13 episodes

As the UK faces a languages crisis, with numbers dropping up to 50% in take-up of GCSE Modern Languages since 2003 and a £48bn deficit in the UK economy due to a shortage of linguists, join languages teacher and entrepreneur Cate Hamilton as she talks to scientists, linguists, wordsmiths, and other interested guests about why being multilingual is (and always has been) normal, and why linguistics matters now more than ever. Let's talk about talking!

The Language Revolution The Language Revolution

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As the UK faces a languages crisis, with numbers dropping up to 50% in take-up of GCSE Modern Languages since 2003 and a £48bn deficit in the UK economy due to a shortage of linguists, join languages teacher and entrepreneur Cate Hamilton as she talks to scientists, linguists, wordsmiths, and other interested guests about why being multilingual is (and always has been) normal, and why linguistics matters now more than ever. Let's talk about talking!

    Episode 13: What if we taught language through poetry?

    Episode 13: What if we taught language through poetry?

    English is a mad pidgin language made up of archaic rules and brand new ones, and constantly changing. Grammar is not fundamental to learning a language: stories and images are fundamental. Kate Clanchy argues that idioms are the most important thing, and that all the unlistable connections, and the ineffable processes of learning language can be captured through the immersive process of sharing and writing poems. Her EAL/ESL pupils have won awards for their poetry, and learned English in the process. How does she do it? Is she multilingual? What about dyslexic children? Listen to find out her secret ingredient.

    • 48 min
    Episode 12: How does writing poetry help us find our voice?

    Episode 12: How does writing poetry help us find our voice?

    Is poetry the preserve of the elite, or can anyone, from anywhere, write a poem worth reading? In Episode 12, Cate talks to award-winning poet, teacher, and encourager of creative writing Kate Clanchy. Her students come from diverse and sometimes difficult backgrounds, and now find themselves writing poetry in a school in Oxford, England. Listen to their life stories, their poems, and how writing poetry is helping migrant children find their voices in unexpected ways.

    • 34 min
    Episode 11: What happens if your voice is silenced?

    Episode 11: What happens if your voice is silenced?

    Our voices matter to us, and having a voice is central to our experience as humans. But what if our voice is silenced, or gets taken away, or manipulated by the media? This is the experience of many refugees and migrants. In Episode 11, Cate talks about talking to the founder of Conversations from Calais, Mathilda Della Torre, who is using her graphic design skills to help re-humanise the refugee crisis by giving a voice to migrants in Calais. Some of the content is highly emotive. All of it is true.

    • 40 min
    Episode 10: Have we got our approach to teaching language right?

    Episode 10: Have we got our approach to teaching language right?

    In this extended episode, we hear Michael Rosen on education and this thing called 'Literacy'. Is it the same as literature? Is Literacy a good approach for teaching children about languages and how we use them? What tips does Michael have for teachers to encourage children to love words? Is teaching abstract grammar useful? Is there such a thing as 'proper' English? And what does happen to the bear at the end of We're Going on a Bear Hunt?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 9: How can we play with language through talk, poetry and writing?

    Episode 9: How can we play with language through talk, poetry and writing?

    If children love the sound and feel of words, then why don't we all grow up to be writers and poets? In this episode, Cate talks to poet, writer and children's literature expert Michael Rosen about how we go from playing with language as young children, to becoming confident (or not-so-confident) adults who use language for reading, talking and writing. Why does he think being silly is a good idea sometimes? Doesn't writing or poetry have to be deadly serious? And why is learning through talk so important to both children and adults, not just in arts subjects but in scientific contexts, like hospitals, too?

    • 49 min
    Episode 8: How can linguistics help teachers?

    Episode 8: How can linguistics help teachers?

    What's the scariest two-word horror story? English grammar. If linguistics is the Mount Everest of subjects, then grammar contributes to altitude sickness in all but the most experienced climbers. In this episode, Cate talks to linguistics expert Professor David Crystal about why linguistics matters, how we can untangle ourselves from grammatical confusion, and start playing with words again. Children are, after all, natural rap poets and learning grammar is just like driving a car, taking us to exciting new places.

    • 40 min

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Paul_______Osney ,

Fascinating

Great variety of guests and really interesting to explore the topic of talking, which we take for granted, from different angles. Highly recommend.

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