The launch event

The British Academy has kindly agreed to host an event to launch the LASER project. It will take place on Monday 11th March 2019, between registration at 10.00 and a final discussion taking us to 5.00.

The aim of the meeting will be to launch LASER, to discuss its manifesto, and to consider ways of moving the agenda forward.

The provisional list of speakers is as follows:

  • Professor Bas Aarts (UCL, Director of Englicious and of the Survey of English Usage)
  • Ian Baukham (Headmaster, Chair of the TSC Report on FL Pedagogy)
  • Dr Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University, Reader in Linguistics and Project Lead on Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages)
  • Profesor Paul Glaister (Reading University, Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK)
  • Neil Sheldon (previously Senior Master at Manchester Grammar School and Vice President of the Royal Statistical Society)
  • Rachel Hawkes (Comberton Academy Trust, FL teacher and author, past President of ALL)


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