Outreach

Language Landscape is involved in outreach with schools and community centres. The outreach programmes are in line with the general objectives of Language Landscape: to raise awareness of language diversity and encourage greater interaction amongst speakers of smaller languages through the use of our website. Our programmes aim to increase awareness of the global geographical spread and movement of languages and to show how the interactive tools on this website can be used to document and map this movement.

In 2013 we ran our first pilot project with Bow School in East London, with support from UnLtd‘s SOAS Hub. The above video was created as part of the project, and features some of the pupils from Bow School and their teacher talking about what they learnt and the positive outcomes from working with Language Landscape. The project culminated in a visit to SOAS University of London where the pupils debated academics on the topic of endangered languages. During the project, the pupils documented some of the multilingualism at Bow School, you can listen to their recordings on their project page.

In Summer 2013 we also began our community centre based outreach projects at the London Irish Centre. You can listen a sample of the recordings here.

The Language Landscape Outreach currently team consists of Charlotte Hemmings, Ebany Dohle, Samantha Goodchild, and Karolina Grzech, who coordinate and manage a team of volunteers. We have designed and delivered a unique set of educational curricula and materials. We cover topics in linguistics and endangered and minority languages, but our primary focus is on enhancing concrete technical skills such as web skills, project management, and making and editing audio and video recordings. We are currently in the process of putting together an information pack which will include a video and a detailed case study report which will be published here soon.

If you would like to find out more or are interestedvin starting a project in your school or community, please get in touch with us: outreach@languagelandscape.org.

A special thanks to our previous outreach coordinator and co-director Teresa Poeta for helping to establish the outreach projects and for her continued support and collaboration with Language Landscape outreach.

Further special thanks to our volunteers and supporters from the Bow School project: Yun-Hsin Chang, Karin Hedberg, Soung-U Kim, Luke McDermott, Marta Poeta, Clare Roberts, Frances Simmons, Zander Zambas, Pablo Zanón.