Multilingualism in the Community Award 2014

13 August 2013

Multilingual MattersWe are pleased to announce the 2014 Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community. The award aims to promote multilingualism in families, schools and communities. Every year we award £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. This could be a website, a newsletter, school or playgroup, or something else entirely, and can be based anywhere in the world. The only conditions are that your proposal must primarily be about languages and language use and that the money must be used for community projects and not to fund academic research.

Language Cafés

Language Cafés

Multilingual Art Studio

Multilingual Art Studio

So far we have had entries for a variety of different projects and you can read more about previous winners here:

2011 Multilingual Living

2012 Language Cafes

2013 Multilingual Art Studio

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 award, and we will announce the winner in January 2014. All you need to do is fill out the Multilingual Matters Award entry form and send it to info@multilingual-matters.com by 31 October 2013 with ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at info@multilingual-matters.com. We look forward to receiving your entry!


Just 3 days left to send your entry for our Multilingualism in the Community Award 2013

29 October 2012

There are just a few days remaining before entries close for this year’s Multilingualism in the Community Award. The award aims to promote multilingualism in families, schools and communities. We will be giving £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. It can be a community group or organisation or even a website or magazine. For full details of the award you can see our previous post.

We will be announcing the winner in January 2013. To enter, all you need to do is fill out the entry form and send it to info@multilingual-matters.com by 31 October 2012 with ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at info@multilingual-matters.com.


Last chance to enter the Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community 2013

26 September 2012

It’s not too late to enter this year’s Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community. We set up this award of £2000 to promote multilingualism in families, schools and communities. Any group or individual running a project involving multilingualism is eligible to apply for the award as long as they have not already been awarded funding from another source. The project can be anything: a website, a Saturday school, a playgroup, or something else entirely, and can be based anywhere in the world. The only conditions are that your proposal must primarily be about languages and language use and that the money must be used for community projects and not to fund academic research.

All you need to do is fill out the entry form and send it to info@multilingual-matters.com by 31 October 2012 with ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at info@multilingual-matters.com. We look forward to receiving your entry!


Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community 2013

11 June 2012

We are pleased to announce the 2013 Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community. We set up this award to promote multilingualism in families, schools and communities. Every year we award £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. This may be a website, a newsletter, school or playgroup, or something else entirely, and can be based anywhere in the world. The only conditions are that your proposal must primarily be about languages and language use and that the money must be used for community projects and not to fund academic research.

Language Cafés in Action

We had a huge number of interesting entries last year but after much deliberation we awarded the prize to the Language Cafés project based at Dalarna University in Sweden. This scheme organises regular evenings in a local café where members can practise conservation in many different languages. You can read more about their project in their post earlier this year.

We are now accepting applications for the 2013 award, and we will announce the winner in January 2013. All you need to do is fill out the entry form and send it to info@multilingual-matters.com by 31 October 2012 with ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ in the subject line. If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at info@multilingual-matters.com. We look forward to receiving your entry!


Winner of the 2012 Multilingualism in the Community Award

13 January 2012

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2012 Multilingualism in the Community Award is the Language Cafés project based in Dalarna, Sweden. Here, Mandy Bengts, coordinator of the Language Cafés, tells us a bit more about the project and how the prize money will help them to develop their scheme further.

Language Cafés in Action

Located in the heart of Sweden, Dalarna University (Högskolan Dalarna) may be quite small, but it also happens to be home to one of Sweden’s largest language faculties with 11 bustling and busy language departments, and an online Language Centre to its name.

With so much diversity, it is only natural that the university’s Language Cafés have come to be as popular as they are today. Every second Monday, anybody who wishes can come to these free cafés, where “How are yous?” and “Who are yous?” and “How do you say thats?” are shared in a number of languages, with a native-speaker host there to assist when conversation gets stuck and grammar bars the way.

Language Café outdoors

What we, the delighted winners of this year’s Multilingualism in the Community Award, noticed, however, is that although our cafés draw people from diverse backgrounds (and certainly not always just students),  there were still members of the community that were conspicuous by their absence: where were our Thai, our Somalian, our Turkish, our Iranian (among others) community members? These are cultural groups that are integral to contemporary Swedish society and that are as welcome to our language cafés as our current (predominantly Swedish) participants are. Our mission has now become to find a means of involving them too!

Our ideas didn’t stop there either…

We also wondered about Sign Language: it too should have a place at our language cafés… and what about pupils with special needs who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn a second language?

Now that we have won the wonderful amount of some 20 000 SEK, the doors of possibility have swung generously open.

Swedish Table

We want to use the money to be even more inclusive. All those kronor will allow us to organise more cafés at times and places that suit more people. We will visit organisations that work with newcomers to Sweden to learn about how we can provide them with this opportunity to share “Coffee with a Multicultural Flavour”. We want to give them the chance to get to know their Swedish neighbours in informal but planned language café get-togethers – a chance that will allow the “Swedish neighbours” to get to know them too. We would like to enrol student ambassadors (Education Students), who can spread the ethos of our language cafés to pupils with special needs. And of course multicultural events can only enrich these ideas, so why not organize events that are as meaningful to these many groups as “The Crayfish Party” is to Swedes?!

So yes, lots of ideas and lots of planning and lots of worthwhile work ahead. We at Dalarna University’s Language Centre would like to thank Multilingual Matters for providing us with this opportunity to develop and grow: tack så hemskt mycket!

Mandy Bengts, Coordinator of the Language Cafés at Dalarna University
Language Centre: http://du.se/languagecentre
Dalarna University: http://du.se


Happy New Year!

10 January 2012

Happy New Year! The Channel View team would like to wish you all the very best for 2012!

We will shortly be announcing the winner of the 2012 Multilingual Matters Multilingualism in the Community Award so please keep an eye on the blog for this as well as other news from the Channel View office.


Multilingual Matters Award for Multilingualism in the Community

20 September 2011

Channel View Publications is delighted to announce the 2012 Multilingual Matters Award to support multilingualism in families, schools and communities. We will be awarding £2000 to a group or individual that needs financial support in setting up and running a project to promote and develop multilingualism. This may be a website, a newsletter, school or playgroup, or something else entirely, and can be based anywhere in the world.

We are now accepting applications for the 2012 award, which will be awarded in December 2011. All you need to do is fill out the Multilingual Matters Award entry form and send it to info@channelviewpublications.com by 31st October 2011.

The only condition is that your proposal must primarily be about languages and language use.

For information on the 2011 award winner Corey Heller please see her post about her plans for the money.

If you have any questions about the award please get in touch at info@channelviewpublications.com. We look forward to receiving your entry!


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