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Date: Thursday and Friday 5-6 September 2019

Venue: Conference room 639&642, Institute of Education, University College London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

 This two-day symposium brings together scholars and researchers working in the field of Family Language Policy (FLP). In recent years FLP has become a major research area where researchers seek to generate new knowledge, employ new methods and develop new theories about the dynamic sociocultural practices of families. 

This symposium is organised by the UK-based research project, Family Language Policy, 2017-2019, funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council, UK) and headed by Prof Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen (University of Bath), Prof Li Wei (UCL IoE) and Prof Zhu Hua (Birkbeck, University of London). 

The symposium highlights recent research developments in different sociopolitical contexts, different sociocultural communities and regarding different types of linguistic/media practices. It focuses on three major research projects, funded by the national research councils: in the UK; in Finland jyu.fi/whatsinapp, and in Norway MultiFam: Family language policy in multilingual transcultural families

The symposium will contribute to discussions on local, national and transnational connections of family language policy research. 

The programme can be found here

The conference leaflet can be found here


Date: Thursday 2nd November, 2017 Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Conference room, University of Bath, Level 6, 83 Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1Y 5ES


Opening speech by Baroness Coussins, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages

This event brings together policy makers, ethnic community members, transnational families, and academics to launch our Family Language Policy(FLP) research project. Funded by ESRC, the FLP project aims to shed light on what sociocultural and linguistic milieu in communities and families facilitate children’s multilingual development, and what policies at educational and national levels provide conducive environments for home language maintenance and literacy development. The project involves three levels of investigation: national, community and family. The national-level survey will be launched at this event. Three communities - Chinese, Polish, and Somali - will be investigated in more depth later on. The project will generate new knowledge on multilingual development, language maintenance, and social cohesion.


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