Creativity in the community languages classroom

This two year project focuses on the potential of activities based on creative works to support the learning of community languages. The team of researchers are working with teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Panjabi and Tamil in four schools (mainstream and complementary)

(a) to design, trial and evaluate a set of activities based on use of creative works in their lessons

(b) to produce a web resource to support other community languages teachers in making effective use of creative works.

The project will lead to improved understanding of the importance of activities based on use of creative works for learners of community languages and appropriate pedagogical approaches including involvement of parents and other community members. Professional development and research outcomes will be widely disseminated serving to raise the profile of community languages and support collaboration between mainstream and complementary schools.

Further information about the project and its findings can be found on the Goldsmiths, University of London 'Multilingual Learning website'.

The web resource, 'Arts Based Creativity in the Community Languages Classroom: a Professional Development Resource', is now available to download.

Project details



Dr Jim Anderson, Professor Eve Gregory, Dr Charmian Kenner, Dr Claudine Kirsch, Dr Clare Kelly, Professor Yangguang Chen, Dr Ana Souza and Yu-Chiao Chung

Goldsmiths, University of London

Funding programme


Grant amount and duration

31 January 2009 - 31 March 2011