Languages 360 degrees: Symposium to evaluate the health of languages in England

Date(s): 18 July 2012
Location: Europe House, London

Following the launch of the Language Rich Europe Report at the LSE on 28th June 2012, a symposium took place on 18 July at Europe House for stakeholders from education and employment to take forward the debate about the future of languages in England. Its aim was to address the principle objectives of Language Rich Europe and put forward recommendations for future action with regard to:

  • How to promote intercultural dialogue and social inclusion through language teaching and learning
  • How to promote European cooperation in developing language policies and practices across education sectors and broader society
  • How to inform and increase the nature and extent of employer engagement with languages education
  • How to raise awareness of the European Union and Council of Europe recommendations for promoting language learning and linguistic diversity across Europe

Four short inputs stimulated discussion at the event. Click on the title to download the presentation in PDF.

  1. Language learning is essential for developing a sense of identity – Dr. Lid King
  2. Languages and intercultural flexibility are key to improving economic prosperity – Professor Stephen Hagen
  3. Taking advantage of European Citizenship will boost language learning in England – Dr. Angeliki Petrits and John Evans
  4. England has the poorest language learners in Europe – Bernardette Holmes
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