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.

Publications


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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 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 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 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 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 contributed to meetings and workshops of the group, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/about/events/conference-languages-creativity
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/languages-creativity/language-lives/iraqi-poet-encourages-students-nu...
 
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 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 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 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 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