MultiLila – Multliingualism and multiliteracy project
Thursday, 12 July 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 13 July 2018 - 5:00pm

This event is a key part of the MultiLila (Multliingualism and multiliteracy project) project, led by the University of Cambridge, with co-investigators from the University of Reading, Jawaharlal Nehru University, English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad) and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Karnataka, in co-operation with British Council India and other key Indian partners. This longitudinal project aims to explore the development of multilingual children’s learning and cognitive abilities in a range of contexts. The three research sites are Delhi, Hyderabad and Bihar. 

Through this event we aim to:

  • disseminate early research findings
  • continue the dialogue around the need for good practices in multilingual education strategies and policy in India, and the transference of good practices from India to elsewhere
  • engage in knowledge exchange with a wide variety of organisations and stakeholders
  • explore ways of reaching additional audiences (e.g. parents) to advocate around these issues, via input from the invited audience.

The two-day event schedule is outlined below:

Thursday 12 July 2018

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome and inaugural

10.00 – 11.00

Plenary session – Multilingual education: attitudes, policies and practice (Dhir Jhingran – Language and Learning Foundation)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee/tea break

11.30 – 12.30

Overview of the MultiLila project

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Panel discussion: ‘The role of the home language and English in multilingual education in India’

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee/tea break

15.30 – 17.00

Reflections from project co-investigators

18.00 – 20.30

Launch of research report ‘Multilingual classrooms: opportunities and challenges for English medium instruction in low and middle-income countries’ and networking reception*

 *Please note this part of the event will take place at the British Council office – 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi. For more information about this launch event please see here

Friday 13 July 2018

9.30 – 10.00

Recap of Day 1 and overview of Day 2

11.30 – 12.30

Plenary session – What do classroom observations tell us about multilingual practices in India? (Amy Lightfoot – British Council India)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee/tea break

11.30 – 13.00

Break-away topic-based group sessions relating to multilingual education including:

  • Advocacy for parents
  • Resources for teachers
  • Bridging policy and practice
  • Language in mathematics
  • Using effective questions in the classroom
  • Using storytelling effectively in the classroom
  • Student-centred approaches
  • Technology in multilingual education

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Summary of group discussions and recommendations

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee/tea break

16.00 – 16.30

Conclusion of event