In summer 2019, the whole of Year 9 (current Year 11) took part in a project in collaboration with artist Louise Atkinson, and researchers from the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield. The aim of the project was to investigate different languages across the Rusholme area of the city, in order to celebrate and consider how and why these different languages are used. 18 months since the project first began, we are delighted to be able to share further results through a brilliant new ‘zine.
Over the course of several days, pupils spent time at the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to learn about the LinguaSnapp app, and how and why the university is tracking the different languages used across the city. Following this, we visited Rusholme and took photographs and made sketches of the different language ‘signs’ that we saw, and spoke to members of the local community in order to better understand the context. Finally, we went to the Whitworth Art Gallery to create an artistic representation of our findings.
Louise turned our small pieces into one large celebration of the colours, shapes and signs within the ‘linguistic landscape’ that we experienced throughout the project, and this large piece can be found sitting proudly in our canteen as a reminder of not only the project, but the wonderful diversity of our city and our school community. The ‘zine now showcases more of our pupils’ artwork, photographs and comments and neatly summarises the work. All current Year 11 pupils will receive a printed copy of the magazine.
Click here for an online version of the ‘zine.
We continue to celebrate linguistic diversity here at Burnage Academy, where we have over 40 languages spoken by our pupils. We see this as a gift and a skill to be nurtured and encouraged, and are proud to be able to have contributed to such a strong piece of work that is helping Manchester and other UK cities to consider their policies towards language.