Siân Preece, Arnaldo Bernabe Griffin, Claire (Yu) Hao & Gozzal Utemuratova

Making the most of linguistic diversity: the views and practices of bi/multilingual postgraduate students

This panel reports on a small scale staff-student project supported by UCL ChangeMakers that set out to investigate linguistic diversity among MA students in the Applied Linguistics group at UCL Institute of Education. The project aimed to put forward the notion of UCL as a multilingual site and to foster views of linguistic diversity as an asset to be valued rather than a problem to be fixed among staff and students. To this end, the students in the project team collected data from their classmates, including a survey and reflective journals, and gathered video-recorded observations from around the campus. In this panel, the project team present the initial findings from the data and raise questions about what the sector can learn from the communicative and linguistic practices of bi/multilingual postgraduate students as they go about their everyday life at UCL.



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