S2 E7: Language as a Human Right – Fernand de Varennes

This episode is dedicated to Human Rights Day, which we celebrated on Dec 10th.For this, we have invited a very special guest, and we are honoured to have him with us today: Fernand de Varennes.  Prof. de Varennes was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues by the Human Rights Council and assumed hisContinue reading “S2 E7: Language as a Human Right – Fernand de Varennes”

S2 E6: Minoritized Languages – Guillem Belmar Viernes

Did you guys know that it’s estimated that half of the world’s 7000 languages are going to be extinct by the end of this century? Have you ever wondered how this happens, or would you like to know how we can combat this? Then this episode is for you! Our guest today is Guillem BelmarContinue reading “S2 E6: Minoritized Languages – Guillem Belmar Viernes”

S2 E5: Language in Everyday Life – Dr. Isabelle Barth

For today’s episode, we have invited Dr. Isabelle Barth. Isabelle is originally from France, and works as a consultant in languages, plurilingual education and intercultural communication. Isabelle conducts research on family language policies, in particular how they affect families with mixed cultural backgrounds and migrant families. In addition to her research, she founded the MultilingualContinue reading “S2 E5: Language in Everyday Life – Dr. Isabelle Barth”

S2 E4: Child Bilingualism – Dr. Sharon Unsworth

After a wee break, we are back with another great episode on a topic we get a lot of questions about: child bilingualism! For this episode, we invited Dr. Sharon Unsworth, who is a lecturer and researcher on second language acquisition at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on how to best raiseContinue reading “S2 E4: Child Bilingualism – Dr. Sharon Unsworth”

S1 E16: Languages for All – Thomas Chaurin

Thomas Chaurin holds a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Rennes 2. He has an extensive experience in language teaching, language teachers’ training, curriculum development, the Common European Framework of Reference for languages and its applications (e.g. European Language Portfolio, Reference Level Descriptors, international language qualifications, European Profiling Grid),Continue reading “S1 E16: Languages for All – Thomas Chaurin”

S1 E15: Multilingual Families – Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold & Korina Topalidou

For the International Day of Families, we have two special guests: Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold and Korina Topalidou. Ute is a multilingual Family Language Consultant and Intercultural Communication Trainer at Ute’s International Lounge. Ute holds a PhD in Romance Philology and has taught Italian historical linguistics at the Department of Romance Studies of the University ofContinue reading “S1 E15: Multilingual Families – Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold & Korina Topalidou”

S1 E14: Spanish Language – Dr. Carlos Soler Montes

To celebrate Spanish Language Day on 23 April, we are joined by Dr. Carlos Soler Montes. Carlos is a Lecturer at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches Hispanic Linguistics and advanced Spanish Language courses. He started working at The University of Edinburgh in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow and e-LearningContinue reading “S1 E14: Spanish Language – Dr. Carlos Soler Montes”

S1 E13: Bilingualism & Autism – Dr. Bérengère Digard & Sonny Hallett

In this episode, in honour of World Autism Awareness month, we are joined by Dr Bérengère Digard and Sonny Hallett to talk about Austin and Bilingualism in research and real life. Dr Bérengère Digard has just finished her PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focused on how being bilingualism shapes theContinue reading “S1 E13: Bilingualism & Autism – Dr. Bérengère Digard & Sonny Hallett”

S1 E12: Language, Race & Ethnicity – Nandi Sims

Today we are joined by Nandi Sims. Nandi is a PhD Candidate at The Ohio State University in the Department of Linguistics. Her primary interests lie in language variation and change stemming from situations of ethnic contact in the US. To explore the variation related to social identities, institutional ideologies, and the hegemonic structure ofContinue reading “S1 E12: Language, Race & Ethnicity – Nandi Sims”

S1 E10: Language and Identity – Dr. Katerina Strani

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Katerina Strani who is an Associate Professor and Head of Cultural Studies at the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. Katerina has a background in Languages and Politics, having taught translation and interpreting for 10 years, and worked as a freelance translator, interpreter andContinue reading “S1 E10: Language and Identity – Dr. Katerina Strani”