Inspiring Languages Week

Date(s): 22-26 September 2014
Location: UK wide!

Get involved in promoting languages!

Inspiring languages week

With the European Day of Languages on 26 September, what better time to join in a national celebration of languages – with a special focus on careers?

Through the free employee volunteer programme Inspiring the Future we are running a national Inspiring Languages Week to help young people in schools and colleges learn about the world of opportunities that speaking another languages opens to them.

Inspiring the Future provides a quick and easy way for schools and employers to connect. Already there are hundreds of volunteers who use languages in their jobs who’ve offered to go into schools to talk to pupils.

They include lawyers, civil servants, engineers and psychologists, using their languages in organisations ranging from Rolls Royce to Save the Children, from PR companies to banks. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu, and many more!

The volunteers will be happy to take part in whatever activities you organise, whether it’s an assembly, a session as part of European Day of Languages celebrations, to judge competitions or to talk to small groups of pupils – it’s up to you.

Find out more about Inspiring the Future & how to sign up!

Further information

One of our main objectives for the campaign this year is to forge strategic partnerships with other organisations active in promoting educational opportunities and in particular, opportunities for languages. With a specific focus on languages skills for employment, we have set up a project with the Education and Employers’ Taskforce (EET) to develop a bespoke languages initiative linked to the organisation’s Inspiring the Future network.  The EET has some 3,000 employer-volunteers willing to go into schools and raise aspirations for young people in KS3 and KS4, plugging the gaps left by the depletion of resources and infrastructure in careers education. About 1,100 of these employer-volunteers have offered to talk about how they use languages in their professional lives.

We intend to run a focus languages week supported by the EET and the British Council from 22-26 September, culminating in a high profile reception at the BC. This will be followed by national activity through the Routes Regional Network. We aim to motivate young people in KS3 and KS4 to continue with languages post-14 and post-16 by providing access to ‘significant others’ who use languages for real in their work.

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