Teaching and research in 'strategically important' languages

Teaching and research in 'strategically important' languages
25 November 2016, 10.00am - 6.00pm
University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

Christine Lorre-Johnston (Paris); Catherine Davies (IMLR, London); Charles Forsdick (Liverpool)

The aim of this seminar is to question the notion of 'strategically important' languages, in a comparative perspective within Europe, focusing on the UK and France. Taking into account the national, European and global contexts, the seminar will examine the consequences this notion may have on higher education and research, as well as school education. Languages may be considered strategic for economic reasons (for instance Portuguese or Chinese), political reasons (Russian or Arabic), or a combination of both, at various periods of time.
Which languages fall in this category and who decides? What public policy is then undertaken? Where do currently non-strategic languages stand? Should all languages be understood in strategic terms? Has the 2001 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages become the main framework for language policy in France? What is the situation in the United Kingdom as a whole? These are some of the questions that need to be addressed.


The seminar will be held in English and French.

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