The Linguistics in MFL project has launched a manifesto for linguistics in language teaching in the UK context.
Whilst Linguistics has been long overlooked as a pedagogical and motivational tool in language teaching, the manifesto argues that it can (i) help students of languages (from classical to modern) understand the relevance of the subject, (ii) increase learner independence, (iii) increase curiosity for a wider range of languages and (iv) foster intrinsic motivation for language learning. These benefits have important implications for the development of skills and, ultimately, for the economy.
The manifesto aims to map challenges, opportunities and potential actions in this domain and to catalyze networking between academics and other stakeholders involved in linguistics and languages teaching.
The manifesto has been endorsed by a range of stakeholders and subject associations, including UCML, and can be downloaded here.