts from GCHQ and ING Media will give insights into the creative language skills used in intelligence and PR. Teachers and learners in schools will interact with the research throughout, culminating in an interactive schools Roadshow.

The programme will transform research in Modern Languages by invigorating the subject from the grass-roots up to blue-sky research. By putting creativity at the heart of languages, it will reconnect languages with the arts and humanities while allowing their innovative force to become productive across disciplines and communities.

Planned Impact

The programme will take advantage of OWRI as a unique opportunity to achieve a transformational impact on Modern Languages research in the UK. It will do so by breathing new life into a subject that has lost confidence in its identity as languages have come to be associated in schools and society with vocational skills devoid of intellectual excitement.
The programme is predicated on a passionate conviction that languages have creativity built into them, and that this principle holds the key to achieving the urgently needed transformation - both because it motivates engagement, and because it brings innovative thinking to bear on securing the future of the subject.
The researchers will implement a communications strategy centred on the main website and associated social media, with a wide range of impact-oriented activities. Knowledge exchange with partners will gain depth and resonance in annual conferences and related activities on four themes, with different strands taking responsibility for conceptual coordination:
Year 1: Languages & Creativity (lead: strands 1 and 7)
Year 2: Creating Multilingual Identities (lead: strands 2 and 3)
Year 3: Performing Languages (lead: strand 4)
Year 4: Global - Local: Creating a Multilingual World (lead: strands 5 and 6)
A Public Media Focus Group and a Focus Group for Digital & Social Media, Apps & Games will keep the programme in touch with modes and channels of communication. A Schools Focus Group and Careers Focus Group will involve sixth-formers and students to ensure that the programme speaks to the constituencies which are vital to its transformative success. Focus Group Workshops will involve a wider range of partners and participants.
The Steering Committee will oversee monitoring of the impact work through school surveys, and written, oral and digital feedback.
The activities of the programme will put creativity at the Heart of Modern Languages in a cumulative process that both engages and benefits the intended audiences: policy-makers, communities whose first language is not English, the creative economy, other organisations that use languages professionally, teachers and learners.
Policy work led by strand 1 (Kohl) in collaboration with the British Council will promote dialogue across stakeholder groups to embed creativity in policy documentation on language use and language learning. This will gain an international dimension in two workshops with Pittsburgh and the US languages association JNCL-NCLIS.
Work on UK community languages will be led by strands 2 (Gosler, Park) and 3 (Maiden, Lahiri) in collaboration with the Smithsonian, BirdLife International and local and international schools, with activities ranging from crowd-sourcing projects to a primary school Multilingual Music Fest.
The creative economy gives immediate access to the creative potential of languages. Strand 4 (Dudrah, Bullock, Curtis) will involve actors and musicians in workshops, study days, and performances that give participants tasters of Russian theatre, Lieder, and Black British and British Asian music.
The case for the social value of languages also needs to be made in the context of other forms of work with languages. Focus Workshops facilitated by Business in the Community will complement workshops that encourage young people to explore careers from unusual angles as creative writing and literary translation are put into contact with intelligence work and PR. Strands 5 (Ouyang, Hiddleston) and 6 (Reynolds, S. Park) will take the lead together with PI Katrin Kohl, who has extensive experience of languages in business contexts.
Engagement with schools led by strand 7 (Graham, Fisher) and supported by collaboration with the Association for Language Learning will be central to the research and impact work throughout, and empirical research will use schools as research sites. A global classroom project and Multilingual Olympiad will push language learning beyond the curriculum.
 
Title Beatfreeks at Creative Multilingual Identities Conference 
Description Amerah Saleh and Bohdan Piasecki, aka 'Beatfreeks', performed multilingual poetry at the Creative Multilingual Identities conference. Their programme included a jointly written piece in Arabic, Polish and English created specially around the theme of the conference. This poem highlighted the circumstances in which they did and did not use the different languages. The performance was followed by a Q&A. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 160 people signed up for the conference. The performance was recorded and will be posted online. Several members of the audience commented in their feedback that the performance was a particular highlight o the conference, and had helped enhance their appreciation of the multilingual nature of the UK. The team are discussing how to use performance effectively in their next conference. 
 
Title Evgeny Onegin - Helping Garsington Opera to stage a production 
Description Professor Curtis and Professor Bullock assisted the Director and Conductor to stage a production of Tchaikovsky's Evgeny Onegin. Professor Curtis was instrumental in helping both the production team and audiences consider the role of the novel in verse on which the opera is based: Aleksandr Pushkin's Eugene Onegin. In both a pre-season talk and a feature for the 2016 Garsington programme, Professor Curtis provided an overview of Pushkin's ambitious text. Professor Curtis also provided both a full translation and a transliteration of the libretto. Published by Garsington in a 125-page booklet, her word-for-word analysis of the text and annotations enabled both cast and orchestra to express the nuances and flavour of the original Russian in which the production was performed. Philip Bullock shone a light on Tchaikovsky's dramaturgy, providing a talk to complement Professor Curtis's lecture on Pushkin. In a further talk, Professor Bullock gave an insight into how and why the composer chose to dramatize Eugene Onegin. He worked with the director and the conductor during rehearsals, adding historical justification to their decisions. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The professors' contributions helped the Director and Conductor reconcile the two texts: Pushkin's Eugene Onegin and Tchaikovsky's Evgeny Onegin. The Spectator said in its review of the production, "Garsington understands Eugene Onegin better than Tchaikovsky did." The Conductor, Douglas Boyd, said 'Julie Curtis's and Philip Bullock's advice and knowledge on Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Eugene Onegin, and indeed the Russian language was not only invaluable to me as the conductor of the opera, but was inspiring.' Johnny Langridge, Director of Membership, Garsington Opera, said 'I speak for all members of Garsington Opera when I say how very grateful we are to both Philip and Julie for their selfless dedication to this project. We were able to have world-class expertise at our fingertips and this helped us to deliver a celebrated and acclaimed new production of a Russian masterpiece. They are both such a pleasure to work with and we are indebted to them both for giving so willingly of their kindness and expertise.' 
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/research/research-impact/shedding-new-light-tchaikovsky's-eugene-onegin
 
Title Flights of Fancy 
Description A co-created performance by Pegasus Theatre and The Conker Group sharing the different names and myths associated with the barn swallow on its migratory journey. Introduced by Dr Karen Park with a short talk on strand 2 research (on which the performance is based) and followed by a Q&A session. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The team learnt about how to turn research into a performance. The performance was well received on the evening and has led to a succesful bid for funding to record it and use it as a resource for the Multilingual Performance in Schools project. 
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/flights-fancy-birds-a...
 
Title Harry Potter and the Rosetta Stone Scroll 
Description Part of LinguaMania (see Engagement outcomes), audience members were asked to contribute to a sentence-by-sentence translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone on a giant scroll. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The final translation incorporated 55 languages. The scroll was subsequently displayed in the Ashmolean during a multilingual recitation of the text. 2,500 people attended the LinguaMania event and a sizeable number gathered for the recitation which was performed as part of the finale. This took place in the centre of the museum, and could be heard on every floor of the museum. The blog post about this artefact (see Engagement) received over 400 hits. 33% of attendees said this was in their top 3 activities on the evening (of over 35 choices). 
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/harry-potter-and-roset...
 
Title Languages in an East Oxford Primary School 
Description Made especially to show at LinguaMania, this short film made in a partnership between the TORCH Storming Utopia project and East Oxford Primary School celebrates the many languages used and spoken in the school, and explores what it might man to be multilingually creative in East Oxford. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film was shown repeatedly throughout the evening of LinguaMania (see Engagement outcomes), which drew an audience of 2,500. One viewer said in their LinguaMania feedback questionnaire, "The East Oxford children inspired me to persevere with my efforts to learn Slovak." 
 
Title Lekan Babalola at Slanguages Launch Oxford 
Description Nigerian jazz percussionist and winner of two Grammy Awards, Lekan Babalola performed at the Oxford launch of Slanguages. This multilingual performance took place at the launch of Slanguages, an exhibition exploring the connection between languages in the performing arts and creativity featuring the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Inclusion of performance helps celebrate community languages and demonstrates their value in creative work. Performative elements were subsequently included in the Creative Multilingual Identities conference and the team are planning to explore further the interplay of academic debate and performative material.The launch was attended by around 50 people. The recording of launch on YouTube has received 220 views. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnuv8LQbwIE
 
Title Listy I Liscie. Leaves and Letters. Poems in Polish and from Polish by the Students of Oxford Spires Academy 
Description A booklet of poems in Polish and from Polish produced by students at Oxford Spires Academy who have a second language at the root of their creativity, as a result of a workshop led by Wioletta Greg. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact In their forward, the research fellow and graduate student who helped facilitate the workshop and translate the work noted that the poems demonstrated "that Polish can be a viable and valuable medium of creative expression, and not just a hidden, superflous or even vaguely embarassing language that's never spoken or heard in a classroom; they also show that mixing languages can help spark creativity" 
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/polish-poet-fosters-c...
 
Title Lost Languages on Found Objects 
Description A video was made of the tour of language objects in the Ashmolean Museum that was created for LinguaMania LiveFriday by Professor John Coleman. The tour was given again as part of the Being Human Festival and included in their festival brochure. Funding for the recording was obtained from the University of Oxford. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Promotion of the event in the Ashmolean's event guide and the Being Human guide brought the work of the programme to new audiences. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HQezsWO4pM
 
Title Mappa Mundi Mother Tongue. 
Description A specially commissioned performance at LinguaMania designed in collaboration with Pegasus Theatre working with youth and refugee groups. The performers used clothing to create a colourful map of the world, which was then used for telling personal, traditional and folk stories from around the world in a variety of languages. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The performance was the literal and metaphorical heart of LinguaMania LiveFriday. Located in the Ashmolean museum's atrium, the performance could be seen from every floor of the museum, meaning that the vast majority of the event's 2,500 attendees would have caught at least part of the performance which ran throughout the evening (7 to 10 p.m.). In their feedback attendees said: "The Mappa Mundi [was] fantastic; I've never thought of the Ashmoleum as being such a wonderful theatrical space"; "[best takeaway] The fantastic and re-affirming experience of seeing people of so many different cultures, countries, languages, backgrounds, and ages all having a great time together. In these times when multi-culturalism is being challenged and fear of "other" people is becoming a sadly accepted norm, it was inspiring and encouraging to be part of a "great big melting pot" of people. I loved it!"; "Really nice initiative! Loved the performances! It was a different and very cultural night! Should have more initiatives like that more often." 
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/mappa-mundi-mother-ton...
 
Title My word is.... 
Description For European Day of Languages, staff and students were asked to share their favourite word in a European language. The participants were recorded explaining why they chose the word. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Over 200 people accessed the videos. 
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/my-word-0
 
Title RTkal at Slanguages Launch 
Description Grime musician RTkal performed at the launch of the Slanguages exhibition and gave a short talk describing the importance of languages to his work. The Slanguages exhibition explored the connection between languages in the performing arts and creativity featuring the work of three Birmingham-based artists (including RTkal) who use different languages in their musical and artistic work. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Inclusion of performance helps celebrate community languages and demonstrates their value in creative work. Performative elements were subsequently included in the Creative Multilingual Identities conference and the team are planning to explore further the interplay of academic debate and performative material.The launch was attended by around 50 people. The recording of launch on YouTube has received 220 views. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnuv8LQbwIE
 
Title Rinkoo Barpaga at Creative Multilingual Identities Conference 
Description Deaf comedian and filmmaker Rinkoo Barpaga discussed the different dialects of British Sign Language, the development of Urban Sign Language among ethnic minority deaf people, and language barriers he's encountered at the Creative Multilingual Identities conference. His piece includes some stand up comedy. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact 160 people signed up for the conference. The performance was recorded and will be posted online. Several members of the audience commented in their feedback that this session was a particular highlight and made them more conscious of linguistic diversity and the link between language and identity. The use of sign language has helped researchers on the team to think about oral languages differently, and discussions are underway about how to work with sign language in the future. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjvcMBSd5aw&t=624s&index=8&list=PLya0z8HWKwnriUD39nC_tSeGkOXuCZ3ce
 
Title Roots and Branches. Poems in Arabic and from Arabic by the Students of Oxford Spires Academy 
Description A booklet of poems in Arabic and from Arabic produced by students at Oxford Spires Academy who have a second language at the root of their creativity, as a result of a workshop led by Adnan Al Sayegh 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact In his forward, Professor Matthew Reynolds writes, "I learn how moved many [of the students] have been, first to hear Arabic spoken formally in a school environment, and then to be helped to use it, as a medium for writing poems. One of the included poems was further developed and won the Betjeman Poetry Prize. 
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/inspiring-pupils-mult...
 
Title Slanguages exhibition 
Description An exhibition featuring the work, archives and ephemera related to the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work. The exhibition featured RTKAL (aka Joshua holness), a grime artist, Rinkoo Barpaga, an urban sign language and deaf comedian and film maker, and Lekan Babalola, a percussionist and musician. The exhibition featured how these artists work with multi-languages, different popular cultures and British urban street styles in the formation of their music and related artwork. The exhibition also illustrated how multilingual languages and performance are used and taken up by different artists in their creative work in Birmingham's cultural industries. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact In particular the work of Rinkoo Barpaga introduced the CM project and the wider public to the idea of 'Urban Sign Languages' as a new way to think about languages and multilingualism as conceived on the CM project thus far. The work of the artists and the and the languages that they work in, including the medium of their expressions, were widely appreciated at the launch and on social media, as was seen through the exhibition hashtag - #Slanguages. The exhibition was reported by Keep the Faith, with a circulation of 80k for its print edition. It was also the Editor's pick in 'Daily Info' Oxford's onlne and print guide to what's on. The exhibition will be developed with existing and new artists as it tours to Birmingham in November 2018, London 2019, and another national venue TBC for 2020. 
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/slanguages-exhibition-wolfson-college
 
Title Tanny Tizzle at Slanguages Launch Oxford 
Description Performanc poet Tanny Tizzle performed in English and Jamaican patois at the Oxford launch of Slanguages. The Slanguages exhibition explored the connection between languages in the performing arts and creativity featuring the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Inclusion of performance helps celebrate community languages and demonstrates their value in creative work. Performative elements were subsequently included in the Creative Multilingual Identities conference and the team are planning to explore further the interplay of academic debate and performative material.The launch was attended by around 50 people. The recording of launch on YouTube has received 220 views. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnuv8LQbwIE
 
Title The Guest from the Future - Talk and Russian Song Recital 
Description Professor Curtis gave a talk to introduce a recital of Russian settings of Russian poetry, and together with Professor Bullock, also helped the Lieder Festival (Oxford Lieder is a programme partner) with the drafting of the programme and translation of the poetry texts for it. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The addition of a talk to the performance and the inclusion of the translated texts within the programme will have added significantly to the audience's understanding of the texts and appreciation of the performance. 
URL https://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/event/talk-and-russian-song-recital-guest-future
 
Title The War Hasn't Yet Started 
Description A performance of Mikhail Durnenkov's 'The War Hasn't Started Yet' at the Southwark Playhouse, London using Dr Birksted-Breen's translation. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The Guardian wrote an article on the play, arguing that "If you want to understand modern Russia - or modern life in general - consider Mikhail Durnenkov's The War Has Not Yet Started". The article received 420 comments https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jan/24/mikhail-durnenkov-russia-the-war-has-not-yet-started#comments 
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/lessons-learnt-profes...
 
Title What would you bring back if you travelled to the end of the world? 
Description Ingeniously designed to represent a geographical map of the world, the Mappa Mundi simultaneously uses a collage of fabrics to depict a bright-eyed and smiling face. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact During the performance at LinguaMania, the artist, Cedoux Kadima, welcomed visitors to consider what they would like to achieve if they themselves undertook a journey, and to inscribe their wishes on the artwork with brightly-coloured pens. The resulting artwork includes wishes such as 'freedom', 'peace', 'la tolerance', 'amor'... and 'Justin Bieber'! In their feedback attendees said: "The Mappa Mundi [was] fantastic; I've never thought of the Ashmoleum as being such a wonderful theatrical space"; "[best takeaway] The fantastic and re-affirming experience of seeing people of so many different cultures, countries, languages, backgrounds, and ages all having a great time together. In these times when multi-culturalism is being challenged and fear of "other" people is becoming a sadly accepted norm, it was inspiring and encouraging to be part of a "great big melting pot" of people. I loved it!"; "Really nice initiative! Loved the performances! It was a different and very cultural night! Should have more initiatives like that more often." A picture of the artwork now features on the research programme's homepage. 
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/
 
Title Word, Sound Power 
Description Punch Records, a programme partner, worked with Professor Rajinder Dudrah to create 'Word, Sound Power' for performance at the Languagues and Creativity Conference (see Engagement). 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact A number of the conference attendees cited this a the most interesting part of the conference. Asked whether the inclusion of a performance in the conference programme was fruitful 70% of respondents responded positively. One attendee said it " raised the energy in the room and opened a different side to the debate." 
URL http://punch-records.co.uk/punch-teamed-up-on-birmingham-city-university-project/
 
Description All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages (APPG ML). As a member of the group Professor Kohl contributed at a number of meetings including those on "Languages and exports post Brexit?" at the House of Lords; "Languages in our universities: sink or swim?"; the launch of the MFL Pedagogy Review Report; and the Mandarin Excellence Programme.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/schools/support-for-languages/thought-leadership/appg
 
Description German Excellence Programme. German Embassy cultural section and British Council co-hosted Strategy Meeting. Professor Kohl contributed to the meeting, the purpose of which was to explore whether a joint strategy could be developed along the lines of the DfE, Confucius Institute and British Council led Mandarin Excellence Programme.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description German HE Exzellence Strategy: an international body of HE experts to oversee and select top-ranking German research universities for funding. Professor Kohl attended the inaugural meeting and contributed to the formulation of policies for awarding research funding.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL http://www.gwk-bonn.de/fileadmin/Pressemitteilungen/pm2016-17.pdf
 
Description Innovation in Policy Impact Steering Group, University of Oxford. As a member of this group Professor Kohl has contributed to the creation of a mechanism for enhancing the visibility of Oxford's participation in policy making and the creation of a tool for making policy-work more effective. Professor Kohl represented the Humanites Division on this group. Partipation in this cross-disiciplinary, University-wide offers a means of giving languages a higher profile within Oxford University at a high level, and strengthening the channels available for other colleagues to use in due course. Strengthening the role of languages within OWRI institutions is part of the impact challenge of OWRI.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description MFL Pedagogy Working Group. Professor Kohl, one of the seven members of the group, contributed to meetings and workshops which led to the launch of the Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review Report: A review of modern foreign languages teachng practice in key stage 3 and key stage 4. The Working Group was set up under the auspices of the Teaching Schools Council, initiated by the Schools' Minister Nick Gibb.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The publication of the report was widely reported, including in the Times Education Supplement https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/making-teaching-more-conversational-could-help-tackle-languages. The TES claims an online audience of 1.85 million unique users every month https://www.tes.com/articles/display-tes-readership-profile. Publication was also reported in Schools Week http://schoolsweek.co.uk/teach-languages-for-three-hours-per-week-report-demands/, by the Association of School and Colleges http://www.ascl.org.uk/news-and-views/news_news-detail.ascl-welcomes-modern-foreign-languages-review.html which said "Sharing evidence about best practice is always important, but particularly in the light of more pupils being expected to take a modern foreign language. This is a big challenge and it is therefore absolutely essential that teachers have the very best support possible. Access to research about what teaching methods work best will help do that." At the Speak to the Future Symposium held in advance of publication, a statement from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards was read out which said, "The government has worked hard to reverse the long term decline in the number of pupils studying a foreign language that began in 2004... Not only are we determined to see higher language entry rates, but we are determined to ensure all pupils receive excellent language teaching. For this reason, I look forward to seeing the Teaching Schools Council's report into effective modern foreign language pedagogy."
URL https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MFL-Pedagogy-Review-Report-2.pdf
 
Description Ofqual changes policy on MFL grading
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Ofqual have announced a policy shift on grading in MFL which is the direct result of lobbying by teacher-led subject associations, UCML, the Chair of the MFL ALCAB panel Stephen Parker and Professor Katrin Kohl as lead for German on the ALCAB MFL panel (ALCAB operated in 2014). Professor Kohl has been involved in stakeholder meetings with Ofqual since 2013 and has specifically highlighted the need to address the native speaker issue in the context of severe grading. Severe grading has been a significant factor in depressing progression to A level in MFL.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/setting-grade-standards-in-a-level-modern-foreign-languages
 
Description Oxford University's response to Green Paper 'Building our Industrial Strategy'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Professor Katrin Kohl contributed contributed two paragraphs on valuing community languages in response to the question "How can we best support the next generation of research leaders and entrepreneurs?" as part of the University of Oxford's response to the UK Government's Green Paper 'Building our Industrial Strategy'
 
Description Speaking to a Global Future - The Languages Landscape Post-BREXIT. Professor Kohl contributed to symposium at the London Language Show, focussing on raising awareness of the importance of 'less-taught' languages
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The symposium brought leading employers, language champions, academics and policy makers, to set out a fresh post-Brexit agenda for languages. At the Symposium, John Hopper, Curriculum Division, Department for Education, read the following statement on behalf of Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School standards: I fully recognise the importance of languages to the business world and the value to pupils in developing fluency in a modern foreign language. The government has worked hard to reverse the long term decline in the number of pupils studying a foreign language that began in 2004...This year almost half of pupils took a language at GCSE, up from 40% in 2010, but we want this proportion to be much higher. Not only are we determined to see higher language entry rates, but we are determined to ensure all pupils receive excellent language teaching. For this reason, I look forward to seeing the Teaching Schools Council's report into effective modern foreign language pedagogy."
URL https://gallery.mailchimp.com/3597a48476744ef6a59119f53/files/S2FSymposiumInvitation.pdf
 
Description The Future of the UK's Cultural Relationship with Other European Countries. Professor Kohl contributed to a Q&A highlighting the impact of Brexit on Languages at a panel discussion and reception by the British Council, at the House of Lords.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Think German Network. The Network, of which Professor Kohl was a co-initiator, is supported and promoted by the German Embassy. It connects and coordinates the outreach and knowledge exchange work of university German departments with school MFL departments and other organsiations, with the aim of raising the profile of German. In 2016 and 2017 Professor Kohl co-Chaired, with the German Embassy's Head of Cultural Department, a Strategy Meeting and a meeting to discuss improving collaboration with schools. Under the auspices of the Network, Professor Kohl held a meeting with 10 school teachers ito discuss the facilitation of joint events between schools to create a sense of critical mass for German, and data gathering on concerns about grading, to be taken up with Ofqual.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The meeting with school teachers has led to joint events between schools taking place, and a sense of critical mass for German being created. The mutual support between language teachers will support the sharing of innovative approaches and best practice in language teaching, leading to better student outcomes. In addition, data has been gathered on concerns regarding assessment and grading, which will be used to inform conversations with the exam boards and Ofqual. This is important work as concern about robust assessment, support for MFL teachers in line with support for teachers in other subjects, and dependable, fair grading at A level are seen as key factors in take up and progression for Modern Foreign Languages.
URL http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/11/TGN.html
 
Description University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) AGM and Plenary Workshop: Mutual support: schools and universities working together on the new A levels. Professor Kohl participated in discussions as to how universities can support teachers in the transition to the delivery of the new Modern Languages A levels.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.ucml.ac.uk/events/01-07-16.html
 
Description Westminster Education Forum Seminar: MFL at secondary level in England - classroom teaching, recruitment and standards. At this seminar policymakers, teaching professionals and other stakeholders considered the findings of the Teaching Schools Council's review of MFL pedagogy in secondary schools, which aims to identify and share the most effective ways of teaching MFL. Professor Kohl contributed to raising the profile of grading issues at secondary level, on the basis of her participation in developing the syllabus for the new A-level in MFL (ALCAB A level content advisory board).
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The seminar assessed the latest thinking on teaching Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in England's secondary schools, and key issues for language teachers themselves. Policymakers, teaching professionals and other stakeholders considered the findings of the Teaching Schools Council's review of MFL pedagogy in secondary schools, which aims to identify and share the most effective ways of teaching MFL. Shortly after the seminar Westminster Education Forum produced a briefing document which was distributed to its policymaker contacts in government and to stakeholders more widely.
 
Description Being Human Festival Participation
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 09/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Curiosity Carnival participation
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 07/2017 
End 10/2017
 
Description DPhil Studentships
Amount £280,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Jesus College Research Grant
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Department Jesus College
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Description Knowledge Frontiers Grant 2018-2019
Amount £47,089 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start  
 
Description Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description Research Associateships
Amount £23,000 (GBP)
Organisation Modern Humanities Research Association 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2018
 
Description The John Fell Fund. Although the University made a commitment to providing additional funding as part of its application to the AHRC for the Creative Multilingualism Programme, a formal application into a competitive process was required.
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 161/121 
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2017 
End 06/2020
 
Description Creative Multilingualism and drama with Pegasus Theatre. Pegasus is an Oxford-based Theatre company 'with young people at its heart'. For over 50 years Pegasus has prioneered theatre and arts education work with young people, the local community, and professional artists at the start of their career. They have a track record for deliverying high quality, accessible and inspiring activities that encourage people to take part in the arts. This collaboration has grown out of the successful co-c 
Organisation Pegasus Theatre
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Programme is contributing intellectual input, as well as experience from a previous AHRC-funded project on multilingual drama in schools, and language contacts in schools.
Collaborator Contribution Pegasus bring expertise on working with young people and the local community, and a wealth of relevant contacts. Pegasus contributed considerable creative thinking to Mappa Mundi Mother Tongue (see Artistic and Creative Products) which became the centre piece for the LinguaMania LiveFriday event.
Impact A specially created performance and artwork at LinguaMania LiveFriday (see Artistic & Creative Products)
Start Year 2016
 
Description TORCH Creative Multilingualism Network - TORCH provides an important oppportunity for Oxford's humanities scholars to collaborate with researchers across other disciplines, and institutions; work with academics across all stages of their academic careers; engage with wider audiences; and bring together academic research, diverse industries, and the performing arts. 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities TORCH
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Programme will contribute an event to the TORCH programme each term.
Collaborator Contribution The TORCH Network gives the opportunity to involve other researchers from across the disciplines at Oxford in the work of the Creative Multilingualism Programme. In practical terms, TORCH also offers access to free venues for events. Support for event publicity via TORCH's website, newsletter, Facebook page (c. 8,000 likes) and Twitter account (over 5,000 followers). As a contribution in-kind TORCH organised the bite-sized talks activity as part of LinguaMania LiveFriday (see Engagement).
Impact An event was held (see Engagement) to launch the Network.
Start Year 2016
 
Description TORCH Theatre and Performance Network - TORCH provides an important oppportunity for Oxford's humanities scholars to collaborate with researchers across other disciplines, and institutions; work with academics across all stages of their academic careers; engage with wider audiences; and bring together academic research, diverse industries, and the performing arts. 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities TORCH
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Curtis will contribute expertise and help organise regular events.
Collaborator Contribution The TORCH Network gives the opportunity to bring together researchers from across the disciplines at Oxford with interests in theatre and performance. The University of Oxford has no drama department, yet there are many scholars whose research focuses on theatre. In practical terms, TORCH also offers access to free venues for events. Support for event publicity via TORCH's website, newsletter, Facebook page (c. 8,000 likes) and Twitter account (over 5,000 followers).
Impact Funding awarded. Event planning underway.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 'Das andere Petersburg zur Zeit Tschaikowskys' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Bullock was invited to give a public lecture in German ('Das andere Petersburg zur Zeit Tschaikowskys') as part of Stuttgart Opera's 'Werkraum Tschaikowsky' (15 January 2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.oper-stuttgart.de/spielplan/werkraum-tschaikowsky/
 
Description 2017 Curiosity Carnival. European Researchers Night. Oxford Museum of Natural History, Oxford, UK. 
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 2017 Curiosity Carnival. European Researchers Night. Oxford Museum of Natural History, Oxford, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/linguamania
 
Description A modern languages graduate, who has subseqently worked on The Crown and Panorama, describes how she uses the skills she gained from her degree. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A modern languages graduate, who has subseqently worked on The Crown and Panorama, describes how she uses the skills she gained from her degree.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/working-languages/how-learning-languages-can-he...
 
Description Ackley Bridge: English, Hindi-Urdu and Bollywood languages on the telly - blog post 
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 Professor Rajinder Dudrah describes how Ackley Bridge, a Channel 4 drama set in a fictional Yorkshire town, illustrates how mainstream British TV does not have to be monocultural or monolingual
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/ackley-bridge-english...
 
Description An Evening with Mourid Barghouti 
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 An evening with award-winning Palestinian poet and writer Mourid Barghouti in conversation with Professor Marina Warner and Professor Wen-chin Ouyang.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/evening-mourid-barghouti
 
Description Arabic Translation Workshop: Love notalgia, poetry and song 
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 Award-winning Palestinian poet and writer, Mourid Barghouti, on classical and modern Arabic poetics and Umm Kulthum, in conversation with Professor Marina Warner and Professor Wen-chin Ouyang.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/arabic-translation-workshop-love-and-nostalgia-poetry-a...
 
Description Are young people being imprisoned on island UK? - blog post 
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 Katrin Kohl argues that the UK's multilingual riches offer a vital resource for the country's economy and domestic and external relations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article on LinguaMania and Creative Multilingualism 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article about Creative Multilingualism Programme and LinguaMania LiveFriday event in January 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15052524.An_opportunity_to_reveal_your_inner_linguist/
 
Description Before Babel - a lost paradise? - Blog Post 
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 Professor Kohl writes about the mythic origins of, and political factors leading to, language diversity and the relationship between culture and language.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/babel-lost-paradise
 
Description Being Human - Are you a red pineapple monkey? 
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 programme used a stall at the Being Human Festival held in Oxford's Museum of Natural History to how Modern Languages are perceived and to discover what their status and identity is, compared to that of the Humanities and Sciences. Participants used cards to indicate which colours, creatures and fruit they associated with different disciplines, and were asked to create their own metaphors about the subjects. We had over 1,200 cards submitted over the course of the n event. The results suggested that, of the three subjects, Languages had the least clearly defined identity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/metaphor-activity-wha...
 
Description Brexit and Languages - Oxford Arts Blog 
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 Katrin Kohl writes for Oxford University's Arts Blog on Brexit and languages the day after Article 50 is triggered. The blog post received close to 2000 page views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/brexit-and-languages
 
Description Bringing languages to life - Blog Post 
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 Professor Graham writes about the benefits of language learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/bringing-languages-life
 
Description Building Bridges panel, Sir Robert Taylor Society conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Professor Kohl inaugurated the 'Building Bridges' panel as a standing feature of the annual Sir Robert Taylor Society conference. The purpose of the panel is to bring together HE and school teachers and provide an hour-long forum for discussing matters of concern to teachers including syllabus, grading issues, challenges for the future of the sector. The panel received excellent feedback from teachers and it contributed to positive general feedback from teachers and an appreciation of mutual interests across educational sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://srts.mml.ox.ac.uk/conference/
 
Description Business in Oxford 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Katrin Kohl and Rajinder Dudrah presented on 'Multilingual advantages in international markets and creative industries' at Business in Oxford 2017, described as "The biggest business networking and showcase event in the country".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://issuu.com/businessinoxford/docs/bio2017_programme
 
Description Can you speak only English but still be multilingual? - blog post 
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 Jamila Lyiscott's spoken word essay 'Broken English' filmed for TED is used to illustrate the argument that everyone is multilingual, evidenced by the (perhaps subconscious) code-switching that people do in their everyday lives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/can-you-speak-only-en...
 
Description Celebrating linguistic diversity through multilingual poetry 
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 report of the poetry workshop held at Haggerston School and its impact on the participating pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/celebrating-linguisti...
 
Description Collaboration with Sir Michael Boyd (formerly Artistic Director of the RSC at Stratford), providing a detailed report for him on the new translation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard which he is proposing to use for a forthcoming production of the play in Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Curtis provided verbal and written advice and networking informing future theatrical performance/s.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Constructing metaphors from language learning 
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 Professor Graham and Dr Fisher invited members of the public at LinguaMania to engage with and create metaphors for language learning in two different ways: 1) they presented a metaphorical simile on a display board, and participants wrote 'reasons' to explain the metaphorical simile, which were then displayed. For example: Learning another language is like riding a rollercoaster because.....you never know how it's going to turn out. 2) People were invited to create their own metaphor to represent language learning, which they wrote on cards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/Miss_LAvis/status/825089616243990529
 
Description Could learning a language make you a better footballer? - Blog Post 
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 Professor Kohl reflects on Martyn Heather, Head of Education at the Premier League's comments on why aspiring footballers should study languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/working-languages/could-learning-language-make-y...
 
Description Creative Multilingual Identities Conference 
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 160 people signed up to attend the two day conference on Creative Multilingual Identities. The first day of the conference comprised presentations by early career researchers who had responded to an open call. Participants came from other OWRI projects and from as far afield as Canada. The second day included two workshops on bilingualism, children and teaching which had been marketing specifically at teachers (and some tickets had been reserved for teachers). The second day also included a multilingual spoken word performance and a session on sign language and identity, inspired by the Slanguages exhibition. Audience members resported that their appreciation of the extent of multlingualism in the UK had increased by 'a huge extent'. Other comments included: 'The conference showed some fascinating insights into the link between minor and major languages, as well as the way we learn them', 'This conference really expanded my thinking of multilingualism', It made it [the connection between multilingualism and identity] tangible to me. It showed me how multilingual identity is voiced and used to create art and social change'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/creative-multilingualism-conference-2018-creative-multil...
 
Description Creative Multilingualism - Blog Post on the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Website 
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 Professor Dudrah outlines the aims of the project and work of strand 4 on the website of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) website. The link to the blog is shared on the BAFTSS mailing list with over 800 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://baftss.org/rajinder-dudrah-on-the-creative-multilingualism-project/
 
Description Creative Multilingualism - the hidden value of Linguistic Diversity. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 60 people, predominantly MBA students but also members of the public, attended a talk on Creative Multilingualism - the hidden value of Linguistic Diversity. The talk was part of the Saïd Business School's Engaging with the Humanities series, the intention of which is to give MBA students access to cutting-edge thinking in the Humanities. The talk stimulated lively response from audience. The attendance at the talk was exceptionally high for the series, and the following debate provided comments on the value and role of languages other than English. The event raised awareness among highly receptive MBA students and members of the general public about the value of languages beyond their transactional usefulness, and awareness about valuable individual competence. Also significant was the effect of strengthening collaboration with the Saïd Business School. The talk was recorded and has had 82 view on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSemrIPNPrw
 
Description Creative Multilingualism Launch Reception 
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 200 people attended a reception to formally launch the Creative Multilingualism programme. Professor Kohl gave a brief explanation of the project's aims and a rolling slideslow gave further information on the programme. Oxford's Lord Mayor gave a brief speech on his personal experience of multilingualism. Attendees included representatives from language departments in schools, local councillors, senior members of the University, programme partners and Advisory Board members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Creative translation: bending the rules to keep it personal - blog post 
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 Professor Philip Bullock describes his experience of giving a talk in his 'functional' German, highlighting the creativity used to communicate and reflect his identity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/creative-translation-b...
 
Description Creativity and Languages Conference 
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 140 participants signed up for a one day conference on the topic of Creativity and Languages, which was open to the public. Members of the research team presented on topics including: Writing between languages; Sense and Nonsense across Languages; and Multilingual Metaphor. Discussion panels featuring programme partners considered Working Languages, Multilingualism post Brexit, and Languages in Performance. The latter was prefaced by a specially commissed multilingual performance by RTKal (see Artistic & Creative Products). A session was also held on methods of evaluating impact from public engagement, including reflection on LinguaMania (see separate entry).
In response to the the question, 'To what extent did the conference enhance your appreciation of of the significance of creativity in relation to multilingualism and language learning?', participants responded, "It really did give me multi-perspectives in terms of the significance of creativity in relation to multilingualism and language learning"; "It improved my knowledge of language learning"; "to a significant extent"; "yes, definitely"; " I encountered concepts with which I was familiar but also things which were entirely new"; "to a huge extent!" As a result of the conference, Professor Susan Graham was subsequently invited to present at Abingdon TeachMeet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/conference-languages-creativity
 
Description Curiosity Carnival - Multilingual Body Metaphor Map 
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 Participants were asked to write body part related metaphors, in any language, and stick them on the relevant part of Eddie/Edna's (our mannequins) anatomy. The activity was used to illustrate Professor Kohl's research on metaphor. 158 metaphors stickers were created and 61 people were engaged in deeper conversations about the research. Reflecting on this activity strongly influenced the shape of our participation in the Being Human Festival museum activities. The University reported that 42,496 people engaged with the live activities of Curiosity Carnival either as visitors to the events or remotely via online means. Curiosity Carnival successfully increased participation rates of the two most disadvantaged socio-economic groups of residents in Oxfordshire ('Financially Stretched' and 'Urban Adversity') from the baseline levels seen at Oxford University Museums, to levels in line with the population. 280,175 online/ digital active engagements took place during: the 6-month digital and engagement campaign; the main event and post-event activity via social media (such as Twitter posts; retweeting; Facebook posts etc) and other online engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/creative-multilingual...
 
Description Curiosity Carnival - Performances 
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 We also held two performances to help further share our research with the visitors to Oxford University's Curiosity Carnival. Pegasus Theatre and The Conker Group created 'Flights of Fancy', a mesmerising performance which wove together different folk tales about the swallow from diverse cultures across the globe. Is it a harbinger of doom? Or does it bring luck and fortune? And how did it get its v-shaped tail? They incorporated a variety of languages to show creative multilingualism in action. Poet Paul Henry and Brian Briggs of Stornoway also performed their collaboration The Glass Aisle, a long poem with songs set on a stretch of canal in Wales. The work creatively combines the language of music and nature. Funding was subsequently secured to film Flights of Fancy for use in the Multilingal Performance in Schools Project. Learning from this event also influenced the structure of the museum activities in the Being Human Festival. The University reported that 42,496 people engaged with the live activities of Curiosity Carnival either as visitors to the events or remotely via online means. Curiosity Carnival successfully increased participation rates of the two most disadvantaged socio-economic groups of residents in Oxfordshire ('Financially Stretched' and 'Urban Adversity') from the baseline levels seen at Oxford University Museums, to levels in line with the population. 280,175 online/ digital active engagements took place during: the 6-month digital and engagement campaign; the main event and post-event activity via social media (such as Twitter posts; retweeting; Facebook posts etc) and other online engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/creative-multilingual...
 
Description Dictionary no hatwok 
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 Programme partners GCHQ ran a demonstration on how language learning can be fun as part of LinguaMania
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Do objects speak? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Wen-chin gave a talk - "Do objects speak" - using blue and white porcelain to illustrate multilingualism as part of the bite-sized talks at LinguaMania.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://torch.ox.ac.uk/themes/creative-multilingualism#quicktabs-theme_term_quicktab=3
 
Description Do you have butterflies in your stomach or little deers jumping in your heart? - Metaphors, linguistic diversity and foreign language learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A lunchtime event on what metaphoric expressions reveal about the underlying language and related culture, and how metaphors can be taught effectively. Professor Jeanette Littlemore from the University of Birmingham joined team members researching the topic (Linda Fisher, Katrin Kohl, Marianna Bolognese and Ana Werkmann Horvatt) for a discussion followed by Q&A. The 100 capacity event sold out and attendees, who comprised students, academics, teachers, and members of the general public, reported that the event had proved very interesting, informative and enjoyable. Members of the audience said: "Gave lots of ideas to think about relationship between metaphor and culture"; "It made me think more about metaphor especially when I work on translation"; "It was very insightful (esp the overview of current research)". 45 attendees signed up to the programme's mailing list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/do-you-have-butterflies-your-stomach-or-little-deers-ju...
 
Description Does the image of Germans in the UK press affect whether pupils want to study the language? - blog post 
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 former school teachers summarises her PhD on motivations for language learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/does-image-germans-uk...
 
Description Ebacc - passport to success in the global economy? - blog post 
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 Professor Katrin Kohl discusses factors contributing the the decline of language learning in UK schools and the likely impact of the new English Baccalaureate (Ebacc), which includes compulsory language study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/ebacc-passport-succes...
 
Description Evgeny Onegin 
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 Professor Bullock provided a programme note for Welsh National Opera's autumn season production of Tchaikovsky's Evgeny Onegin ('Tchaikovsky's Search for Sincerity', programme booklet, WNO autumn 2017, pp. 84-91).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Figurative Frames in Political Communication 
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 A discussion featuring Christian Burgers, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, considering how figurative frames structure and and colour political communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/figurative-frames-political-communication
 
Description Game Plans and Brexits: The Power of Metaphor in British and German Perspectives. Article in the Friends of Germanic Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research Newsletter. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Game Plans and Brexits: The Power of Metaphor in British and German Perspectives. Article in the Friends of Germanic Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research Newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Gardening - a metaphor for language learning? - Blog Post 
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 Dr Fisher explores the use of garden metaphors and language teachng and learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/gardening-metaphor-lan...
 
Description Growing up in a multilingual family - blog post 
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 A student of German at the University of Oxford describes the benefits of multilingualism based on her experience of growing up with a mix of languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/growing-multilingual-family
 
Description Haggerston School workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A teacher from the school (a project partner) said "We were extremely fortunate to be able to take part in the Creative Multilingualism project ... Our students not only got the chance to think about how their own linguistic backgrounds inform their study of French and Spanish, but they also got the sense that their experiences and backgrounds are valuable and valued as a source of creativity and energy that will only help them as they pursue their language studies to A Level and beyond. To see our students make genuinely insightful analysis about poetry in a mixture of other languages and then apply a range of techniques in their own work was a real treat, and broke down barriers between subject areas that certainly linger on in many students. It is certainly the type of work and activity that we do not normally make enough space for typically in school, but the engagement of students and the level of challenge was clear for all to see."
Teacher from St Paul's Way Trust School: "Taking part in the Creative Multilingualism project was an invaluable experience for our learners. The activities planned and delivered by Jane and Laura allowed students to think about their relationship with languages in ways they hadn't done so before, and has sowed the seed for a lot of valuable discussion around the links between language, culture and identity.
The project has given me and my department some real food for thought around how we might celebrate home languages. Indeed, we plan to use some of the activities we saw during the workshops as part of our introduction to MFL in Year 7, as a way to increase motivation."
75% of students said it made them realise they could be creative with language in ways they had not thought of before
67% said it made them think differently about the languages they speak and their relationship with each other
43% said it made them consider choosing French or Spanish A Level
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/celebrating-linguistic...
 
Description Harry Potter and the Rosetta Stone 
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 This blog post describes the (at the time of publication forthcoming) creation of a crowd sourced translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at LinguaMania LiveFriday. As a result of interest in Harry Potter as a lens through which to celebrate community languages and look at translation, a number of translations of Harry Potter will be included in the 2019 Babel: Adventures in Translation exhibition, which will also featue the scroll produced at LinguaMania.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/harry-potter-and-rose...
 
Description Helping to balance the European argument - John le Carré speaks out for language learning - blog post 
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 Professor Katrin Kohl reports John le Carré's highlighting of the role that language learning plays in fostering and appreciation of clear languages - and truth. She argues that his comments can be extended to language learning and teachng more generally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/helping-balance-europ...
 
Description How language learning can be inspired by a fictional world - blog post 
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 An account of how fiction can be used to inspire interest in languages among children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/how-language-learning-can-be-ins...
 
Description How subtitled films can help you learn a language - blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact An Italian graduate currently on ERASMUS exchange at the University of Oxford describes how subtitled films helped with her language learning. The blog was republished at http://bookshelf.mml.ox.ac.uk/2017/11/01/how-subtitled-films-can-help-you-learn-a-language/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/working-languages/how-subtitled-films-can-help-...
 
Description In conversation with Roderick Williams 
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 Roderick Williams, the leading British baritone gave a masterclass to promising new singers followed by a Q&A session. The afternoon provided a remarkable insight into how to imbue musical performance with a real sense of creative involvement, as well as how to convey foreign poetry to audiences even when they don't understand every word of a poem or have access to a text and translation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/creative-multilinguali...
 
Description In the Footsteps of Rumi 
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 Professor Matthew Reynolds led a workshop in which members of the public at LinguaMania were invited to discover the 13th century Persian poet Rumi and write their own creative responses to his work. A number of attendees cited this as their top takeaway from LinguaMania, describing the workshop as "inspiring", noting "it was interesting hearing the translation of Rumi's poem and how it differed from the original Persian", and saying "The Rumi exhibition/collaboration was illuminating. It has inspired me to pick up my heart and the pen more often."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Inspiring pupils: multilingual creative writing - blog post 
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 Kate Clanchy writes about the impact of Creative Multilingualism's Arabic Workshop on pupils at the Oxford Spires Academy. Impacts include: the volume of poems produced, some of which were printed as a booklet and readings of some of which were filmed; a number of poems were entered into the John Betjeman Competition for 10-13 year olds, and the impact on the students including the production of additional work, desire for increased vocabulary and pride in seeing their work published. One of the poems initiated in the workshop won the John Betjemen Competion. A poem produced subsquent to the workshop and tweeted by Kate Clanchy received 6.3k likes and 2.6k retweets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/inspiring-pupils-mult...
 
Description International Ornithological Congress Vancouver 2018 
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 2018 (accepted) Symposium co-convened by F.Wyndham & A. Gosler: Integrating Human Cultural Perspectives in Bird Conservation: the Role of Ethnoornithological Research and Practice. International Ornithological Congress, Aug 2018, Vancouver, Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.iocongress2018.com/
 
Description Interview with That's Oxfordshire 
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 Video interview about the Creative Multilingualism programme recorded at Oxford Spires Academy, a partner on the programme. The recording explains the aims of the programme and focuses particularly on writing workshops being held at the Academy with student testimony as to how multilingualism aids creative writing. The interview was broadcast on That's Oxfordshire and subsequently posted to YouTube (70 views).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8akrvtxM0o
 
Description Inventing (the) English: Racism, Multilingualism and Medieval Studies 
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 Publication on the programme web site of a piece by Rachel Moss originally published on the Meny Snoweballes blog in response to @LeaveEUOfficial tweet that 'Corbyn happy to accept Britain is now a "multilingual society". The blog cites evidence for the long history of multilingualism in the British Isles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/inventing-english-rac...
 
Description Invited Presentation at Max Planck Institute Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2017 Invited presentation, F. Wyndham. Scraping for ecological relations: bird names, linguistic roots, and cultural significance. From Ants to Romance: Applications of Text Mining to Research on Culture, Cognition, and Language. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany. November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Jane Eyre Workshop 
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 Researchers from across the globe came together to discuss various transmutations and translations of Jane Eyre. Through a comparative close reading of parallel passages, the researchers noticed textual variations and departures. One of the explicit aims of the workshop was to discover what can emerge from a comparative close reading of multiple translations, and to trace the factors that contribute to textual shifts and changes. The workshop not only offered some fascinating discoveries but laid the basis for a further workshop in spring or summer 2018 leading to a print or digital publication. A blog post summarising findings of the workshop and demonstrating how Jane Eyre could be used to shed light on prismatic translation received close to 200 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/reader-i-went-through...
 
Description Languages as another way of being - blog post 
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 Professor Katrin Kohl writes about the hidden multilingualism within the UK, how different schools work with multilingualism in the classroom, and the value of multilingualism for identity and cultural expression.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/languages-another-way...
 
Description Learning a language is like crossing an ocean - blog post 
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 This blog post describes the metaphor creation activity that took place at LinguaMania LiveFriday and highlights some of the metaphors created during the event. Embedded in the post is a video of team members Dr Linda Fisher and Professor Suzanne Graham explaining how the activity relates to their underlying research. Learning from this event influenced the metaphor activity presented as part of Curiosity Carnival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/learning-language-cro...
 
Description Life in a multilingual community - blog post 
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 A PhD student attached to the programme describes their experience of working as a Language assistant in South Tyrol, where the majority of people are bilingual or trilingual, and how that shapes and reflects people's identity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/life-multilingual-com...
 
Description LinguaMania LiveFriday 
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 2,500 people attended 'LinguaMania', a special Friday night opening of the Ashmolean Museum. 29 diverse activities were distributed throughout the museum. Activities included multilingual music and theatre performances, languages tasters (including modern European languages, sign language, arabic, chinese and old Norse), tours of language objects in the museum's collection, writing workshops, bite-sized talks on language-related topics, and activities involving crowd-sourced linguistic ability.
Attendees were asked to place a tile in one of three 'bins' to indicate their view of the event. 997 tiles were placed in the positive bin, 68 in the neutral bin and 12 in the negative bin.
In the post event email survey, 86% of respondents rated the event extremely enjoyable or enjoyable. In the survey 25% of respondents said they intended to read a book about languages as a result of their attendance, 25% would watch a documentary on languages, 20% intended to sign up for a lanaguage class, and 21% intended to find out more about the research project.
As well as being able to make free text comments in the survey, attendees were given the opportunity of writing views on postcards during the events (135 postcards completed). Comments included "[took away that] Languages are worth taking an interest in for their own sake... and not just for practical reasons (eg. I can use it in a job). This event was good for stepping outside of the immediate practical aims a lot of people have when embarking on learning a language"; "Inspiring! Thank you. As a language teacher, I'll be using some of your brilliant ideas!"; "Excellent and creative activities. I'm here from the USA and thinking how I could do something in my area. Thank you!"; "[took away] Ideas for use in school e.g. Crowd-funded translation"; "Well put together a lot of exciting activities. Very educational. We'll definitely be spreading the word about Multilingualism! Well Done! Thank you!"; "Our sortie on a Friday evening to awaken our inner linguist is a fascination on our doorstep. Great theme - vielen Dank! Original and vibrant and diverse!"; "Such a wonderful mixture of cultures, ideas and languages! An inspiring experience."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ashmolean.org/livefriday/2017-01/
 
Description Linguistics Seminar, University of Pittsburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 2017 Karen Park 'An Absent Anaphor and Peculiar Predicates: Reflexive Strategies in Fijian.' University of Pittsburgh Linguistics Colloquium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lost Languages on Found Objects 
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 walking tour of script bearing artefacts in the Ashmolean museum with Professor John Coleman, held as part of the Being Human Festival. The tour aimed to highlight linguistic diversity and how languages could give insight into how human concerns have remained unchanged across thousands of years
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/lost-languages-found-objects
 
Description Mappa Mundi Mother Tongue at LinguaMania - Blog Post 
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 Professor Curtis reviews the performance and muses on the messages it contains about the connections between language, culture and art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/mappa-mundi-mother-ton...
 
Description Mapping translation - on the trail of Jane Eyre - blog post 
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 A description of initial findings on the mapping of different translations of Jane Eyre. A research workshop had been subsequently held on this topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/mapping-translation-t...
 
Description Meet the Linguists - Conversation article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Philip Bullock writes about the need for Britain to embrace linguistic diversity in a post Brexit world, and highlights the approach taken by France and other EU governments. The article received over 23k views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/meet-the-linguists-the-new-french-government-is-packing-some-pretty-inti...
 
Description Modern (Foreign) Languages - a fractured identity? - Blog Post 
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 Professor Kohl considers the benefits of language learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/modern-foreign-languag...
 
Description Modern Languages PGCE Mentor Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk for school teachers with responsibility for overseeing the subject-specific development of interns (student teachers) in school. The teachers were seeking (in their words) a bit of 'inspiration' and a reminder that there are other ways of approaching MFL teaching besides ploughing through a dry and heavily 'instrumental' scheme of work. The organiser of the meeitng also wanted teachers present to think about encouraging their interns to incorporate creative approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Modern Languages in the UK - Oxford Arts Blog 
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 Professor Katrin Kohl writes about the possible impact of the EU Referendum on the status of European languages in the UK. The page received over a thousand views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2016
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/oxford-and-brexit/brexit-analysis/modern-languages-uk
 
Description Modern languages 'at a crossroads' - new project launched today - Oxford Arts Blog 
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 On International Languages day Katrin Kohl writes about how the perception of languages in schools and society is suffering, and announces the launch of the Creative Multilingualism project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/modern-languages-crossroads-new-project-launched-today
 
Description Mother Tongue: Multilingual Identities 
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 Award-winning poet Vahni Capildeo and author Burhan Sönmez discuss the influence of their mother tongues on their life and work. Organised in collaboration with Programme partner English PEN
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2018
URL https://www.englishpen.org/event/37400/
 
Description Multilingualism after Brexit - Panel Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Rajinder Dudrah and Professor Wen-chin Ouyang took part in the 'Multilingualism post Brexit' panel with Selma Dabbagh, Writer and Human Rights Lawyer, and Nicky Harman, Freelance Translator at Languages and Creativity conference on Saturday 28 January 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Multilingualisms in World Literature 
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 Using the modern period (from the long nineteenth century to the twenty-first century) as the temporal framework, this conference examined the flowering of multilingualism inherent in a single linguistic system and one regional cultural complex, and the impact of this on linguistic, literary and cultural creativity. One participating early career researcher tweeted "Going to bed feeling incredibly lucky. I could not have dreamt about a better place and people to give #myfirstpaper."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/multilingualisms-world-literature
 
Description Musical Languages 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Bullock presented a series of three groups of songs in collaboration with the project partner, Oxford Lieder.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Musings from Cloud Cuckoo Land 
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 As part of the Linguamania Live Friday event at the Asmolean Museum on Friday 27 January 2017, Dr Karen Park (Linguist with the Ethno-ornithology World Archive) gave a public presentation entitled 'Musings from Cloud Cuckoo Land' (see bite-sized talks on the programmes available from the url given here) on aspects of bird naming around the world and the metaphorical 'meaning' of bird names. This was linked to the Words from Birds public participation event that ran simultaneously in Gallery 19 (see programme).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ashmolean.org/livefriday/2017-01/
 
Description My love affair with eight languages - blog post 
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 An 11 year old girl describes her inspiration for learning languages
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/my-love-affair-eight-languages
 
Description On being a citizen of the world - Blog Post 
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 Professor Bullock reflects on Theresa May's comment that, "if you believe you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere", and the relationship between language and identity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/being-citizen-world-0
 
Description Oxford Lieder Festival: languages as performance - blog post 
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 100 years on from the Russian Revolution, Philip Ross Bullock leads a study day exploring Russian song, both its general history and in relation to the Revolution. This blog post captures Philip's observations about the process of translating song texts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/oxford-lieder-festiva...
 
Description Oxford Spires Poetry Writing Workshops with Adnan Al-Sayegh 
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 Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh led two poetry workshops at the Oxford Spires Academy. The workshops aimed to stimulate creative writing among students, the majority of whom do not have English as their first language, in a school where 32 languages are spoken in total. The first workshop was for predominantly Arabic-speaking students from Syria, Sudan and Algeria, aged between 9 and 14. The second group of students, aged between 16 and 18, was more varied. Students wrote their own poems in English, others in Arabic, while one wrote an Arabic translation of a poem thought of in French. Students received feedback from Mr Al-Sayegh and presented their work to the group.
Students were able to experience the link between creativity and multilingualism. One participant subsequently blogged "it seemed that the creative process was particularly rewarding for those who had to overcome the linguistic challenge of an incomplete grasp of the language they were using, and often the resulting poems were especially compelling." In his subsequent blog, Anan Al-Sayegh observed that "the creative process was particularly rewarding for those who had to overcome the linguistic challenge of an incomplete grasp of the language they were using, and often the resulting poems were especially compelling". Between them, the two subsequent blogs received almost 400 page views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/iraqi-poet-encourages-students-nu...
 
Description Oxford Spires Polish Poetry Writing Workshop with Wioletta Greg 
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 A group of 15 year old Polish speaking students at Oxford Spires Academy participated in a workshop, writing poetry in Polish and English. A doctoral student assistant with the workshop reported " It was fascinating and moving to witness their sudden realisation that Polish could be a viable and valuable medium of creative expression, and not just a hidden, superfluous or even vaguely embarrassing language that's never spoken or heard in a classroom." A booklet of poems was produced as an output of the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/polish-poet-fosters-c...
 
Description Oxplore: Would it be beter if we all spoke the same language? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Oxford University live streamed a debate on 'Would it be better if we all spoke the same language?' as part of it's Oxplore initiative. The event brought together presenter Miya Madovi, a first-year undergraduate student in Spanish and Linguistics; Katrin Kohl, Professor of German Literature and Lead Researcher of the Creative Multilingualism research project; Marianna Bolognesi, Postdoctoral Researcher within the Creative Multilingualism Metaphor strand; and Tom Crawford, Tutor in Maths at St Hugh's College.151 participants signed up to the livestreaming of the debate, some of those participants were whole school classes, so the number reached will be higher. There was insufficient time in the debate to respond to all questions submitted so the team have been tweeting responses to questions that were not answered at the time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/would-it-be-better-if...
 
Description Poorer children left behind - article in the Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Suzanne Graham highlights results from the Language Trends Survey showing that less advantaged pupils have fewer opportunties for language study and notes the disadvantages incurred by these pupils and the wider economy. The article had 3834 readers and 11 comments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/poorer-children-are-being-left-behind-when-it-comes-to-learning-language...
 
Description Portuguese creative writing workshop with Hélia Correia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Portuguese author Hélia Correia (Camões Prize 2015) was invited to hold a workshop with a group of pupils at Oxford Spires Academy. The pupils came from different Portuguese-speaking backgrounds and were aged between 12 and 17 years old. For most of them, Portuguese was confined to the domestic sphere, with many of the schoolchildren accustomed to speaking the language only with their mothers. The blog post of the event received 50 page views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/portuguese-creative-w...
 
Description Revolution in Russia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 100 years on from the Russian Revolution, Philip Ross Bullock leads a study day exploring Russian song, both its general history and in relation to the Revolution. Philip provided a programme note for Andrei Bondarenko's evening recital of songs by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Rakhmaninov and Sviridov, as well as translations of all the songs sung during the day. His translations of Tchaikovsky's Sviridov's songs were subsequently used in Andrei Bondarenko's recital at Carnegie Hall that December. Philip wrote up his observations about the process of translating song texts for a blog post on the Creative Multilingual website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/revolution-russia
 
Description Round Table Discussion at Creative Multilingual Identities Conference, University of Reading, Reading, U.K. 3rd February 2018 
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 2018 Nature's Many Languages: Learning and Creativity in a Linguistically and Bioculturally Diverse World. A roundtable discussion with Dr John Fanshawe, Dr Andrew Gosler, Dr Karen Park, and Dr Felice S Wyndham. Creative Multilingual Identities Conference, University of Reading, Reading, U.K. 3rd February.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/creative-multilingualism-conference-2018-creative-multi...
 
Description Russian language taster session 
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 Professor Curtis gave an introduction to Russian via a language taster session at LinguaMania.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sense and Nonsense across Languages: the Example of Bird-Naming 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk entitled 'Sense and Nonsense across Languages: the Example of Bird-Naming' presented by Dr Andrew Gosler (EWA Director) and Prof. Martin Maiden, at the Creative Multilingualism conference at the Taylor Institute on 28 January 2017 in connection ith the Linguamania event in the Ashmolean Museum the previous evening.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/conference-languages-creativity
 
Description Slanguages: Languages in the Creative Economy - Oxford Launch 
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 Launch of the exhibition to explore the connection between languages in the performing arts and creativity featuring the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work. The launch included performances by Tanny Tizzle, Lekan Babalola and Rinkoo Barpaga. As a result of the interest in Rinkoo Barpaga's talk on the development of Urban Sign Language a session was introduced to the Creative Multilingual Identities conference exploring sign language and identity, and further work in this area is under discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/slanguages-exhibition-wolfson-college
 
Description TORCH Network Launch Event 
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 Over 100 members of Oxford University attended an event to launch the TORCH network (see Collaborations) and introduce the Creative Multilingualism Programme. Professor Kohl presented on the programme's objectives and other Research Team members attended to answer questions about their strands. Future events were announced and attendees encouraged to join the Programme's mailing list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/creative-multilinguali...
 
Description TeachMeet - presentation to teachers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact An invited talk to a group of teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Original Tweet. Creative Multilingualism Live Friday LinguaMania. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. 
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 2017 The Original Tweet. Creative Multilingualism Live Friday LinguaMania. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/linguamania
 
Description The blessing of Babel Blog Post 
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 An article on Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World blog. The article argues that, contrary to the traditional view of something being 'lost in translation', the act of drawing on multiple linguistic sources can create an original work bring fresh insights into the original piece.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://blog.oup.com/2016/11/blessing-babel-translation-migrants/
 
Description Thriving in Post-Brexit Britain: the importance of languages - blog post 
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 Katrin Kohl writes on the impact of Brexit on the ability of schools to deliver language teaching and language exchanges, and the importance of cross cultural communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/thriving-post-brexit-b...
 
Description Thriving in Post-Brexit Britain: the importance of languages - blog post 
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 Katrin Kohl critiques the Green Paper entitled Building our Industrial Strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/thriving-post-brexit-b...
 
Description Translating for the Stage: Translating on the Stage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Birksted-Breen presented about 'domestication' - how translation can be used to adapt political Russian plays into different British cultural forms, in order to engage British audiences and challenge their preconceptions about Russia and Russian culture. The presentation was part of a TORCH symposium held at the Maison Française and free to attend. The event brought specialist questions around translation into the public realm, and furthered scholarly debate by
bringing translators and scholars from different disciplines into contact - looking for common concepts and approaches between translators from entirely different spheres such as Deaf culture and Russian drama
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Unconstrained Translation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A lunchtime talk on Unconstrained Translation with Ulrike Draesner and Dennis Duncan as part of TORCH (The Oxford Research in the Humanities Network). This discussion considered literature that takes translation as its starting point for writing that is both constrained and unconstrained. Ulrike Draesner is a prize-winning writer of novels, short stories, critical essays and poetry. In 2014 she was longlisted for the German Book Prize for her novel Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/lunchtime-talk-unconstrained-translation
 
Description Want to hear creativity in language? Just speak to a toddler - blog post 
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 Michael Rosen's exploration of the linguistic creations of children as part of his Radio 4 Word of Mouth series is used to illustrate how creative language can be.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/want-hear-creativity-...
 
Description What do Modern Languages students do after graduating? - blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Students who had studied Russian at Oxford describe where their degree has led them. Interest in this area has led to further blog posts (using HESA data on Oxford Graduate destinations) and plans to include careers information in forthcoming school event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/working-languages/what-do-modern-languages-stud...
 
Description Which sectors do Modern Languages graduates work in? - blog post 
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 summary of employment destinations of Modern Languages graduates at the University of Oxford. A language taster day is being organised for school children in Wales and, as a result of interest in this post a session on careers is being included.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/working-languages/infographic-which-sectors-do-...
 
Description Who are our real friends? - Blog Post 
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 Professor Kohl reflects on Nigel Farage's comments at a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland that "our real friends in the world speak English."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/who-are-our-real-frien...
 
Description Why Yorkshire, Cockney & New York accents aren't out of place in Iannucci's 'The Death of Stalin' - blog post 
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 A PhD student attached to the programme discuss the film 'The Death of Stalin' and how it's unusual use of British regional accents highlights the importance of linguistic diversity and the potential it holds for the creative arts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2017
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/yorkshire-cockney-new...
 
Description Why language skills are a priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The British Ambassador in Dakar describes how he gained his language skills and how he uses them in his work. Interest in this area has led to plans to include careers information in forthcoming school event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/working-languages/why-language-skills-are-prior...
 
Description Why translation matters - Blog Post 
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 Professor Curtis considers the importance of translation as highlighed by the debate as to what Vladimir Putin meant when describing Donald Trump as 'yarkiy'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/exploring-multilingualism/why-translation-matter...
 
Description Words from Birds 
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 As part of the Linguamania Live Friday event at the Ashmolean Museum on 27 January (see programme available from url given here) Drs Andrew Gosler and Karen Park of the Ethno-ornithology World Archive (EWA) hosted a word game for members of the public (see Ashmolean Gallery 19 on Programme) entitled 'Words from Birds' in which some 40 words in various languages of which half had avian roots (e.g. hen-pecked, but all less obvious than this!) were presented and people had to say if they thought the words were avian in origin. Members of the public in this case included people in approximately an age range of 8-80, and from many parts of the world - for example European, Asian and Pacific Island words were known or guessed by people from those regions.People were also invited to write down words that they thought might hae avian origins, for us to investgae and report back on. The event was very well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ashmolean.org/livefriday/2017-01/
 
Description Working Languages - Panel Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Julie Curtis took part in the 'Working Languages' panel with Leanne Tritton, Managing Director, ING Media (a programme partner), a representative from GCHQ (a programme partner), and Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017