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Languages Events

 24 November 2014 Community Languages: policy, pedagogy, public understanding

The AHRC and British Academy are holding a panel discussion that will explore debates regarding community languages including the role of policy-makers and the education system in supporting and making best use of them, the impact of public perception and how to engage with languages in the public sphere to increase awareness and understanding of their centrality to civil and civic life.  

17 October - 28 November 2014 Language Festival 2014

The British Academy and Guardian have launched the UK's second national Language Festival for 2014.

The Festival aims to raise the profile of language learning among learners of all ages and celebrate the diverse cultural richness of the UK through a range of activities including public debates, online Q&As, downloadable schools resource packs and much more. 

To find out more about activities going on throughout the country and how you can get involved, visit the Festival's microsite or join in the debate on Twitter using the #languagesdebate. 

22 November 2013 ThirdYearAbroad: Careers for Global Graduates

ThirdYearAbroad, the British Academy, and the European Commission host a panel discussion about the benefits of hiring language graduates who have spent their third year in a foreign country. 

 11 November 2013 Translation in a Digital Age

The AHRC and British Academy are holding a panel discussion that will assess the implications of recent developments in machine translation, computational linguisticsand other technologies whilst exploring what, in the light of an emerging digital humanism, persists of the ‘living voice’ in translation practices.

4th - 30th November 2013 Language Festival 2013

The British Academy and the Guardian launch a new Language Festival for November 2013.


The joint languages festival will build on the success of the British Academy’s Language Week held in November 2012; providing a platform for schools, Higher Education Institutions, students, policy makers and businesses from across the UK to discuss, debate and explore the academic, cultural and economic benefits of language learning.  

13 May 2013 The Impact of Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS)
This reception featured keynote remarks from Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science and showcased the work of the LBAS centres in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Japan and the Arab World.

November 2012 Language Week 2012
From the 19-23 November, the British Academy held its first Language Week, involving a series of events for a combination of public and invited audiences. The events explored and championed the learning and use of languages in schools, universities, policy making and public life.

May 2012 Language, Community and Identity
In this panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Philological Society and the British Academy, the findings of recent research concerning language's centrality to community and identity were reviewed and debated by a panel of distinguished sociolinguists.

March 2012 British Academy Conference: Valuing the Year Abroad
Serving as a platform to launch a position statement on the issue, this conference brought together experts from the UK and other countries to discuss the importance of, and need for, studying abroad.

July 2011 Policy Forum: Parker, 25 Years On
In 1986, the Parker Report highlighted the need for Britain to maintain and nurture high quality centres of language teaching. 25 years on, the British Academy sought to explore the situation today against the backdrop of changing domestic and global contexts.

February 2011 Language Matters More and More Launch
The Academy launched a position statement refocussing attention on the need to boost capacity for language scholarship amid endorsements from the Minister of State for Universities and Science and other leading representatives of business, academia and government.