Centre for Multilingualism in Education

The aim

Our aim is to develop practice-based research with a particular emphasis on inclusive education with the following objectives:

  • develop small-scale classroom research to explore issues affecting multilingual learners
  • organise research seminars with specific focus on multilingualism, multilingual classrooms and inclusive classroom strategies
  • organise conferences biannually on topics mentioned above
  • generate funds through conferences, training and consultancies
  • support MA/PhD programmes through existing expertise both inside and outside education at London Met

Summary of the proposed research activities

The Centre for Multilingualism in Education aims to develop small-scale research over the next three years, with the view of enhancing teaching methodologies to enable some groups of minority ethnic children to have full access to the curriculum. With this key focus, the proposed centre aims to invite classroom practitioners and researchers to conduct small-scale research in multilingual classrooms. The centre also aims to bring together a number of academics with particular expertise in areas such as bilingual education, bilingual education with special emphasis on gifted and talented/special educational needs, multilingual classroom practice and community education.

The Centre is to be self-sufficient and operate with minimal support from the Department. It will generate funds by organising conferences (biannually), attracting relevant PhD/MA applications as well as providing consultancy and training to community organisations. Preliminary discussions have already taken place between the head of department, head of Continuing Professional Development and the principal members to develop existing links with the community organisations.

Some of the research activities of the principal members of the proposed centre are closely linked to initiatives already undertaken and supported by the Institute of the Policy Studies in Education (IPSE), namely minority education, equality of educational opportunities, bilingualism and achievement. We hope to continue to work closely with IPSE and seek advice accordingly.

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