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New Website on Multilingualism Research and Policy

last modified Sep 26, 2016 06:09 PM
To celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September, the Multilingualism Research Programme (MEITS) launches its project website which will be central for disseminating information about research and its impact.

MEITS (Multilingualism, Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) is a large-scale languages research programme funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and led by Professor Wendy Bennett at the University of Cambridge, with partners at universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham, Queens Belfast, Bergen, Girona, Hong Kong and Peking.

It is a flagship project which seeks to transform the health of the discipline of Modern Languages in the UK, attitudes towards multilingualism, and language policy at home and abroad.

Project Aims are:

  • Create new knowledge about the opportunities and challenges of multilingualism for individuals, communities and nations
  • Change attitudes towards multilingualism in the general public and amongst key stakeholders and policymakers
  • Develop new interdisciplinary research paradigms and methodologies
  • Re-energize Modern Languages by demonstrating how an innovative interdisciplinary project can integrate language-led research with literary-cultural studies and thereby address key issues of our times

There is a strong policy focus to the project, which builds on policy development already began with the report, The value of Languages. Follow progress on the project via website meits.org and Twitter @meits_owri.  

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