By Oxford University
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Welcome to the LinguaMania podcast. Produced by researchers from Oxford University-led Creative Multilingualism, the series explores some fascinating perspectives on languages and language learning, asking: Do we really need human translators? Why do we use metaphors and what do they teach us about other languages and cultures? How much of an unfamiliar language can we understand? Would creative language teaching make the subject more popular? Can languages help protect the natural environment? And so much more… So stop what you’re doing and start exploring the wonderful world of multilingualism!
||CleanDiversity in the arts: why languages need to be part of the conversation||Many languages and dialects spoken in British homes rarely make it onto the stage. In this episode of LinguaMania, we explore why linguistic diversity in the arts matters.||29 5 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Multilingual Performance Project: celebrating languages through drama||The Multilingual Performance Project (MPP) showcases and celebrates the multilingual nature of schools and demonstrates how multilingualism can interact creatively with teaching in the classroom, promoting both taught languages and community languages.||15 5 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy do we need people to translate when we have machine translation?||Some people ask why they should bother learning a language when there are online apps and websites which can translate quickly and accurately.||1 5 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLanguages are in crisis in our schools – could creativity help save the subject?||Can a creative approach to the study of languages enhance learner outcomes?||17 4 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do metaphors shape our world?||We tend to think of metaphors as poetic language, but we actually use them all the time in our everyday speech. But how do metaphors in different languages work? And can the metaphors we use affect our thinking?||3 4 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy should we read translated texts?||This episode explores what we lose or gain when we read a translated book. Are we missing something by reading the English translation and not the original language version? And what can the translation process tell us about how languages work?||16 3 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding our natural world: why languages matter||What role do languages play in helping us understand and protect our natural world? Do the words we use when talking about our local flora and fauna matter? In this episode of LinguaMania, we explore the links between language and nature.||9 3 2020||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow 'foreign' are 'foreign languages'?||Many people think foreign languages are alien to us, unless of course we've spent years studying them. But is this really the case? Or can we actually understand some words in a different language – even if we've never studied that language before?||18 2 2020||Free||View in iTunes|