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How could multilingualism benefit India’s poorest schoolchildren?

20 November 2018

Multilingualism is the norm in India. But rather than enjoying the cognitive and learning advantages seen in multilingual children in the Global North, Indian children show low levels of learning basic school skills. Professor Ianthi Tsimpli is trying to disentangle the causes of this paradox. The trick may be to bridge...

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painting of Joseph Priestley: theologian, scientist, clergyman and stammerer, about 1797 from National Portrait Gallery, London

Study unearths Britain’s first speech therapists

22 October 2018

On International Stammering Awareness Day (22 October), a new study reveals that Britain’s first speech therapists emerged at least a century earlier than previously thought. It is tempting to think that sympathy for stammering is a very recent phenomenon but a significant change in attitudes took hold in the eighteenth...

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Professor Phil Woodland elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Phil Woodland elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

14 February 2017

Congratulations to Professor Phil Woodland on being elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Phil Woodland , Professor of Information Engineering, University of Cambridge has carried out pioneering work in the development of large vocabulary speech recognition, both in academia and industry. His contributions...

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MEITS launches (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies)

26 September 2016

To coincide with the European Day of Languages, a major new research project on multilingualism launches its website today (26 September). MEITS (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) will seek to "transform the health of the discipline of Modern Languages in the UK, attitudes towards...

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Impact Award for Dr Mari Jones for her work on Jèrriais

21 June 2016

Researchers from across the University have been recognised for the impact of their work on society, and engagement with research in the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards and Public Engagement with Research Awards. Research at the University of Cambridge has had profound effects on society – it is a formal part of...

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Indian school

New project seeks to raise learning outcomes in Indian primary schools

23 May 2016

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are to explore how India can provide a high-quality multilingual education system to primary school pupils. The importance of improving learning outcomes in primary school education has been in focus in India following the Right to Education Act (RTE) in 1 April 2010. One of the...

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Cambridge to explore the benefits of multilingualism in major AHRC research project

Cambridge to explore the benefits of multilingualism in major AHRC research project

21 March 2016

The University of Cambridge is to launch a major new research project to study the benefits of multilingualism to individuals and society, and transform attitudes to languages in the UK, as part of the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative. At a time when more than half the world’s population speaks more than one language...

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Is English enough? UK language policy debated

Is English enough? UK language policy debated

5 November 2015

A ground-breaking policy workshop aiming to break the “vicious circle of monolingualism” in the UK was held at Cambridge University, featuring representatives of government, education and key organisations including the British Academy and the British Council. Slides from this event can be viewed via the Language Sciences...

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Corpus reveals our growing interest in education

Corpus reveals our growing interest in education

9 September 2015

As children around the country go back to school, a new comparative study of spoken English reveals that we talk about education nearly twice as much as we did twenty years ago. The study, which compares spoken English today with recordings from the 1990s, allows researchers at Cambridge University Press and Lancaster...

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Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli joins as Professor of English and Applied Linguistics

Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli joins as Professor of English and Applied Linguistics

1 July 2015

The Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, looks forward to welcoming Professor Ianthi Maria Tsimpli from 1 July as the newly appointed Chair of English and Applied Linguistics. Professor Tsimpli has previously held the positions of Professor of Multilingualism and Cognition at the...

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