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VIRTUAL EVENT: Conversations with multilingual international students

25 February 2021, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

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This webinar will explore themes relating to multilingual students in higher education, and discuss an institutional research and development project where COVID-19 meets the decolonising arts movement.

This event is free.

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This event will report on the research and development project 'Reimagining Conversations with Multilingual Students'.

The purpose of the project is to deepen understanding of the conditions that would optimise the intellectual and creative development of multilingual international students at a creative arts university. The project methodology draws on the principles of ethnographic monitoring and has been influenced by efforts to decolonise the university.

Due the pandemic, fieldwork has shifted online and an opportunity for thinking and reflection has emerged where ethnographically-oriented institutional research and the decolonising arts movement overlap. 

This presentation explores issues emerging from early fieldwork and analysis of classroom interaction and is guided by three exploratory themes: 

  • how the presence of international multilingual students influences and is influenced by classroom interaction
  • the ways in which language makes artistic practice possible
  • the extent to which decolonial practice is evident. 

In highlighting some of the immediate impacts of institutional context on language use, the seminar seeks to open up discussion around boundaries and responsibilities for practitioners and researchers seeking change.

Academic Writing Seminar Series

Monthly seminar series where speakers present research and innovations in practice, and reflect on personal and institutional experiences of academic writing.


About the Speaker

Dr Victoria Odeniyi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Reimagining Conversations with Multilingual students at University of the Arts (UAL)

Victoria leads the institutional research and development project Reimagining Conversations with Multilingual Students supported by the Academic Development Fund at the University of the Arts, London.

She is affiliated to the Decolonising Arts Institute and UAL Language Centre.

Her previous research includes the Developing Educators project at Queen Mary University of London and the Reading Peer Review project at Birkbeck University of London.

Before she joined UAL, Victoria was a dissertation supervisor at the UCL Institute of Education and taught a Language, Culture and Communication course at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Currently, she teaches English in a Multilingual World courses at Goldsmiths, the University of London.

Her academic interests include:

  • sociolinguistics
  • postcolonial Englishes
  • multilingualism
  • qualitative research
  • anti-racism
  • academic practice
  • decolonising the university.
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