Alison Phipps

Alison Phipps

Alison Phipps is UNESCO Professor of Refugee Integration through Languages & the Arts; Co-convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network & Principal Investigator: AHRC RM Borders

Location Glasgow


  • Thanks to you and all the learners, we've learned a lot from your comments and reflections and questions too

  • thanks Vera, glad its making you think too - all your comments are really stimulating us as well

  • And research has also shown how important music is to learning languages

  • The philosopher Merleau Ponty said 'speech is a kind of singing!'

  • very good, critical point - thank you

  • Good luck with all that language learning Jess - very admirable

  • And if the life of society is important to the individual then that also shapes directions

  • Ahhhh yes - we cannot learn all the languages in the world, but what linguists have found is that if you learn one or two you begin to find that 'quite a few' becomes possible. In other parts of the world outwith Europe and North America multilingualism is the mother tongue and people are teaching and learning languages in everyday life, not through classes,...

  • I will use that quote - 'we shouldn't bound ourselves by the languages we are oppressed to learn" Thank YOU

  • Very interesting Irma

  • And it's amazing what happens when we let ourselves learn with love

  • Thanks so much for these comments The Ya Aung and for the way they have opened out your desire to learn ethnic languages of Myanmar.

  • that is a beautiful summary of the video Ariel

  • Thanks for teaching us so much about the different requirements in The Netherlands

  • yes - the social being is vital to being human

  • This is a really good summary and I love the comment about 'perfumed' - a nice play with the idea of hygiene.

  • Thanks Horia, interesting comments

  • Thanks - I know the musicians will enjoy this comment too

  • What was the surprise Carlos, that's interesting.

  • So glad you have been enjoying the Course Rosie and the ideas of power and influence. Do keep reading!

  • Tutors are so important for inspiring us and showing us a way of learning. I had the same experience in school

  • Yes - it's a requirement of the course platform - we have other online versions of the poem without them, but outside the future learn platform

  • These are really interesting reflections from Myanmar, The Ya Aung. Doing the activity helped me understand where power was located and who was served by it.

  • Thanks Mrs Yoko - it's lovely to have you back on the course and to receive your thoughtful comments. We often speak about your frog reflections - they are very precious to us in the team

  • very interesting points Mary

  • Nicely expressed - a dialect with an army!

  • Yes - that's correct. It's a strange place to be- a statue dominating the park but celebrating the massacre of thousands of Abassyians. At present there is a debate in the City of Glasgow about adding to the information about these old statues so people know the other side of the imperial story. Its an interesting set of issues which this raises

  • Is Latin really static? I'm not sure - its certainly got a lot of class kudos and associations with elitism in the UK context

  • I think its also important to remember that countries are never monolingual but full of many languages and dialects - Scotland has many official languages too - but its the idea of English which dominates

  • Yes - this is an important and often forgotten point

  • We also had a lot of fun putting the debate together so i'm glad you enjoyed it Jennifer

  • This is really interesting - thanks for sharing Jess

  • Yes, it's not an easy topic but it raises important questions of power and authority

  • I'm really enjoying this discussion about naming.

  • I think you will enjoy some of the sessions coming up in the next weeks

  • Beautifully expressed. Keep that passion

  • Yes- its very important to maintain the mother language and its one of the best advantages bilinguals have over other advantages for learning.

  • Yes - and this is a difficult political condition for those who don't work in English - and this is also a critique we have of this particular online course- that we have to operate in English mostly - its part of that monolingual conditioning Gramling speaks of

  • The critical component isn't about being bad at learning languages but the material and political conditions which make some more able to access language learning than others.

  • This is very important and David Gramling's work really helps you understand how different linguistic conditions come about in the world.

  • I like your curiosity about the languages of ancestors, Michael and also the heritage you are bringing in here.

  • Looking forward to introducing you to some of the new thinking around this area in future sessions

  • I hope so too