Creative Multilingualism is a thought-provoking and inspiring book for readers interested in languages or wanting to enter debates on ways we learn languages. The book is dedicated to young people and written in a friendly and open way. The framing of the text as a manifesto allows the authors to develop a strong argument for how language diversity intersects with creativity and set out a clear rationale for learning languages. The interdisciplinary approach is vitally important in demonstrating how learners can be enabled to draw on their repertoire of languages in creative and unexpected ways. Creative multilingualism provides a matrix for experimentation with ideas, approaches and methods. The section ‘Find out More’ is an excellent way to open up the debate and encourage readers to explore online creative multilingual resources. I think this book will make an invaluable contribution to debates in the field of language learning, multilingualism and creativity.
Goldsmiths, University of London
Creative Multilingualism: A Manifesto is the culmination of the four-year research Creative Multilingualism programme led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC-UKRI) as part of its Open World Research Initiative.
For further information, see the project website, or listen to the programme’s podcast serie.
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The Creative Power of Metaphor
• Enjoy the Yoruba Sonnets performance • Learn more about how metaphor works in these short documentaries about Metaphor and Linguistic Diversity, Metaphor and Emotion, Metaphor and Communication, and Metaphor and Creativity.
Creating a Meaningful World: Nature in Name, Metaphor and Myth
• Use the Bird Words activities in your school, museum, conservation group or community group • Explore names, migration paths, and folklore associated with birds on EWA's website.
Not as ‘Foreign’ as You Think: Creating Bridges of Understanding Across Languages
• Find out more about the research
A Breath of Fresh Air… Ivan Vyrypaev’s Oxygen (2002): From Moscow to Birmingham via Oxford
• Watch clips of the research and development performance of the hip-hop theatre version of Russian play Oxygen or the full performance. • Learn more about Slanguages, which explores the creative way artists employ and take inspiration from languages such as Arabic, Hindi, Patois, Pidgin, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu, urban sign languages, and Yoruba
Multilingualism and Creativity in World Literature
• Find out more about the research • Use these Multilingual Poetry Teaching Guides to inspire discussion about multilingualism and identity, and encourage pupils to create their own multilingual poems
• Discover the prismatic world of translation through the many versions of Jane Eyre. The website includes interactive maps and other illuminating visualizations • Read poems written by children in our workshops • Use our poetry activities to inspire pupils at your school
Getting Creative in the Languages Classroom
• Use the teaching materials in your classroom • Find out more about the research
Inspiring Language Learners
• Use our videos to inject more creativity into your language learning classes • Learn more about the Multilingual Performance Project
Languages at Work
• Watch our film on How Languages Help in your Career
• Watch Rinkoo Barpaga’s presentation on Urban Sign Language • Find out more about Babel: Adventures in Translation and the associated teaching resources