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1 Towards a Language Policy at LSE Nick Byrne Academic and Professional Development/Language Centre

2 Why a language policy now? British Academy: Language Matters ports/language- matters/index.cfm ports/language- matters/index.cfm Worton Review: bs/hefce/2009/09_41/ bs/hefce/2009/09_41/ Feeling that we should have a policy is shared by senior management and language centre

3 The quote of the year (2009) David Lammy MP, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property: “A university without languages is a university without universality.” Taken from David Lammy’s introductory speech at British Academy, 3 rd. June o.uk/da/101469http://www.davidlammy.c o.uk/da/101469

4 LSE – the international dimension 9000 students 30% UG 70% PG 50/50 UK and non-UK International Multinational Students Workforce Multi-lingual London

5 The present situation for languages at LSE 250 students study a language as part of their degree: French, German, Mandarin (from 2010/11), Russian, Spanish 1500 learn a language as a certificate course (as above + Arabic, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish)

6 What is the UK picture? (1) AULC survey on students taking language courseswww.aulc.org 2007/08: 49% take a language as an extra-curricular activity 2007/08: 51% take a language as an assessed module 2007/08 (56 institutions) Degree module: Extra-Cur: Total: /08: Female 66% Male 34% 07/08: PG 25% UG 75% EU-UK: 75% EU-other: 14% Non-EU: 11% 07/08: 49% take a language as an extra-curricular activity

7 What is the UK picture? (2) Most popular languages taken as an extra-curricular activity in across UG & PG in English HEI’s in 2007/08 French23% Spanish24% German13% Chinese11% Italian 7% Japanese 7% Russian 6% Arabic 5% Others 4%

8 What is the UK picture? (3) Usefulness of a knowledge of languages in career goals (2007/08) A great deal 28% Quite a lot 21% Some help 39% No difference 12%

9 What is the UK picture? (4) Planning to work abroad? (2007/08) UK-EU students Don’t know: 31% No: 8% Yes: 61% Other-EU students Don’t know: 14% No: 0% Yes: 86% Non-EU students Don’t know: 20% No: 0% Yes: 80%

10 What is the UK picture? (5) EU goal of mother-tongue + 2 (2007/08) Necessary UK-EU: 30% Other-EU: 49% Non-EU: 43% Achievable UK-EU: 44% Other-EU: 63% Non-EU: 83% Desirable: 96%

11 Zero-cost measures… Endorsement from the top Buy-in from academic departments Buy-in from employers Greater profile in all publicity Advantages more clearly shown Multi-national branding extended to multi-lingual LSE language champions

12 £££ measures… Language awards Study trip bursaries Language Week Free language courses for any UK student who doesn’t have a GCSE…highly recommended but not compulsory

13 Towards national policies? Yes and No… Universities are developing policies which fit their own profile Momentum to get this done now Competitive edge Positive picture could emerge AULC will place all policies on their website

14 Towards a European consensus Wulkow Memorandum o.de/de/startsite_news/news1/Ne wsdoc/The-Wulkow- Memorandum.pdf is being adopted by national associations of university languages centres and by CERCLES o.de/de/startsite_news/news1/Ne wsdoc/The-Wulkow- Memorandum.pdf European universities could start to cross-market their language offer based on or using existing models such as UNIcert or agreed “kite-marking” accreditation procedures dresden.de/~unicert/e/index.htmhttp://rcswww.urz.tu- dresden.de/~unicert/e/index.htm

15 LSE commitment to language projects CMC Communicating in Multilingual Contexts The project is designed to cater for the needs of mobility students prior to exchange programmes with particular focus on academic language skills development.Communicating in Multilingual Contexts EXPLICS The aim of the EXPLICS project is to improve language competence of students by preparing models of best-practice in how to exploit Internet case study and simulation templatesEXPLICS

16 Contact details Nick Byrne


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