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Decolonising languages: Ways forward for UK HE and beyond

Citation: Ford, Joseph and Santos, Emanuelle (2022) Decolonising languages: Ways forward for UK HE and beyond. Languages, Society and Policy . ISSN 2515-3854


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In the following opinion article, Joseph Ford and Emanuelle Santos give a short account of work being done with a view to ‘decolonise languages’ in UK Higher Education and pose some fundamental questions that are still absent from mainstream discussions on the topic.

Creators: Ford, Joseph (0000-0002-0361-621X) and Santos, Emanuelle and
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Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords: Decolonisation, Modern Languages, Decolonising the Curriculum, UK Higher Education
Divisions: Institute of Modern Languages Research
  • 20 June 2022 (accepted)
  • 1 July 2022 (published)
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