Why do we still use “foreign” to describe languages which are spoken in our neighbourhoods? Why our students need to fly abroad to practise the languages they study? Who owns the languages, the nation-state or the people who speak them? Do migrants lose their linguistic skills?
These and other questions are behind the creation of Hubbub in London.
Hubbub in London, a platform to re-think the teaching of “foreign” languages within this city (and maybe, in other multilingual contexts), is created by L.Hernández-Martín and F. Simon at the Language Centre-LSE and it is designed to be a “work in progress”.
Our aims are to encourage students to cross the classroom boundaries and explore the reality of languages in London and to develop teaching methodologies to achieve this.
We welcome suggestions.