Guardian Public Language Champion Award

20 Aug 2013

The British Academy has partnered with the Guardian to raise the profile of language learning in the UK. From August 2013 the newspaper will be campaigning to increase public interest in and awareness of the impact language learning has on British society. They say, “we want to put language learning on the agenda with the government, industry, education, media and the public and generate a national debate on the importance of language learning.”

acanadianfoodieAs part of the campaign they are launching the Guardian Public Language Champion Award. The award recognises the commitment and passion shown by a public figure to the importance of language for British society. The category is open for nominations of public figures at all levels and aims to reward an individual who has championed languages. They are looking for people who have made a difference in some way to encourage the uptake of languages by schools, communities or in the workplace.

This is where they need your help. They would like to invite you to nominate your Public Language Champions for 2013.  This can be a person who has publicly backed the importance of language learning in the UK in any number of ways – through involvement in charitable campaigns, changing or lobbying of policy, educating and sharing of expertise, broadcasting or writing… the only specification is that they must simply be a well known public figure.

Their judging committee will then compile a shortlist and the winner will be decided by an open poll published on  All shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend the British Academy Language Festival in November where the winner will be announced and presented with their award.

Could you please send up to five nominations to before Friday 30th August 2013, stating their name, contact details or person to contact and a brief reason for nomination. Please also include your contact details so that you can be contacted!

If you have any questions about the award, please do get in touch via, and here is CILT’s ‘Celebrity Linguists’ list for inspiration…

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