On 23 May MEITS celebrated the successful launch of its languages policy journal, Languages, Society & Policy (LSP), at an event generously hosted by the British Academy in London. Edited by a multidisciplinary team, LSP is a unique online resource which publishes the latest academic peer-reviewed research in jargon-free, short and accessible papers explaining language findings from the fields of linguistics, modern languages, cultural studies, neuroscience, psychology and education.
This well-attended event, chaired by Bridget Kendall, brought together researchers, journalists, practitioners and policymakers, and included inspiring keynote talks by Baroness Coussins (Co-Chair of the APPG on Modern Languages) and Professor Nigel Vincent (Lead Fellow on Languages at the British Academy). These were followed by a round table discussion with Paul Kaye (European Commission), Michael Kelly (University of Southampton), Fiona Mackay (Scotish CILT) and Diana Sutton (Bell Foundation). The panellists considered how to inform policy around languages more effectively, and how to promote languages and language learning more generally in government and in society. It is hoped that the new journal will facilitate policy engagement and that it will become the go-to resource for high-calibre research on languages for non-academic interest groups.