“inspiring language learners of the future”
The Languages for the Future project was created in 2014 as part of an Arts and Humanities research project between the University of Leeds, Cardiff University and Swansea University. The project was developed by four PhD researchers: Elizabeth Ward (University of Leeds), Hannah O’Connor (Cardiff University), Rachel Green (University of Leeds) and Anna White (Swansea University). Through the project, we hope to support the teaching of modern foreign languages in the classroom and inspire language learners of the future.
By using film to engage pupils, the presentations are designed to develop the language skills, cultural knowledge and analytical skills of pupils which they can transfer to their studies. The project aims not only to engage with pupils in the present, but also to inspire the next generation of language learners for the future by demonstrating the scope of language studies at university. The fact that the presentations are delivered by postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers allows for a two-way engagement: postgraduates and Early Career Researchers develop their teaching experience and consider how to tailor their field of research to audiences outside higher education, whilst secondary school pupils see the range of possibilities available to language students at university.
This project would not have been possible were it not for the generosity of many institutions, departments and individuals. We wish to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council for its generous financial support without whom this project would not have been possible, and the Universities of Cardiff, Leeds and Swansea for their institutional support. In particular, we wish to thank the following Departments and Units for their financial, logistical and technological support:
School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, Cardiff University
University Graduate College, Cardiff University
Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds
Centre for World Cinema, University of Leeds
The Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds
Faculty of Arts VLE Team, University of Leeds
Faculty of Arts Widening Participation Team, University of Leeds
The Language Centre, University of Leeds
We would like to thank Professor Paul Cooke at the University of Leeds for his guidance throughout the project. We are most grateful to Philip Chadwick for providing teaching skills support and development training.
Finally, we would like to thank our postgraduate and Early Career researchers for dedicating their time, knowledge and skills to the project.