Translanguaging Art / PhD at the University of Glasgow

What can we learn from artists about multilingualism? A case for language pedagogy.

Translanguaging Art / PhD at the University of Glasgow
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A short summary of your project

I'm raising £4195 to fund my PhD in Modern Languages and Education at the University of Glasgow.

I strongly believe that it is of particular importance, especially now, in this current historical moment, to question the role of language in multicultural and multimodal context. I believe that contemporary art can offer a novel, valuable perspective on the subject of multilingualism.

During my PhD I will investigate art research into multilingualism and communication in linguistically and culturally diverse communities. I will consider its impact on language pedagogy and create, in collaboration with linguists, artists, migrants and language teachers, an exemplary, modular and replicable, art based programme of language learning to support language learning in mainstream schools, galleries, commmunity centres and at home.

Who are you?

I am an art historian (MA in History of Art, UCL) with a background in Polish linguistics and literature (MA in Polish Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University), an educator and arts manager (Diploma by Research in Arts Management at Birkbeck College), and most importantly, a mum of two bilingual children (no certificate).

I am not entirely sure if I really understand crowdfunding but I thought I should do something challenging to prove my determination and persistance. Out of necessity I involved my family in it and....well, you can follow our fundraising adventures here: https://mossinthesaddle.wordpress.com .

Your story

After several years of running art and community projects, supporting artists, students and academics in their work and developing my own research into art and linguistics on the side of my paid work I realised that my research has grown into something potentially valuable and I should share and develop it. I started talking about it with some friends and some strangers and received a very positive feedback. Subsequently I was offered a place to study for a PhD  at the University of Glasgow.

During my PhD I will look at what artists have been doing with languages and see what we can learn from them in order to support language learning in schools, art galleries and communities.

It is a striking paradox in the UK that, despite its thriving multilingual and multicultural community,  the majority of people living in the UK speak only one language ( Multilingual Britain Report) and despite the huge and extremely active creative industry in the UK the cognitive, critical value of contemporary art remains underrecognised.

My  research project will specifically respond to the 1+2 Languages Strategy currently being implemented in Scottish schools. This framework for language learning, based on the mother tongue + 2 additional languages model, offers the opportunity for the inclusion of community language and culture learning in the Scottish mainstream schools. The strategy is to be fully implemented by 2020. Currently there is little or no governmental support in the UK for community language learning, even though research emphasizes importance of home language maintenance and development for minority language speakers. Similarly,  much more can be done for modern / foreign languages learning given our increasing knowledge about benefits of bilingualism and, generally,  language learning for young and elderly alike.

The final outcome of my research will be a cutting edge portfolio of exemplary units of learning for minority and majority language speakers tailored to support language acquisition and maintenance in linguistically and culturally diverse communities.

I was amongst a very small number of prospective students nominated for a prestigious SGSAH AHRC DTP Scholarship. Unfortunately I was not successful in the final round. I intend to re-apply next year. This also means that I will have to work exceptionally hard right from the beginning of my course. The funding you offer will buy me time to study.

Where will the money go?

·         The course fees are £4,195 per annum.

·         The University of Glasgow online guide suggests that a student needs c. £950 per month to live (annually £11,400 ) plus £300 for UK travel and £350+ for books and stationery per year.

I am not eligible for a Postgraduate Loan and I am a mature student with caring responsibilities.  With two young children I do not have much free time to spare so every minute spent on studying means a minute less in paid work, and every minute in paid work means a minute less spent on studying. The more funding I can raise the more time I would be able to spend studying.

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I have created a blog https://mossinthesaddle.wordpress.com/category/blog/ to document my fundraising journey. Follow it to find out how well we are doing (and how helpless I am when it comes to cycling)!

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Every donation matters! Seriously! £1 is great!  (And if you can ask a friend to donate £1 too it's even better!)

Please share this project with anyone you think would support my research  – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog. In fact, share it with everyone you know as it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out!

Please sponsor my research and help creating the cutting edge art based language resources free for everyone!

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