Creativity with Languages in Schools

Date
13 February 2020
Time
9.25am
Location
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

 

Abstract painting by Steve Johnson

Join us for a practical day of workshops, demonstrations and talks about creativity with languages in schools, both taught languages and those spoken in the playground and wider community.

We’ll be showcasing projects which encourage pupils to engage creatively with languages. Speakers / workshop leaders will include: Kate Clanchy, Suzanne Graham, Thomas Bak and Martin Maiden.

Registration for this event is now closed. You can read an overview of the event on the Creative Multilingualism blog.

Teaching materials presented on the day are available on the Resources section of the Creative Multilingualism website.

Programme:

Time

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Workshop room 1 – BG01

Workshop room 2 – B104

9.00 

Registration – Coffee available

9:30–9:35

Welcome

Wen-chin Ouyang

 

9:35–10:05

Making Foreign Languages Less Foreign Martin Maiden

A presentation showing how foreign languages are often less forbiddingly 'foreign' than they may seem. They are often 'long lost relatives' of English, and there are tricks for discovering the resemblances.

10:05–10.50

Keynote: Extra Ears: Why your EAL students make the best poets

How putting poetry first brought unique success to a multi-lingual comprehensive. 

Kate Clanchy

 

10.50– 11.20

Coffee

11.20– 11.35

Producing multilingual films: the resources we made, and what we learnt from our schools’ competition

Inma Pedregosa

Workshop: Flights of Fancy

A workshop to introduce students and teachers to how we name and think about the natural world. We explore names for birds, creative perceptions and sayings about birds, and how bird names open a window onto many different languages and cultures. 

Megan Kerr and Felice Wyndham

 

11.35– 11.50

Celebrating linguistic diversity through performance

Eneida Garcia Villanueva

11.55– 12.25

 

Workshop: Flights of Fancy

A workshop to introduce students and teachers to how we name and think about the natural world. We explore names for birds, creative perceptions and sayings about birds, and how bird names open a window onto many different languages and cultures. 

Megan Kerr and Felice Wyndham

Workshop: Working with Slanguages in the Classroom: Professor Rajinder Dudrah will give an overview of his research project on Slanguages and how forms of slang (e.g. creole, patois, pidgin, urban sign language, street fusion codes, etc.) have been used creatively by the different artists that he has been working with. He will introduce one of the artists, Rupinder Kaur, who will offer examples of how to use mother tongue, dialect and slang, alongside English in the classroom

Rajinder Dudrah 

12.25– 13.10

Lunch

13.10– 14.20

Keynote: Multilingualism and Language Learning

Thomas Bak

 

14.25– 15.25

 

Workshop: Linguistic creativity in the language classroom

Suzanne Graham, Steven Fawkes and
Linda Fisher

 

A presentation of the key findings of a research project, working with 600 French and German learners in year 9 from 16 secondary schools across England. Followed by a hands-on exploration of the materials used, and a discussion of how participants could use/adapt them in their own context.

 

Workshop: Creative Writing in a Multilingual Classroom

 

A game and a poem to use in the EAL classroom

Kate Clanchy

 

The MFL classroom: how we helped year 10 students of French and Spanish embrace their multilingualism, and write their own linguistically inventive poems.

Jane Hiddleston

15.25– 15.55

Tea

15.55 – 16.55

 

Workshop: Linguistic creativity in the language classroom

Suzanne Graham, Steven Fawkes and
Linda Fisher

A presentation of the key findings of a research project, working with 600 French and German learners in year 9 from 16 secondary schools across England. Followed by a hands-on exploration of the materials used, and a discussion of how participants could use/adapt them in their own context.

 

Workshop: Creative Writing in a Multilingual Classroom

 

A game and a poem to use in the EAL classroom

Kate Clanchy

 

The MFL classroom: how we helped year 10 students of French and Spanish embrace their multilingualism, and write their own linguistically inventive poems.

Jane Hiddleston

17.00– 17.30

Multilingual Performance Project:

A talk by Director of the MPP, Dr Daniel Tyler-McTighe, describing the work of the MPP to date, the resources available to teachers and what’s coming up in 2020 across England and Wales. The session will include a short film about MPP workshops as well as input from a teacher who has been involved in the project. 

 

Daniel Tyler McTighe and Ann Poole

 

17.30– 17.40

Closing Remarks

Katrin Kohl

 

 

Rainbow image by Steve Johnson via Pexels.