The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
The Languages Company (TLC)
LSE recognises the importance of language in the global workforce and actively encourages the take up of languages across all disciplines. The LSE Language Centre, under the leadership of its Director Nick Byrne, has greatly expanded its language programmes over the last decade, resulting in some 250 students taking a language as part of their degree and around 1500 students following a language course as part of their personal and professional development. LSE has strong links with political decision makers internationally and its reputation attracts media interest because the events which it organises always contribute to essential debate and help put forward ideas and solutions. The LSE will not only contribute to the applied research aspects of the project, but can also attract a key audience of language experts, practitioners and decision makers who will focus the debate and help ensure the success of the publications and future work groups which will carry on the debate and monitor developments.
As the applicant organisation LSE will oversee the budget and ensure efficient reporting and the accountability of the project, using its long experience and expertise in project management. It will also make a significant input to the research elements of the project, in particular relating to Higher Education. LSE has a proven track-record in organising conferences as well as an international reputation as a centre for debate about the social and political sciences. It will therefore play a major role in organising the seminars and International Conference at the core of the project.
TLC was set up in 2008 by Lid King, National Director for Languages. It helps to deliver the National Languages Strategy on behalf of the Department for Children Schools and Families, in particular by supporting the introduction of languages into Primary Schools, by working to ensure the success of The Languages Review (the “Dearing Review”) and by promoting the National Strategy and helping to coordinate its delivery. Its wide knowledge of and commitment to languages education and language policy means that the company is also involved in a number of projects and initiatives in support of language teaching and learning – supporting pedagogy, promoting discussion about language policy and increasing access to information and resources. Its role in LE TPP is that of coordination, ensuring that the project is well managed and that timelines are met. It has particular responsibility for Research - in order to provide a sound information basis for the project, and will also ensure that the outcomes of the activity are widely disseminated and that they provide the basis for further networking.
Associate PartnersConfédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur (CERCLES)
Founded in Strasbourg in 1991, CercleS is a confederation of independent associations from 22 countries in Europe. It brings together some 290 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of language.
Its members have several thousand academic, administrative and technical staff, and some 250, 000 students who learn all the world's main languages. CercleS is committed to the highest possible standards in language education and research.Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV)
Founded in Paris in 1931, the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes is the only international multilingual association of teachers of languages.
It has Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) ‘operational relations’ status with UNESCO and has representation as an NGO with the Council of Europe.